VC ANNOUNCES SUMMER '16 SCREENING LINE-UP

Summer 2016 heats up as Visual Communications announces a busy slate of summertime screening events in and around our home here in Los Angeles Little Tokyo. There's something for everyone, from a highly-anticipated Sundance Film Festival award-winner in co-presentationship with one of our long-running community partners, to the Los Angeles Premiere screening of a brand-new work by a longtime member of the extended VC family. And did we mention that our annual Summer Interns Screening Event and Party is on tap as well? Let us stop talking about it, let's show you what's in store:

SPA NIGHT  |  Directed by Andrew Ahn
July 11 (Monday)  |  Directors Guild of America, Theater One  |  Showtime 7 PM  |  7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

To kick off a busy screening series, Visual Communications partners with Outfest to present the Los Angeles Premiere screening of the award-winning SPA NIGHT, by Andrew Ahn, which is being presented as Outfest’s Centerpiece Presentation. In director Ahn's feature debut, a young man “on the verge” (award winner Joe Seo) is simultaneously weighted down by the responsibilities of fulfilling his parents’ dreams of achieving admission to a prestigious college in the face of a downturn in the family fortunes and his own sexual awakening when he clandestinely accepts a job in a Koreatown spa. The screening is currently at "Rush Line" status (no online tickets left, but same-day tickets available), so get in line early on the day of the screening to ensure a seat.

For an exclusive interview with director Andrew Ahn, please click herePresented in collaboration with Outfest

UPROOTED FROM THE SCENES
July 28 (Thursday)  |  Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ JANM  |  Showtime 7PM  |  100 No. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

It is ON! The tenth edition of Visual Communications’ popular summertime community extravaganza, organized and hosted by VC’s stable of summer interns, promises something for everyone. Among the works selected for the program include highlights from the 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, works from VC’s Armed With a Camera Fellowship and Digital Histories senior media workshop. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, affording an opportunity to engage them in discussion around their work at both a post-screening Q&A and reception. This annual event typically sells out, so get your tickets in advance! Click here for ticket and program info.
Venue Partner: Japanese American National Museum

THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE  |  Directed by Li Lu
July 31 (Sunday)  |  Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ JANM | Showtime 2:30 PM  |  100 No. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

As part of its ongoing series of local community screenings, Visual Communications teams with the Japanese American National Museum to present a return engagement screening of Li Lu’s THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE, a Special Jury Award winner at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. A down-on-her luck aspiring artist returns home to Austin to join the wedding party of a close childhood friend, only to meet a handsome, mysterious free-spirit for a spontaneous road trip through America’s South. This screening celebrates the film's upcoming release on V.o.D. platforms, so be sure to join us! Click here for program and ticket info.
Venue Partner: Japanese American National Museum

MELE MURALS | Directed by Tadashi Nakamura
August 5 (Friday)  |  Aratani Theatre @ JACCC  |  Showtime 8 PM  |  244 So. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

To close out our busy summer of screening events, Visual Communications partners with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to present the Los Angeles Premiere screening of MELE MURALS, the latest documentary feature by Tadashi Nakamura (JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS). Director Nakamura’s latest foray into Hawaiiana foregrounds the works of renowned graffiti artists Estria Miyashiro (Estria) and John Hina (Prime) as they join with native Hawaiian youths from Waimea to create a mural that addresses the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on native culture. This screening event will also feature a special performance by artist Paula Fuga, as well as special guest appearances.  For VC Members ONLY, a link to score discounted tickets through July 3 is available by e-mailing [email protected] for your VC Members' discount code, which will also be found in your upcoming Members' e-letter. For non-VC Members, go to here and click on "Calendar/Buy Tickets".
Presented with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center