The Official DC Asian Pacific American Film Blog

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Two more days to the festival!

The year has flown by and it's festival time again. Although we're most known for the festival in the fall, we hosted several programs earlier in the year in addition to co-sponsoring some events with other APA and film-related groups in town. The most notable was our youth filmmaking workshop held this summer, called POV. Young adults from our own backyard spent the summer learning about filmmaking and shot their own short. (Read more on this blog about their experience.) We're going to premiere their short on Opening Night. They've worked really hard so come and give them your support!

For this year's festival we brought back a fun event from last year-- the trailer contest. We held an open call for submissions and had some of our favorite filmmakers serve as judges. They selected three finalists and the public voted online for their favorite. Voting is over, so come check it out when we announce the winner at Opening Night.

Some NEW things we're excited about this year are festival t-shirts (on sale at every screening-cash only please) and advance online ticketing for all programs.

One thing that hasn't changed-- the quality of the films, the diversity of programs (we've got films made by and starring Asian/Pacific Islanders from all around the globe), and of course, the special events during the festival, including an official karaoke night!

We've got an incredible lineup of films, no matter what your taste. Are you obsessed with Asian American male film stars? Come to Opening Night , The Trouble with Romance, or Undoing. Been meaning to ask that person out on a date? Invite them to the Queer Shorts or The Great Happiness Space. Want to impress your film snob friend? Tell them to see Dark Matter. Interested in women's issues? So are the directors of Never Perfect, And Thereafter II and Tie a Yellow Ribbon. Do you need an excuse to stare at Kelly Hu and Ken Leung for over an hour? See them both in Shanghai Kiss.

Can't decide on what type of film you want to see? The answer is to come to one of our shorts programs, where you can get documentary, drama, comedy, thriller, experimental/indie, animation, and satire all in about 90 minutes. For some of these films you may be the first people ever to see it in a theater. For others, this may be the only time this film will be shown at all in the US.

So share our website with a friend (or ten) and make a date to come to the festival!


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