As Visual Communications gears up for the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) opening next week, the team is proud to announce three (3) new titles to our program slate as well as an updated Festival Panel. Expanding the range of genres and topics covered by this year's Festival, three new works from South Korea, Vietnam, and USA/Hong Kong will be filling previously-TBA slots at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown on April 27 and 28; and a panel discussion on the gender gap in filmmaking – "Women in the Director's Chair" – will take place at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) on April 25.
Today, upon the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, LAAPFF is honored to announce that it will host the United States premiere of THE TRUTH SHALL NOT SINK WITH SEWOL, a documentary made just months after a tragedy that claimed hundreds of young lives and still leaves a nation reeling in grief and outrage. Following dual accounts of journalist Lee Sang-ho and diving bell advocate Lee Jong-in, as each seek to uncover truths behind what is arguably one of South Korea's worst marine disasters since 1970, THE TRUTH SHALL NOT SINK WITH SEWOL is an important testament to the state of contemporary filmmaking – in its biting, personal view of still-developing current events, as well as the power of documentary to capture the complexities of speaking truth to power.
As the latest film by LAAPFF veteran Ham Tran, HOLLOW is a seriously creepy tale about the return of a deceased daughter possessed by a blood-related living soul. Inspired by an idea conceived over 10 years ago while shooting JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (LAAPFF 2006), Tran's chilling take on folk horror, contemporary social issues and a village's dark secrets was a box office success when it was released in Vietnam last summer.
Fresh from its smashing international premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Dax Phelan's directorial debut JASMINE is a tautly-paced psychological thriller about a man whose grief over his recently murdered wife leads him in frantic pursuit of a suspicious stranger, and to even darker places of the mind. Featuring a truly shocking twist at the end, JASMINE is Phelan's passion project years in the making, and LAAPFF is happy to celebrate its "hometown" screening with much of its LA-based team.
Finally, the Festival's afternoon Panel on April 25 now focuses on issues of representation by women directors. Replacing the previously-announced seminar "One on One with Modern VideoFilm", the new "Women in the Director's Chair" Panel will feature three (3) female directors from this year's line-up – Li Lu, Leena Pendharkar, and Jennifer Phang – who will discuss their personal creative journeys in the film industry. The Panel is organized by the L.A. branch of Film Fatales, a collective dedicated to collaborating with and supporting female directors on their projects.
The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) runs April 23-30, 2015. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 145 films from over 20 countries.