For over 45 years, Visual Communications has provided innovative, effective, and socially responsible programs to meet the changing needs of our Asian Pacific American communities. As a full-service media arts center, VC provides support to all levels of filmmakers and assists artists in the creation, development, and completion of relevant media work. These unique programs provide educational training and mentorship opportunities to those looking to further develop the craft of visual storytelling through workshops, networking, and financial support.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & SERVICES
ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP
The Armed with Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists recruits, trains, and supports independent AAPI artists in their efforts to create artistically and culturally significant short films. Through a five-month program, the AWC Fellowship offers training, mentorship, and funding to up-and-coming artists to create new work that premieres at the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Established in 2002, the AWC Fellowship is open to promising AAPI media artists who demonstrate artistic innovation as well as a firm commitment to a career in the media arts. VC provides the resources for Fellows to create a five-minute short film, including a cash stipend, training workshops, mentoring from industry professionals, opportunities to collaborate with other Fellows, and access to equipment rentals and editing facilities. The Fellowship has produced new media works by emerging artists and provided artists with invaluable resources and exhibition opportunities.
The Digital Histories video production and digital storytelling program for senior citizens is designed for older generations to create and preserve visual stories to be passed down to younger generations, while contributing to the artistic expression and healthy lifestyles of seniors in our community. Their works consist of personal and place-based documentaries and other compelling narratives of people and communities and premiere at the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other festivals across the nation
VC acts as fiscal sponsor for numerous independent film projects and continues to be a resource for Asian American filmmakers in Los Angeles.
VC MEDIA DEVELOPMENT FUND
At the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Visual Communications announced the selectees of the VC Film Development Fund, a program which provides Asian Pacific American filmmakers with up to $100,000 towards the development of an innovative and compelling micro-budget narrative feature-length film. In doing so, the VC Media Development Fund will be a tangible inspiration and comprehensive initiative to support viable and innovative projects made by filmmakers traditionally underrepresented by visual media. The two filmmakers selected for this prestigious fund are the following:
Wong Fu Productions
During the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, filmmakers of Asian descent showcased ten narrative feature projects to Financiers, Producers, Production Companies, Agents, Managers and Industry Executives. Over the course of two days, these filmmakers had a combined 140 meetings, enabling them with the contacts, information and confidence they need to make their film. Industry participants had the ability to discover new talent and voices, and an esteemed jury comprised of Daniel Dae Kim, Iris Yamashita and Teddy Zee awarded the Jury Prize to Liselle Mei and Derek Nguyen for their film SEEING RED in which they also received $5,000. Honorable Mention was awarded to Musa Syeed and Nicholas Bruckman for their film THE DOCTOR.
THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
The annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) showcases important new work by established filmmakers, and supports local, emerging Los Angeles talent. The Festival takes place annually during the month of April as part a kickoff to Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has an annual audience of over 19,000 individuals in attendance at its screenings, educational seminars and artist talks, and other special events. For more information, visit our Festival site.
CONFERENCE FOR CREATIVE CONTENT (C3)
The Conference for Creative Content (C3) is a two-day media arts conference focused to provide our creative community a space for meaningful discourse on media and entertainment. With panel and seminar topics covering new media technologies, media platforms, distribution, C3 celebrates creativity and diversity through a forum with established pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds. Within this intimate space, it our goal to connect our aspiring and emerging content creators with creative individuals leading the charge.
VISIONS IN MOTION: 50 YEARS OF APA CINEMA
The Armed with Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists recruits, trains, and supports independent AAPI artists in their efforts to create artistically and culturally significant short films. Through a five-month program, the AWC Fellowship offers training, mentorship, and funding to up-and-coming artists to create new work that
Visual Communications is also home to one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in the United States. The VC Archives serves as an integral part of our documentary-based production activities as we have documented various Asian American social movements and communities in California. Additionally, preserved films and videos were used for education and organizing work around setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource of the Asian Pacific American movements for students, researchers, and filmmakers. To date, VC materials have been used in numerous films, videos, educational materials, publications, and major photographic exhibits across the United States.