The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon is celebrating 16 years of uplifting Asian American and Pacific Islander stories and voices this year and will be a held virtually from March 19-28, 2021. The curated program includes narrative and documentary films, livestreamed events and recorded Q&A’s to enrich your film experience.
DisOrient 2021 Sneak Preview
Down A Dark Stairwell: Screening February 27-28, 2021; Tickets required, $9. Click here for tickets. Livestreamed Q&A: Sunday, February 28 @ 3:00 PST. Moderated by DisOrient founder Jason Mak; with Director Ursula Liang and Documentarian and film editor JM Harper. Panel Discussion–Livestream. This content can only be viewed in authorized regions:Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii.
The role of Asian American filmmakers in supporting Black Lives Matter: Saturday, March 21 @ 3:00pm PST. Tickets required—“Pay what you can”. Moderated by DisOrient Founder Jason Mak. Panelists: Daisy Truong, Hisonni Mustafa, Karen Ishizuka, Tadashi Nakamura and Ursula Liang. Click here for tickets.
Film Highlights:Opening Night film: The Girl Who Left Home: A live-action, musical feature film by writer/director/lyricist/producer Mallorie Ortega, and producer Angelo Santos. The film will be followed by two short films, Looking Back, and Ode to a Seafaring People. Livestreamed Q&A on Saturday, March 20 @ 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST. Click here for tickets.
Centerpiece film:Cane Fire: Pacific NW Premiere; Feature Documentary. Merging film history with the personal and political, filmmaker Anthony Banua-Simon offers an eye-opening look at the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. The film will be preceded by two short films, Where Smoke Rises and The Pākalā Kids. Livestreamed Q&A on Friday, March 26 @ 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST. Click here for tickets. Closing Night Film: Coming Home Again: PNW Premiere. Feature film by Wayne Wang, based on a personal essay by Chang Rae Lee, and starring Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, and Christina July Kim.
Our film, When the World Was Young, directed by Garth Kravits and starring Virginia Wing, Jason Ma, Lia Chang and Jo Yang, will screen before Coming Home Again. Livestreamed Q&A on Sunday March 28 @ 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST. Click here for tickets.
See You Then: Feature Narrative by award-winning filmmaker Mari Walker. After 15 years, Kris is finally ready to explain her transgender journey to college girlfriend Naomi (Lynn Chen). Screening with Kaye: This Life Around, the artistic journey of a musician rediscovering her music.
Take Out Girl, Feature film by award-winning director Hisonni Mustafa, with an Asian American hip-hop soundtrack; screening with the world premiere of Blue Lanterns.
4 shorts programs: Emerging Voices, Japanese American Voices Past and Present, Voices of Family, Raising Our Voices
All-access passes ($48) and tickets for all films may be purchased online at www.disorientfilm.org. Check out the website for the full festival schedule, program, and film trailers.
The Center for Asian American Media and HBO® are hosting a special screening and conversation with the winners of the 2020 HBO APA Visionaries Short Film Competition on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. PST/9:00 p.m. EST on Facebook Live.
The 3 finalist films, Tiffany So’s Fine China, Johnson Cheng’s Lonely Blue Night, and Thomas Percy Kim’s Si, explore the theme of “Breaking Barriers.”
They will share their filmmaking journeys, inspirations, and takeaways from the program and the industry. The program will be hosted by actress/director Lynn Chen (Saving Face, I Will Make You Mine), and the conversation moderated by Dino-Ray Ramos, Associate Editor at Deadline Hollywood and creator of the New Hollywood Podcast.
The theme for the 2021 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition is “Taking the Lead.” Films should portray Asian Pacific Americans as being at the forefront of a given narrative, embracing the spirits of trailblazers, heroes, and luminaries through a unique lens.
HBO APA Visionaries:
HBO Asian Pacific American (APA) Visionaries is a short film competition that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work. Judged by a panel of HBO executives, industry leaders, and fellow APA filmmakers, the competition seeks to identify cinematic storytellers who offer unique perspectives of the Asian Pacific American experience.
This program is sponsored by:
Rules & Terms
FREE TO SUBMIT. There is no entry fee to submit your film to this Competition.
1. Director and Co-director(s) must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.
2. Films must have been directed by a person of Asian or Pacific Islander descent [i.e., descendants of the people of the Far East, Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent or Pacific Islands (China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands and Samoa)].
3. Director and Co-director(s) must be at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority in their state of residence (i.e., 19 years of age in Alabama and Nebraska; 21 years of age in Mississippi) as of 4/1/21.
4. Films must be an original live action narrative (no documentaries or animation).
5. Running time (inclusive of credits): 10-15 minutes. Film must be a minimum of 10 minutes in length; submissions shorter than 10 minutes in length will be disqualified. Films must be a maximum of 15 minutes in length (inclusive of title sequence and closing credits); if a submission is longer than 15 minutes in length, only the first 15 minutes of the Film will be judged. Videos longer than 17 minutes will be disqualified.
6. Films must be in the English language or contain accurate English subtitles (common foreign words/phrases are acceptable without subtitles).
7. Film must not be publicly available online through September 30, 2021.
8. Film must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2020.
9. Film must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable (by means of any method or medium) or online.
10. Employees of Home Box Office, Inc. (“Sponsor”), Warner Media, LLC., Don Jagoda Associates, Inc. (“Administrator”), The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (“CAPE”), Visual Communications, FilmFreeway, Vimeo, Inc., YouTube, and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”) and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible.
11. Once completed, submit your film to the HBO APA Visionaries Short Film Competition via FilmFreeway. Follow the on-screen directions to create an account on FilmFreeway and complete your entry. An acknowledgment of the Official Short Film Rules and Official Short Film Competition Release is required to be entered into the Competition.
Submissions for the Competition officially open on January 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM PST and will be accepted until April 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.
12. Limit one entry per person.
Please see Official Rules document (bit.ly/apav5rules3) for more information on the Rules & Terms.
Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2020 – The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Virtual Showcase, presented by Visual Communications (VC), presenters of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), have announced added programs for the final days of inaugural showcase.
Joining the previously announced closing day presentation of AND SHE COULD BE NEXT – directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia, and Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay – are sneak previews of Lynn Chen’s I WILL MAKE YOU MINE and Alice Gu’s SXSW Award Winning THE DONUT KING this weekend starting Friday May 22.
The 36th LAAPFF was slated to launch April 30th, 2020 in theaters in Los Angeles. However, when local and state health authorities advised on minimizing the number of social gatherings due to COVID-19, VC decided to postpone the physical, in-theater screening events and focus on developing an online virtual experience. The result has been a month filled with robust online discussions and screenings.
This online showcase has been a huge success highlighting Asian American Pacific Islander artists whose stories are critical at this moment in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the current wave of increasing violence and racism against Asian Americans due to the virus.
The radical reaction to the virus has thrust the Asian Pacific American community directly into the spotlight with a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. Asian Americans across Los Angeles and the U.S. have tuned in to the showcases programs and events to make the VIRTUAL SHOWCASE a resounding success up to this point
Remaining programs in LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE:
● Ahead of its national release, Lynn Chen’s moving drama I WILL MAKE YOU MINE will be available to stream through the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE site on Friday, May 22nd from 8AM PST to 8PM PST. The film, which Chen co-stars in alongside Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani, Goh Nakamura, and Tamlyn Tomita, is a beautiful semi-sequel to SURROGATE VALENTINE and DAYLIGHT SAVINGS.
View the film here from May 22nd at 8AM PST until 8PM PST:
● Winner of the Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling at SXSW this year, Alice Gu’s THE DONUT KING follows Ted Ngoy’s rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. The film will be available to stream Saturday May 23rd at 8AM PST to Sunday, May 24th at 8PM PT. On Friday, May 22nd at 6PM PST, the festival along with Cambodia Town Film Festival, will present a special Q&A (RISE & DOUGH) with Alice Gu and the Donut King himself, Ted Ngoy.
View the film here starting Saturday, May 23rd at 8AM PST to Sunday, May 24th at 8PM PST:
Join the talkback “RISE & DOUGH” on Friday, May 22nd at 6PM PST by going here:
● Cinema Sala will present a special Q&A with Patricio Ginelsa and AJ Calomay, hosted by Maria Jamora to celebrate the retrospective screenings of LUMPIA on Saturday, May 23rd at 5PM PST. The film, about a crew of Filipino American thugs whose attempts to bully a pack of Filipino high school students is thwarted by a mysterious avenger who wields “lumpia” as his weapon of choice, is now streaming in the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE.
Watch the special Q&A on Saturday, May 23rd at 5PM PST here:
● The Closing Day program on Friday, May 29th will conclude the month-long fest with the special sneak preview of Part 1 of the film AND SHE COULD BE NEXT streaming from 8AM PT to 8PM PT. At 5PM PST, filmmakers Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia along with editor Juli Vizza will discuss the making of this landmark film in detail with subjects from the film – Bushra Amiwala and Stephanie Cho – hosted by the exciting performance artist Kristina Wong.
Filmed in 2018 and through 2019, the docu-series follows candidates and organizers across the country, as women in the margins vie to preserve democracy and make it stronger. The women featured in the film include: Stacey Abrams (Georgia), Bushra Amiwala (Skokie, IL), Maria Elena Durazo (Los Angeles, CA), Veronica Escobar (El Paso, TX), Lucy McBath (Atlanta, GA), Rashida Tlaib (Detroit, MI) and Nse Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project. The series also features an entirely women of color crew.
Log on for more information and how to access the films/programs here.
ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization turns 50 in 2020. Learn more at vcmedia.org.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL In keeping with directives from the local, state, and federal health agencies, Visual Communications (VC) has rescheduled the 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) to a later date as they continue their commitment to the well being of our volunteers, artists, and audiences.
Presented by Visual Communications, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards. For more information, please visit festival.vcmedia.org.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young.