Community Visionaries

A SPECIAL SCREENING AND RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE FOUNDERS OF VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Presented by Visual Communications, Los Angeles Filmforum, and the Downtown Independent

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2011 2:00 PM  |  Downtown Independent, 251 Main St., L.A., CA 90012

ADMISSION: $10; $6 Students/Seniors; Free for Filmforum, Visual Communications, and Japanese American National Museum members | Order Screening Tickets

MEET THE FILMMAKERS BRUNCH: Program & Ticket Info, or call (213) 680-4462 x58


Join us for a special brunch reception honoring Visual Communications' founding members Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong, who will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo, at the Chop Suey Café in Historic Los Angeles Little Tokyo on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 starting at 11:00 AM. Then, join us and our guests as we screen a selection of newly-restored Visual Communications classics as part of our special program Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema, at the Downtown Independent starting at 2:00 PM.


Community Visionaries will feature a selection of groundbreaking Visual Communications “classics,” all restored through the Academy Archives and presented here in brand-new 16mm film prints. Additionally, Visual Communications founders Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo to share with the audience their experiences producing community-based media for a “back-yard” project that evolved into a revered community and national institution.


The foursome envisioned Visual Communications as a filmmakers' collective that sought to re-represent the history and culture of Asian Pacific Americans, use media for social change, and train future generations of Asian Pacific American filmmakers. The first such organization in the United States, VC continues to engage in community-based filmmaking through training, education and filmmaker support initiatives, public screening and exhibitions programs including the annual Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film Festival, and film/video preservation activities anchored by one of the largest repositories of photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America.


VIEW THE COMPLETE SCREENING PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY VISIONARIES HERE


Meet the Filmmakers Brunch

CELEBRATING THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2011 11:00 AM - 1:30PM  |  Chop Suey Café, 347 E. 1st Street, L.A., CA 90012

ADMISSION: $40, inc. brunch and screening | PURCHASE TICKETS HERE, or call (213) 680-4462 x58


Prior to the screening of Community Visionaries at the Downtown Independent, join us for a special brunch reception for Visual Communications’ founding members Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong, who will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo, at the Chop Suey Café in Historic Los Angeles Little Tokyo.


VCers young and old will know the Chop Suey Café — as the legendary Far East Café, arguably the epicenter of the Los Angeles Little Tokyo community along with the late, great Atomic Café, Lucy’s Coffee Shop, the old Mitsuru Grill, and other down-home eateries. With its distinct green awning, iconic neon sign, and uniquely down-home menu, Far East has seen many VC gatherings over the years, and has even been featured in the movies on many occasions.


The “Meet the Filmmakers” Reception will also afford an opportunity to learn more about what VC’s founding members are doing these days, and give a glimpse into the upcoming activities VC has in store as it looks forward to its 50th Anniversary as the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts organization.



Community Visionaries is co-presented with the Japanese American National Museum

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