2005 DC Asian
Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 16
Since its inception in 2000, the DC Asian
Pacific American Film Festival, annually presented
by APA Film, has introduced more
than 10,000 people in the Washington area
to the fresh new voices of Asian Pacific
American filmmakers. In theaters in and
around Washington, DC, the festival will
showcase more than 100 short and feature
length films and videos in narrative, documentary
and experimental form. For more
information, visit www.apafilm.org.
AFI Member Passes will be accepted at
all screenings in the A.P.A. Film Festival.
THE GRACE LEE PROJECT
When filmmaker Grace Lee moved
from Missouri to Los Angeles, she
was stunned to find hundreds of
Asian-American women with her
name. A hilarious exploration that
contrasts stereotypes with the real-life
experiences of Grace Lees throughout
DIR/SCR/PROD Grace Lee;
PROD Amy Ferraris. US, 2005, 68
GOD IS GOOD
Seven-year-old Harold Choi's life is
altered forever when his mother
finally takes action against her philandering
Caryn Waechter. US, 2004, 23 min.
SHORTS IN URBAN TIME
The ebb and flow of urban life--
and the city dwellers who live it--
is the shared theme of this diverse
program of short films.
Dypiangco. US, 2004, b&w, 4
Brian Chang. US, 2005, b&w, 4
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
J. P. Chan. US, 2005, b&w and
color, 4 min. UNRATED
DANCE MANIA FANTASTIC
Sasie Sealy; PROD Siggi Hilmarsson
and Wendy Cheng. US, 2004,
color, 12 min. In Japanese with
English subtitles. UNRATED
SEX AND COFFEE
Lee Isaac Chung. US, 2004, color,
13 min. UNRATED
I'LL HAVE AN ESPRESSO, AND JUST A
Ernest Woo. US, 2004, color, 2
DIR/SCR Kit Hui; PROD
Ramsey Fong and Cherry Montejo.
US, 2005, color, 14 min. In
Cantonese with English subtitles.
THE MONSTER AND THE PEANUT
DIR/SCR/PROD Franklin Jin Rho.
US, 2005, color, 18 min. UNRATED
SEIBUTSU (STILL: LIFE)
Turner Lin; PROD Dennis Lee. US,
2004, color, 19 min. In Japanese
with English subtitles. UNRATED
SLOW JAM KING
Wacky road movie in which a Filipino American gangsta-wannabe kidnaps a traveling perfume salesman and finds himself in the middle of a Nashville country music family feud.
DIR/SCR/PROD Steven E. Mallorca.
US, 2004, color, 109 min. UNRATED
LIFESTYLES OF ASIAN
Includes Justin Lin (BETTER LUCK
TOMORROW) and Josh Diamond's
SPOTLIGHTING, a whirlwind documentary
about the evolution of Filipino
band The Sunspots; BROWN
LIKE DAT, documenting how a
group of poets, MCs and DJs joined
to respond to post-9/11 anti-immigrant
backlash; and a selection of
music videos, from the DIY spirit of
Mike Park (Asian Man Records) to the urban stylings of Chinese Canadian
female rapper Masia One.
DIR/SCR Justin Lin
and Josh Diamond; PROD Julie
Asato, Josh Diamond, Joan Huang
and Justin Lin. US, 2004, color, 26
BROWN LIKE DAT
Raeshem Chopra Nijhon. US,
2005, color, 34 min. UNRATED
I WAS BORN, BUT...
An intensely personal memoir of
filmmaker Roddy Bogawa's experience
growing up in the LA punk
scene and discovering his identity.
Bookended by the deaths of Joey
Ramone and Joe Strummer.
DIR/SCR Roddy Bogawa; PROD
Jason Simon. US, 2004, 16mm,
color, 90 min. UNRATED
& WILD SHORTS
From spoofing a busy call center in
India to a John Woo-style shootout
in a Texas convenience store, these
films all use satire and parody to
enlighten and entertain.
DIR Amyn Kaderali.
US, 2005, color, 12 min. UNRATED
BUNNY AND CLYDO
DIR Rocky Jo. US,
2005, color, 20 min. UNRATED
DIR Steven Tschida. US,
2005, color, 5 min. UNRATED
DIR Yohei Kawamata.
US, 2005, color, 5 min. UNRATED
HERE COMES PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
Kawamata. US, 2005, color, 13
DIR Ryan Tse. US, 2005,
color, 5 min. UNRATED
A CHINK IN THE ARMOR
DIR Baun Mah.
US, 2005, color, 25 min. UNRATED
THE FALL OF FUJIMORI
Elected as a reformer, Alberto Fujimori
became a dictator to fight a
war on terror. A rich portrait of a
complex man and a country in turmoil,
Ellen PerryÕs film is both
humorous and horrifying.
Ellen Perry; SCR Kim Roberts, Zach
Anderson and Ellen Perry. US, 2005,
color, 83 min. UNRATED
In 1914, the Komagata Maru, a Japanese
ship chartered by Indian Sikh
businessman Gurdit Singh, was
denied entry into Canada due to
the questionable nature of the ship's contents: 376 passengers of Indian
descent. This documentary culminates
with a standoff in Vancouver
Harbor, multiple assassinations, and
the ship's return to India--to be
attacked by British authorities.
DIR/SCR/PROD Ali Kazimi. Canada,
2004, b&w and color, 87 min. In
English and Punjab/Urdu with English
Bai Ling returns from Hong Kong to
New York, reuniting with the daughter
she left to be raised by her
grandmother 19 years earlier, and
forcing a painful reconciliation. Sundance
Festival 2002; CineVegas Festival
2002, Critics Award, Special
Bertha Bay Sa-Pan; SCR Oren
Moverman & Bertha Bay Sa-Pan. US,
2002, color, 87 min. UNRATED
An American citizen visiting the
Philippines for his father's funeral
learns that his mother and sister
have been kidnapped and threatened
with murder if he fails to comply.
The kidnappers are the Islamic terrorist
group Abu Sayyaf, and their
demands create a moral dilemma. A
taut thriller and rollicking tour of
the markets and back alleys of
Cavite. South By Southwest Festival
2005. Preceded by Eli Africa's short
film SELLING SONGS OF LEYTE.
DIR/SCR Neill Dela Llana and Ian
Gamazon; PROD Neill Dela Llana,
Ian Gamazon and Quynn Ton. US,
2005, color, 80 min. In English and
Spanish and Tagalog with English
SELLING SONGS OF LEYTE
A documentary that presents a colorful
look at fish vendors on the
Philippine island province of Leyte
and their tradition of singing songs
to sell their wares.
Eli Africa. US/Philippines, 2005,
color, 14 min. UNRATED