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1.15.2008

apa film experience at sundance/slamdance


This week, all eyes of the indie film world turn towards Park City, Utah, as hordes of filmmakers, cinephiles and industry types descend upon the otherwise sleepy ski town for the Sundance Film Festival, running January 17-27, and the not-so-slick, lesser-touted rival festival, Slamdance.

For your information, here's a long list of Asian and Asian Pacific American-related films, from shorts to features, screening at Park City this year:
SUNDANCE
The Living End - Gregg Araki
The Drummer - Kenneth Bi
Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507 - Nao Bustamante
Up the Yangtze - Yung Chang
Be Like Others - Tanaz Eshaghian
Gas Zappers
Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People - Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
August 15 - Xuan Jiang
Smile - Julia Kwan
Assassination of a High School President - Roy Lee (Producer)
Juvenile - China Moo-Young
The Deal - Keri Nakamoto (Producer)
Smart People - Noam Murro
Pilgrimage - Tadashi Nakamura
Oiran Lyrics - Ryosuke Ogawa
Megane - Naoko Ogigami
Half-Life - Jennifer Phang
Nerakhoon - Thavisouk Phrasavath (Co-Director)
The Yellow Handkerchief - Udayan Prasad
Dinner with the President - Sachitanandam Sathananthan, Sabiha Sumar
Wind, Ten Years Old - Marzieh Vafamehr
Puujee - Kazuya Yamada
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Parts 4 and 5 - Fudong Yang
Yasukuni - Li Ying
Paradise - Yi Zhou

SUNDANCE/NHK
Three Cold Days and Four Warm Days - Yukihiko Goto
Lamlight and Shadows - Akira Ichinose
Apoptosis - Aiko Nagatsu

SLAMDANCE
Neo Lounge - Joanna Vasquez Aron
Beijing Haze - J.P. Chan
Glory Boy Days - Paul Encinas
24 Frames Per Day - Sonali Gulati
Rock Garden - Gloria Kim
Panels for the Walls of Hell - Takuro Masuda (Co-Director)
4960 - Wing-Yee Wu
It's the Asian Pacific Film Experience, baby. If you're headed out to Park City this week, you are invited to a special annual gathering in honor of APA and Asian filmmakers at the festival, put together by Asian CineVision, Visual Communications, Center for Asian American Media, San Diego Asian Film Foundation, Process Space, DC Asian Pacific American Film, APA First Weekend Club, and David Magdael & Associates. It's a celebration and show of solidarity, with plenty of food and drink, and a chance to meet and greet fellow filmmakers in the community:

MEET THE FILMMAKERS RECEPTION
Sunday, January 20, 2008
4pm - 6pm
China Panda Restaurant
1776 Park Avenue, Park City
(Behind the Yarrow Hotel and Albertson's, next door to Gard Sports)
T: 435 649 5593
Please RSVP by Jan 17, Thursday to AsianPacificFilm [at] gmail.com. Please indicate "Park City RSVP" in subject line.

MEET US AT THE LODGE
Saturday, January 19, 2008
2:30 PM - 6 PM
The Filmmaker Lodge Elks Building
550 Main St., 2nd Floor. Park City, Utah
Learn more about funding, distribution and exhibition for Asian and Asian Pacific American films at our annual outreach and networking session.

It's gonna be fun. I took part in the festivities last year, and had a really great time. Amidst all the madness of Sundance, it's great to see the APA film community coming together to support its own at the festival. To learn more about Asian Pacific Film Experience in Park City, go here. Check out the super-sexy colorful flyer here. Ooh, and bonus link, here's a story of Tad Nakamura's little documentary that could, Pilgrimage: Graduate student's film featured at Sundance Film Festival. Great film.