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LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 32 YEARS PRESENTING OVER 140 OUTSTANDING FILMS FOR THE 2016 EDITION APRIL 21 – 28, 2016

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 16•16

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LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATE
32 YEARS PRESENTING OVER 140 OUTSTANDING FILMS FOR
THE 2016 EDITION APRIL 21 – 28, 2016

Southern California’s Largest Asian Pacific Film Festival Runs April 21-28, 2016
Presenting the Best Films From Over 20 Countries Showcasing Documentaries and Narratives
from the Diverse Voices of Asian Pacific Americans and Asian Peoples from Around the Globe.
World Premiere from Lena Khan – “THE TIGER HUNTER” Kicks Off Fest Opening Night
Los Angeles Premiere of Pamela Tom’s – “TYRUS” as Centerpiece Documentary
West Coast Premiere of Salima Koroma’s – “BAD RAP” Featuring Best Asian American Rappers
Six World Premieres Including LA Filmmakers Ryan Yu’s THE LAST TOUR; Janice Tanaka’s
REBEL WITH A CAUSE; and Quentin Lee’s THE UNBIDDEN
Los Angeles Premiere of Jonathan Lim’s – “PALI ROAD” Closes Out the Festival
Artist Spotlight Presents Award Winning Director Dai Sil Kim-Gbson
With the LA Premiere of Her Acclaimed Latest Film “PEOPLE ARE THE SKY”
and Special Presentations of Early Works – “SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN” and “SA-I-GU: FROM KOREAN WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES”

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2016 Edition of The Conference for Creative Content (C3) Celebrates and Recognizes Diversity in Front and Behind the Camera With Industry Guilds and Acclaimed Creatives Takes Place During Fest
LOS ANGELES Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced its program of outstanding films for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration is presented across the city of Los Angeles from
Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood.

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VC proudly celebrates 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind. The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 140 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international artists. For over three decades, the Festival has presented more than 3,800 films
and shorts by Asian American and Asian international talent. This year, a total of 140 films comprised of 34 feature films and 106 shorts will be showcased throughout the eight-day fest
The 32nd LAAPFF competition film line-up is as follows:
COMPETITION NARRATIVES
• COMFORT (Los Angeles Premiere) Director WILLIAM LU
• GRASS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director TANUJ CHOPRA
• THE LAST TOUR (World Premeire) Director RYAN YU
• PALI ROAD (Los Angeles Premiere) Director JONATHAN LIM
• THE TIGER HUNTER (World Premiere) Director LENA KHAN
• THE UNBIDDEN (World Premiere) Director QUENTIN LEE
• VAMPARIAH (World Premiere) Director MATTHEW ABAYA
COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES
• BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY (Los Angeles Premiere) Director BEN WANG
• DAZE OF JUSTICE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MICHAEL SIV
• THE GREAT SASUKE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MIKIKO SASAKI
• HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Los Angeles Premiere) Director NANFU WANG
• OUT RUN (Los Angeles Premiere) Directors S. LEO CHIANG; JOHNNY SYMONS
• SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY (World Premiere) Director MARYAM KASHANI
• TYRUS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director PAMELA TOM
For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets,
log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462
x59. Tickets are on sale now.
The Festival is honored to return home to Little Tokyo this year and is proud to be partnering
with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:
Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo
111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)
251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012
CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire
621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)
1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021
Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood
7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046
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The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
PRESENTING: Lexus
PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment
GOLD: Directors Guild of America; HBO; Nielsen; Wells Fargo
SILVER: FilmLA, Pechanga
BRONZE: Go Little Tokyo, SAG Indie
STAR: Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Writers Guild of America, West; Simple DCP;
VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center;
Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent;
CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; USC Pacific Asian Museum; Far Bar; Far East Lounge
MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA18 KSCI-TV; MYX TV; TRAKTIVIST.com;
International Documentary Association, FORM follows FUNCTION
GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Humanities
FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific
Community Fund; M.A. & Josephine R. Grisham Foundation
RECEPTION: The Park’s Finest; Asahi; Kirin; Stella Artois; LA18 KSCI-TV; Pop’d Up; Twinkle
Brown Sugar; AFC Soy Foods; Found Coffee, Crème Caramel LA, The Boba Truck; Bruce Tea
IN KIND: The Park’s Finest; HBO; Bruce Tea; Peter Ly; Shiftboard.com; FestPro; Telepath
Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18 KSCI-TV; Ace Beverages; Mendocino Farms;
This year’s Fest boasts of six world premiere feature films from Asian American directors
(including THE TIGER HUNTER):
• THE LAST TOUR from Los Angeles based actor turned director Ryan Yu;
• THE UNBIDDEN – festival alum Quentin Lee’s latest horror offering;
• VAMPARIAH – from returning fest alum Matthew Abaya;
• SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY – from another returning fest alum Maryam Kashani;
• REBEL WITH A CAUSE: THE LIFE OF AIKO HERZIG YOUSHINAGA – from returning fest and VC alum Janice Tanaka.
All of the directors will be at their screenings for Q/A discussion. Check the festival listings for exact showtimes and locations.

CONTACT: 213 624 7827
BARBARA THOMPSON bthompson@tcdm-associates.com
ELISHA GUSTAFSON Elisha@tcdm-associates.com
JACK SONG jsong@tcdm-associates.com

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