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I Gotchu Fam, Always

 

I Gotchu Fam, Always is a shorts program where folks will see the likes of Tess Paras make her directorial debut in THE PATIENTS, the Academy award nominated short WEEKENDS by Trevor Jimenez, and you’ll see formal TFALpodcast guests Christine Balance and Geo Quibuyen make an appearance in Robert Karimi’s Lumpia Campesina. Get your tickets today!

THE PATIENTS

After a “bad fight” with her boyfriend, Filipina-American party girl Regina Ramos ends up in the ER where her Dad works. When her family rushes to her aid, they stumble to connect as a trending topic becomes a real-life issue that affects them all.

WEEKENDS

A young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

Lumpia Campesina

Mero Cocinero, traces his love for lumpia by taking us back to a birthday party where he faces the awkwardness and isolation of being the only Iranian-Guatemalan in attendance. While the DJ spins 80s dance hits, young Mero learns how to transform his alienation into a recipe for empowerment.

 

I Gotchu Fam, Always

Sun, May 5, 7PM

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/i-gotchu-fam-always-shorts-program-5ca3f99da758630023831841

 

NO DATA PLAN

NO DATA PLAN by Mike Revereza makes its west coast premiere at LAAPFF. Named as one of 2018’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film to Watch,” Revereza challenges formal tropes of filmmaking while amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. The unconventional travelogue chronicles Revereza’s life as he uses whatever is available (camera, phone, etc) to traverse through the immigration landscape of the US.

 

NO DATA PLAN

Sun, May 5, 5pm

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/no-data-plan-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca11d

 

Counterflow: Currents in New Filipina/o Music

 

Check out this visual mixtape curated by former TFALpodcast guest Joel Quizon! Counterflow is an experience that features shorts from Philippine artists redefining and reworking the contemporary Filipina/o music landscape.

Counterflow: Currents in New Filipina/o Music

Sat, May 4, 9PM

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/counterflow-currents-in-new-filipina-o-music-shorts-program-5ca3f0bba098b2002f7f64e3

 

Episode 81 – Finding Filipino American Community in LA’s Little Tokyo: Conversations with Alison De La Cruz, Kennedy Kabasares, and Francis Cullado

In Los Angeles, Filipinos have a special relationship with the Little Tokyo neighborhood. In the 1920s and 1930s, Filipino immigrants formed a viable Little Manila district adjacent to the Japanese neighborhood. Little Tokyo was in many ways the heart of the Asian American Movement in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s, prompting many Filipino American activists to work and live in the area. Today, many Filipino American leaders continue to head Asian American organizations headquartered in Little Tokyo, contributing to the cross-cultural coalition work established decades ago.  LA might have Historic Filipinotown, but SoCal’s Filipino American community can be found in numerous places.  Many Filipinos have built a vibrant center in Little Tokyo.

In this episode, Producer Mike takes us on a journey to Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo through the lens of its Filipino American community advocates. He speaks to Alison De La Cruz, Vice President of Programs at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Kennedy Kabasares, artist and resident of Little Tokyo, and Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications, the organization that produces the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Listen as they speak about the rich history of Filipinos in Little Tokyo, the importance of Asian American coalitions, and the legacy of the late Linda Mabalot, former Executive Director of Visual Communications and a pioneering Filipino American visual storyteller.

Pictured: Bill Watanabe, former Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center and the late Linda Mabalot during the construction of the Union Center for the Arts, home to Visual Communications, LA Artcore, and East West Players.

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On a similar note, make sure to check out the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival of which TFAL is a media sponsor. They got some great films lined up, particularly from Filipino and Filipino American filmmakers. You can check out the festival lineup here: https://vcmedia.org/festival.

EERIE

EERIE is set at Saint Lucia Academy for Girls, which is plagued by the ghost of a student who died under mysterious and tragic circumstances. The NEOMANILA & BIRDSHOT director returns to the screen with his play on Filipino mythology that uses supernatural characters that Filipinos may find familiar (mumus, aswangs, and dwendes oh my!). Horror fans will clamor for Mikhail Red’s take on the genre.

 

EERIE

Friday, May 3, 9:30pm

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/eerie-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca125

 

SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN

The 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) shines a light on the country of Taiwan, presenting the very best in Taiwanese cinema and showcasing all its diversity in genres and peoples that make this island nation one of the most unique countries in Asia.

This year, LAAPFF is honored to present two award winning feature films — Heather Tsui’s directorial debut LONG TIME NO SEA, and Malaysian born Wi Ding Ho’s CITIES OF LAST THINGS.

Inspired by her personal experiences and involvement with an aboriginal tribe of Taiwan island, Heather Tsui’s debut LONG TIME NO SEA follows themes of indigenous identity and family traditions. The dance troupe, in real life, has won national awards and has been invited to perform both nationally and internationally. What is captured on screen truly makes Taiwan a true Asian melting pot, bridging the indigenous cultures with Chinese and everything in-between, creating a unique and compelling voice that presents Taiwan as a bridge of Chinese and Pacific Islanders.

From its striking opening image of a man hurling himself to his death from an apartment building, Wi Ding Ho’s CITIES OF LAST THINGS, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the juried Platform award, is an engrossing, evocative tripartite character portrait told in reverse, working back from the Taiwan of the near future to the recent past. It’s a stylish sci-fi noir as if directed by an amalgam of Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with neon-lit alleyways and a humid dreaminess that captures the balmy climes of Taipei nights.

The common thread of these two films is one that is cross-cultural — with LONG TIME NO SEA, its indigenous identity and the legacy of the Yami people and with CITIES OF LAST THINGS, it is Taipei as a way station for lost souls from around the world, much like the seminal BLADERUNNER.

In addition to these two features, this year’s spotlight also highlights the works of emerging filmmakers from the Taiwanese diaspora, a record five short films, the most Taiwanese shorts presented in one festival edition: MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB by Shiang An Chuang, THE VISIT by Roxy Shih, GENTLEMAN SPA by Yu Jhi-han, MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ray Wu, and I CAN’T BRING YOU AWAY by Li-Wei Lin. As LAAPFF is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival for Short Film Awards, short films at the Festival get special recognition and serve as a barometer for the next generation of successful filmmakers.

These films are screening on the following days:

MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB (dir. Shiang An Chuang) appearing in I Gotchu Fam, Always – Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm at Downtown Independent

MERRY-GO-ROUND (dir. Ray Wu) appearing in WWYD (What Would You Do?) – Monday, May 6 at 6:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

I CAN’T BRING YOU AWAY (dir. Li-Wei Lin) appearing in WWYD (What Would You Do?) – Monday, May 6 at 6:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

CITIES OF LAST THINGS (dir. Wi Ding Ho) – Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm at Regal L.A LIVE

THE VISIT (dir. Roxy Shih) appearing in The Tipping Point – Monday, May 6 at 8:30 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

LONG TIME NO SEA (dir. Heather Tsui) – Monday, May 6 at 9:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

GENTLEMAN SPA (dir. Yu Jhi-han) appearing in Blooming Colors – Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

 

 

Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance Revival: Dawn Mabalon Tribute

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presenting a revival screening of the 1997 film BEATS, RHYMES, AND RESISTANCE, the landmark short documentary about Filipinos in Hip Hop in Los Angeles directed by the late Dawn Mabalon, Lakan de Leon, and Jonathan Ramos. The film will be followed by . a panel discussion on the impact of the film and the legacy’s of Dawn’s work. Panelists will include Lakan de Leon, Faith Santilla, Kiwi Illafonte, former TFALpodcast guest Kat Carrido, and Wendell Pascual.

Friday, May 3, 7pm

341 FSN (341 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

 

This free program is part of Visual Communications’ CENTERING THE MASSES series at 341 FSN. To learn more, visit vcmedia.org/centerthemass.

 

YELLOW ROSE

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is kicking off with the world premier of Yellow Rose by Diane Paragas. The film follows Rose Garcia (played by Eve Nobvlezada), a 17-year-old Filipina American in Texas. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rose undertakes a musical journey while facing deportation back to the Philippines. Inspired by the music of country musicians like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, the original composition accompanied by Noblezada’s captivating voice becomes the soundtrack of Rose’s wanderings akin to American westerns.

 

YELLOW ROSE

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 7PM

Aratani Theatre

244 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90012

BUY TICKETS HERE: https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/yellow-rose-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca111

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019

The 35th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) runs May 2nd – May 10th. The festival will hosts features and short films from both North America and Internationally. This Filipino American Life is excited to continue to partner with LAAPFF to highlight Filipino, Filipino American, and Asian Pacific Islander American stories.

Interested in saying multiple films during the festival? Purchase the Festival 10 pack or a Festival Pass! The Festival Pass allows you to attend the Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Gala, and Access to C3: Conference for Creative Content.

For more info on ticketing head here: LAAPFF Box Office & Ticketing

There are also free programs that you can check out! Tickets are required for admission into the theater and will be distributed online and at the Box Office. First come, First serve.

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Episode 80 – Filipino American History, Politics, and Cultural Work in Seattle: TFAL Talks to Dr. Pio De Cano, Devin Cabanilla, and Sendai Era

Over the next few episodes, the TFAL crew brings you some voices from the Pacific Northwest.  This past month, TFAL was on location in Seattle (and later Vancouver) to speak with some of the movers and shakers of the Filipino American community.

In our first installment, we talk to Devin Cabanilla of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and long time political advocate, Dr. Pio de Cano.  We then speak to Rico and Mike of Sendai Era, a duo who met at the University of Washington (Joe’s alma mater!), and now document the city’s rich creative scene through multimedia videos on Instagram.

Seattle has a long Filipino American history, politics, creativity, and food dating back to the turn of the 20th century.  We barely scratched the surface in these episodes, but I hope the next couple of episodes inspires you to dig deeper into the rich Filipino American heritage of this corner of the United States.

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Many thanks to Devin Cabanilla, Joseph Guanlao, and the good folks at Hood Famous Bakeshop (Geo and Chera) for your warm hospitality in the International District!