Record Number of Asian American Feature Films Will Include L.A. Premieres of Ham Tran's "Journey From the Fall" and Eric Byler's "AMERICANese" to Bookend Eight Day Festival
The 22nd edition of VC FILMFEST: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Honda will feature a record number of feature films from Asian American filmmakers during its eight-day film fest beginning May 4 - May 11 in Los Angeles. Visual Communications (VC), the nations pioneering premiere Asian American media arts resource and education center will present over 140 films, shorts and videos with an unprecedented 16 feature films from 18 Asian American artists.
"This is truly an historic number of feature films from our own artists," states VC executive director, Leslie Ito. "This years showcase of Asian American films underscores the fact that these filmmakers are not waiting for Hollywood to call and are doing it on their own. With Ang Lee being the first non-white director to win the Oscar for Best Director, we are hopeful that these emerging storytellers will also become future contenders. For VC, these artists and their stories illustrate the strength that our organization has in terms of developing, shaping and supporting their works."
The opening, centerpiece and closing night films of this years festival are from three Asian American filmmakers whose careers got their start with short films showcased at previous VC FILMFESTs. This year, the Festival is proud to present the Los Angeles Premiere screenings of the Sundance hit film "JOURNEY FROM THE FALL" from local filmmaker Ham Tran as the Opening Night feature on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA); the centerpiece screening of Sundance award winner "EVE & THE FIRE HORSE" from Julia Kwan on Saturday, May 6 at the DGA; and Eric Bylers "AMERICANese" as the Closing Night film on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo.
The list of Asian American features being presented at this years fest include:
* JOURNEY FROM THE FALL - HAM TRAN
* PUNCHING AT THE SUN - TANUJ CHOPRA
* THE MOTEL - MICHAEL KANG
* CONVENTIONEERS - MORA MI-OK STEPHENS
* THE MISTRESS OF SPICES - PAUL MAYEDA BERGES
* SAIGON LOVE STORY - VINH "RINGO" LE
* EVE & THE FIRE HORSE - JULIA KWAN
* THE QUEEN FROM VIRGINIA - DAVID NGO
* ONLY THE BRAVE - LANE NISHIKAWA
* KIEU - VU T THU HA
* RIGODON - SARI LLUCH DALENA/KEITH SICAT
* ASIAN STORIES BOOK 3 - RON ODA/KRIS CHIN
* PURITY - NARHEE AHN
* FINDING HOME - ART NOMURA
* COLMA: THE MUSICAL - RICHARD WONG
* AMERICANESE - ERIC BYLER
Established in 1983, VC FILMFEST is Southern Californias leading showcase for Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. This year, the eight-day movierama will also include a complement of filmmaker seminars and panel discussions, workshops, and filmmaker awards. The Festival will take place at the Directors Guild of America, Laemmles Sunset 5 Theaters, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy/JANM, and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.
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