We hope you've enjoyed all the images we've shared #FromtheVCVault! To cap off the last year, the Visual Communications staff (from left: Francis Cullado, Rachelle Samson, Milton Liu, Susan Soohoo, Dorothy Xiao, Abraham Ferrer, and Chanel Kong) would like to thank you for being with us through the years. Please continue to support us by making a $50 donation before the end of 2016!Read More
VC THROUGH THE YEARS
November 15, 2016
Dear Friends of Visual Communications,
It’s been a week since Election Day, and we still feel and empathize with the raw emotions from its outcome. As an organization that celebrates people of color, women, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ communities, and our allies, we are determined to create safe spaces for expression and dialogue. As we continue our work through the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusivity, we want to call people in (not out), in an effort to tear down walls and build bridges.
Our mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American & Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives.
We believe stories by and about our communities is a medium for dialogue. We believe that artists have political power. That they can define and provoke, but also inspire change.
During the next presidential election cycle, Visual Communications will turn 50. As we count down the final weeks of 2016, we will bring you images and memories From The VC Vault to celebrate our work together for the last 46 years. We want to show you a legacy of artists and cultural workers who have made an impact throughout the years. It is a testament to the resilience of our communities and it is our hope to inspire younger generations to continue to fight for what is right, and for what is our right.
We ask for your continued support of our organization, our staff, and our programs by making an End of the Year Donation to Visual Communications. Meanwhile, check back here daily to follow along with our countdown.
Visual Communications celebrated Bruce Lee's 75th birthday by holding a screening of IN HIS OWN WORDS, a documentary featuring a collection of old interviews with Bruce Lee on his beliefs and martial arts. The film was followed by an intimate conversation with Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee and goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto (pictured) as they reflected on Bruce’s impact in their own lives and his continuing legacy worldwide.Read More
For the 10th anniversary of the romantic comedy/drama SAVING FACE (2004), Visual Communications partnered with Angry Asian Man and Japanese American National Museum to screen the film. The screening was followed by a Q&A moderated by Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) with director Alice Wu, producer Teddy Zee, and cast including Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, and Brian Yang.Read More
LINSANITY, the documentary about the rise of basketball star Jeremy Lin as the first American of Chinese/Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, was screened during Opening Night of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film was directed by Evan Jackson Leong, an Armed with a Camera Fellow from the class of 2003. He won the Remy Martin Emerging Filmmaker Award for the film.Read More
In the summer of 2012, our Visual Communications interns created a kazari (Japanese decoration) for the 4th annual LA Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo. Above are Charmaine, Kim, Jill, Christine, and Kyle with their kazari. The LA Tanabata Festival happens every year during the summer, so stay tuned for the next one!Read More
Fast cars, street races, and heists gone wrong! The 5th film of the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise, Justin Lin's FAST FIVE premiered on Opening Night at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In this photo, FAST FIVE actor Sung Kang poses with students from the Asian Youth Center, KW Lee Center for Leadership, and La Puente High School.Read More
Inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Visual Communications interns Paola Mardo, Liezl-Anne Sarte, and Eliana Yoneda organized the annual summer intern screening “V for Vuvuzela!” The screening featured ten short films from the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and newer works by local LA artists.Read More
At the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2009, spoken-word artist Beau Sia poses with Tze Chun, the director of the Opening Night film CHILDREN OF INVENTION. The film took home the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Feature-Length Narrative.Read More
Visual Communications' Armed with a Camera fellowship was started in 2002, to provide a space for up and coming Asian Pacific American media artists. Featured here are the members from the 2008 Armed With a Camera Fellowship at the 2008 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.Read More
Did you know that part of FINISHING THE GAME, Justin Lin's mockumentary on Bruce Lee, was filmed at Visual Communications? This scene was shot in the downstairs area of the VC office! The film was also the Opening Night feature at the 2007 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.Read More
Far East Movement performed for The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2006, just before they blew up with their song "Round Round," featured in Justin Lin's FAST & FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.Read More
As cinematographer Michael Chin checks the camera exposure, extras Steve and Patty Nagano
await their moment during a pivotal scene in John Esaki’s STAND UP FOR JUSTICE (2004), a dramatized version of the story of Ralph Lazo, a Chicano from Boyle Heights who joined his Japanese American friends during relocation and internment during World War II.
Pictured here, filmmaker Erica Cho and actor Noriyuki "Pat" Morita are onstage at the Aratani Theatre as part of PAST/FORWARD, Visual Communications' tribute to recently-deceased Executive Director Linda Mabalot.Read More
Francis Cullado first joined Visual Communications in 2002 as a Getty intern, working with VC staff member Arjuna Soriano to run the summer arts program for children at Little Tokyo Service Center's Angelina Apartments. 14 years later, he is now the current Executive Director of Visual Communications!Read More
Look who came to support director Anurag Mehta and brother Aalok at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival screening of AMERICAN CHAI in 2001? None other than the members of OC ska-punk band No Doubt (from left: Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Gwen Stefani), who came up the freeway to join the festivities.Read More
Visual Communications entered Y2K by turning 30 and organizing the 15th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Gene Cajayon's THE DEBUT, a coming of age film featuring Dante Basco, premiered at the film festival.Read More
Visual Communications’ most recent photographic exhibition, HEADING EAST, was commissioned for California’s 150th anniversary, to celebrate the impact of Asian Pacific American communities on the Golden State. The exhibition was accompanied by a traveling stage performance produced by East West Players.Read More
In this photo, Visual Communications Executive Director Linda Mabalot assembled Visual Communications' inaugural Film Festival Honorary Committee at Downtown LA’s ultra-exclusive California Club. Included in this portrait are VC board members Douglas Aihara, Yau Gene Chan, Duane Ebata, Akemi Kikumura, Casimiro Tolentino; actors Amy Hill, Beulah Quo, Garrett Wang; filmmakers Wenda Fong, Michael T. Uno; community activists Joel Jacinto, Edwin Qwoh, Edmund Soohoo, Cooke Sunoo; Film Festival co-directors David Magdael, Abraham Ferrer; and philanthropist Lilly V. Lee.Read More
Visual Communications found its current home at the Union Center of the Arts in 1997. Pictured here are Bill Watanabe, former Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center, and the late Linda Mabalot, former Executive Director of Visual Communications, as renovations began for the building.Read More