Tomorrow (May 2) is the start of the LA Asian Pacific Film Fest! For the next 10 days, Angelenos will be able to watch Asian/American actors on the big screen! What, Asian actors? YES! I can’t believe it myself. [use trailer voice] In a world of emasculating and stereotypical Asian roles in entertainment, there exists a festival (or two or three) around the country that showcases Asian filmmakers and their films… with real Asian actors! [/end trailer voice]
Here’s the general info on tickets and what it’s going to cost you to see mostly-not-white people on the screen: http://asianfilmfestla.org/2013/box-office/
The festival gets kicked off by the documentary Linsanity. By now, you may have heard of Jeremy Lin, Asian American guy who plays pro basketball? If not, who are you? Even the NHL has Asian hockey players (Paul Kariya, Richard Park, Devin Setoguchi, Jamie Storr, Brandon Yip…) Anyway, Daniel Dae-Kim narrates the film, which covers Lin’s upbringing in Palo Alto, CA to heading off to Harvard to his shot in the NBA.
As a feminist, aka. a person who wants to be paid the same as a white man if I’m doing the same work, I’m interested in this panel – Women Got The Power. It’s scheduled for Sunday May 5 at DGA. Go get your tickets and maybe you’ll see me. Or not. Apparently, some of you think all Asians look alike.
Not into panels? There are 148 films being screened between May 2 – May 12.
Another preso I’d like to get tickets for is Nice Girls Crew. It stars Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, and Tsai Chin (who you may remember as one of the moms from The Joy Luck Club). The premise – three girl friends in a book club. Hello, I’m in!
Other screenings that caught my eye:
Yellow Face starring Ryan Yu and Christopher “Abs” Gorham. This is interesting – it’s labeled as work-in-progress, and the final cut will be aired on YouTube!
Insert Credit is an animated short by David Nguyen. It’ll be run on Saturday May 4 under the Shorts Program.
Sake Bomb brings two cousins on a road trip to find one of their ex-girlfriends. Comedy ensues.
Don’t let me stop you from watching the other 143 productions. Go through their directory and pick your faves. Enjoy and let me know what you’re looking forward to.
FTC Disclosure: VC Communications sent out a media alert; no trade was exchanged for this post. DUH. Don’t you think I would have said “I got tickets, yo!” in my post, if I did? Broaden your horizons; watch something else in addition to Iron-Man 3.