10th annual dc apa film festival, oct. 1-10

Heads up. The 10th Annual DC APA Film Festival opens this Thursday, October 1, with the Opening Night presentation of Eric Byler and Annabel Park's 9500 Liberty, an on-the-ground documentary examining the hotly debated issue of immigration and the battle that played out between citizens and elected officials in Prince William County, Virginia.

The festival continues with an incredible array of features, shorts and events, including DC's Centerpiece Presentation, Atsushi Sanada's Honokaa Boy, the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of Leo, a Japanese college student, who, while on vacation with his girlfriend, falls in love with the sleepy Hawaii town of Honokaa. It screens on Thursday, October 8.

The fun continues through October 10, when the festival closes things out with Tze Chun's Children of Invention, an indie family drama about economic hardship and the pursuit of the American dream -- a timely, extremely well-produced film I've already raved quite a bit about.

Congratulations, D.C. Ten years. Ten thousand APA points of view. Ten days of films, with a little bit of something for everyone. Make your plans to be there! To peruse the full schedule of films, and to purchase advance tickets (I'd highly recommend it), visit the DC APA Film Festival website here.