The Official DC Asian Pacific American Film Blog

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

P.O.V. (Point of View) Youth Filmmaker Workshop

Now that school's out and summer's finally here, APA Film has decided there's no better time to reach out to area youth and launch a new pilot workshop that will put a camera in their hands, and a story in their minds.

The P.O.V. workshop--short for Point of View--is designed to empower and give voice to local Asian Pacific American youth by exposing them to the art of filmmaking, taught by some of the most creative and stellar leaders in the industry that are based in the DC area.

The workshops, to be held over a series of 6 weeks, will be led by Nguyen Nguyen, a film teacher at Georgetown Day School, Chris Tsou, a producer at Ventana Productions, and Mike Song, Manager of Digital Media at the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

Our organization's goal is to reach beyond the film festival and encourage and promote the artistic development of young APA artists. We also seek to provide arts education opportunities to APA youth. We hope this pilot program will help foster the emerging artistic voices in our community, especially those who hope for a career--or at least a lifetime hobby--in film.

For more details on P.O.V. read our press release here.
Or, if you know somebody who might be interested, download a flyer or an application.
-Vincent Huang
Education and Outreach Chair

Thursday, June 14, 2007

APA Film Co-Sponsors Screenings in June

APA Film is co-sponsoring a couple of interesting films next week. Come out to support!

Missed Closing Night last year? Join us in welcoming back Julia Kwan and EVE AND THE FIRE HORSE, which premiered in DC last fall at the 2006 festival. This event is co-sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the World Bank.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8-10 PM
Admission: $10

Reservations required. Call 202-783-7370 or email

Eve & the Fire Horse website


"From Vincent Chin to Virginia Tech" -- A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of Vincent Chin

"Who Killed Vincent Chin?" will be screened next weekend with a moderated discussion. This was an Academy Award nominated documentary that was shown at the first APA Film Festival.

This event is set to be held at the MLK Library (901 G Street) in Chinatown at 10:30AM on Saturday, June 23, 2007--the actual anniversary date.

As part of the National Townhall on Hate Crimes, sponsored by APAs for Progress, which will be holding events in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and in Michigan, we will be holding a film screening of an award-winning film documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin," followed by a facilitated discussion to that about how the Vincent Chin tragedy, despite how far we have come in the civil rights movement, is still salient in the APA community today in light of 9/11 and the V-Tech tragedy.

This event is currently sponsored by (list in progress): APAs for Progress, South Asian American Leaders for Tomorrow, Japanese American Citizens League (National and DC Chapter), and the DC APA Film Festival.

Friday, June 08, 2007

72 Hour Shootout

Think you're a filmmaker? A writer? Actor?


Announcing the 4th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout! Now in it's 4th year, The Shootout is a nationwide competition where filmmaking teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce short digital films up to five minutes on a common theme. The intention of this competition is to create opportunities for Asian Americans to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and to impact the visibility of Asian American stories and characters in film and television. At least one key production member and a lead actor from each team must be of Asian descent. Not Asian? Fret not. Anyone can participate in this competition. In fact, we prefer diversity. Just visit the website for details.

2007 Judging Panel: Eric Byler, Karin Chien, Tanuj Chopra, Grady Hendrix, Michael Kang, Sung Kang, Ellen Kuras, Grace Lee, Marci Phillips (ABC Casting) and Russell Wong

Friday, June 01, 2007

Submission Deadline for 8th Annual DC APA Film Festival

The submission deadline has been extended to June 15th and we are still currently accepting films to be in consideration for the 8th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Log onto Withoutabox and register to submit your film to our festival!

If you do not want to use WithoutABox, download the submission form here! Please circulate this announcement to film students, filmmakers, producers, and others!