tributes to george lin happening this month

Just about a year ago, the Asian American film community lost a significant friend and supporter with the passing of George Lin. Ten years ago, George Lin founded and served as Executive Director of the D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival, and later served as program director and Associate Festival Director of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. There are several events happening this month in his honor.

In honor of George's life and work, the City of San Diego has declared Tuesday, October 13, 2009, George Lin Day. This declaration will be made by Councilmember Carl DeMaio on 10:00am that day at the San Diego City Council meeting.

On Monday, October 19, there will be a film tribute to George to celebrate his notorious taste for bad films. The tribute will be a collage of short films put together by several filmmakers (including Boom above). The tribute and post-reception, supported by the generosity of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, are both free and open to the public.

After the tribute, Josh Tucker's feature film Before We Close, which George produced, will screen at 7:00pm. All proceeds from ticket sales will be generously donated to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund.

Finally, the first ever George Lin Emerging Artist/Filmmaker Award will be presented at the DC APA Film Festival this year to Tze Chun for his debut feature film Children of Invention. Tze will be officially recognized as recipient of this award on October 10, at the D.C. debut of Children of Invention, and will be awarded a cash prize and an original bronze sculpture from the artist Chin Wen Chuang.

The George C. Lin Memorial Fund provides grants to students, educators and professionals in the non-profit media and arts industries. Additionally, the fund provides grants and other forms of support promoting Pheochromocytoma cancer research, education and awareness. For more information about George, the tribute events happening this month, and the Fund, go here.

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