The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival recently announced a series of program updates, effective April 8; tickets for these added attractions — an encore presentation of an important new international feature, and two compelling short subjects to precede competition documentaries — are now online for purchase:
We are glad to include LAPS, the latest short film by Roldan Lozada (DISTANCE BETWEEN, Festival 2016). Roldan (or R.J. as he’s know by many of us here) is an alumnus of Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera Fellowship, through which he produced his mesmerizing “Beat” poetry workout DOWN SO BAD, LOOKING UP in 2004. Since then, he has further honed his craft as a director and cinematographer, completing his MFA in Documentary Film at Stanford University, where he completed LAPS as part of his degree requirements. This monochrome study of inmates at San Quentin State Prison and the diversions they pursue to negotiate the tedium of prolonged incarceration precedes the Los Angeles Premiere screening of Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY, which was lensed by Lozada.
Also a late addition to the Festival Week program is Benjamin To’s NBC LIFE STORIES: RINI SAMPATH, a portrait of USC’s current undergraduate student body president. To, a graduate of English Literature at California State University, Fullerton, had had numerous articles and short films revolving around race relations, diversity in the entertainment field, and gender equality featured in outlets ranging from The Huffington Post, NBC News, and the Los Angeles Times. RINI SAMPATH was produced through NBC News Asian America, and spotlights Sampath’s journey as a daughter of immigrants arrived to America to seek better opportunities for their children to her achievement as USC’s first woman president (and first woman of color) in over a decade. NBC LIFE STORIES: RINI SAMPATH will be positioned with S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons’ OUT RUN, an equally politically-charged feature documentary on a revolutionary Philippine political party composed of LGBT aspirants for national office.
And finally, by popular demand, the Film Festival is pleased to announce an encore screening of the Hong Kong independent drama TEN YEARS, which is presented as a “sneak-preview” ahead of its formal U.S. Premiere in June.
Described as a “speculative” omnibus drama, TEN YEARS posits five visions of Hong Kong society ten years from now – an era in which people contend with an atmosphere of increasing political, cultural, and social change. Directed by five up-and-coming directors, this independently-produced film has garnered critical and media attention in recent months, especially with its recent win for Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
The encore screening of TEN YEARS is slated for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 7 PM at CGV Cinemas in the heart of Los Angeles Koreatown.
This is your last chance to catch this groundbreaking and controversial film here at LAAPFF. The screening is expected to sell out, so get your tickets soon!
Be sure to visit the Film Festival website at: www.vconline.org/festival for late-breaking programming updates and changes in the schedule.