Filmies looking for a break from the ordinary should come check out the 24th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this week, May 1~May 8, 2008. It's "Southern California's largest and most prestigious film festival" for Asian American Cinema. "From comedy and drama to documentaries and shorts, the 24th edition of this week-long festival shares the stories of Asian Pacifics in America and abroad." I went to the opening night and caught Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa--a huge crowd pleaser that can only be described as 'Napoleon Dynamite meets community ping pong' & is sure to be a cross-over hit. Other strong word-of-mouth is circling Amyn Kaderali's Kissing Cousins and Diana Lee Inosanto's The Sensei, both screening Sunday May 4th at the DGA. And be sure to check out Always Be Boyz Wednesday May 7th @ 7pm at The Imaginasian Center downtown. John Kwon's writing & directorial debut about real Korean B-Boys just won the Special Jury Prize at the SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival, and the buzz around his movie just keeps building. Plus, I have a supporting role in the film, so come support your fellow Hot In Hollywood "Hottie"! Most screenings have Q & A's and mixers following. The full schedule is available on the festival website. All tickets are $10.
much love from your friendly LA Cultural Commissioner,
*Keep inspired by the city you live in!*
Ping Pong Playa