It’s that time of year again–tomorrow our friends at Visual Communications kick off the 2016 edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and as usual, the Offenders will be representing in full force. Here’s a sampling of some of the films and events where YOMYOMF will be front and center:
THE TIGER HUNTER (Opening Night selection, April 21, 7PM, Aratani Theatre)
BOOK CLUB’s Danny Pudi (also of COMMUNITY fame) stars in Lena Khan’s debut feature as a young South Asian man who travels to America in 1979 to live up to his father’s legacy as a great tiger hunter and to win the love of his childhood crush. Danny’s BOOK CLUB co-star Parvesh Cheena also stars. And if you haven’t seen BOOK CLUB, you really should. Here’s the first episode:
THE UNBIDDEN (April 22, 8:30PM, Aratani Theatre)
Offender Quentin Lee has directed a horror film starring some of our favorite Asian American actresses. Four friends, one haunted house and a dark secret that binds them all. What could go wrong?
BITCOIN HEIST (April 22, 9PM, Downtown Independent)
Offender Anderson Le produced Ham Tran’s heist comedy/thriller, which was a commercial and critical hit in Vietnam when it was released earlier this year. A crew of misfits including Vietnam’s Queen of Hip Hop, Suboi, try to pull off the titular bitcoin heist in what is essentially Vietnam’s high tech ode to caper flicks like OCEAN’S ELEVEN and NOW YOU SEE ME.
C3: CONFERENCE for CREATIVE CONTENT (April 23-24, Japanese American National Museum)
This will be a weekend-long conference bringing together foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital, and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, celebrate and build a collective vision for our community. Many of our Offenders will be participating including Danny Pudi and Iris Yamashita (Oscar nominated writer, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA). And on Sunday, April 24, at 3:30PM, YOMYOMF will be presenting a panel moderated by Offender Philip Chung:
The New Indie Cinema – Opportunities for Diverse Filmmakers in the Digital World.
Created by Justin Lin and other collaborators to be an online source for content, You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) are bringing together studio executives, distributors, agents, and artists all working in the digital space to discuss the opportunities and landscape for filmmakers in this exponentially growing field.
Joey De La Rosa | Director of Content Development, FULLSCREEN
Karen Horne | SVP, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion, NBC ENTERTAINMENT and UNIVERSAL TELEVISION STUDIOS
Diana Mogollón | Senior Vice President and General Manager of Projext MIX, WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP (DIGITAL)
Viet Nguyen | Director/Writer, iZOMBIE, PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK, CRUSH THE SKULL
Philip Chung (moderator) | Creative Director YOMYOMF
THE LAST TOUR (April 24, 6PM, Downtown Independent/April 26, 4:30PM, CGV Cinemas)
Offender Elizabeth Ho is part of the cast of Ryun Yu’s (DHH in our adaptation of Offender DHH’s YELLOW FACE) seriocomic farce about a burnt-out Gulf War veteran who is “kidnapped” and forced to undertake one last mission: “babysit” a hostage. Of course, things go horribly wrong.
CRUSH THE SKULL (April 26, 9:30PM, CGV Cinemas)
Frequent YOMYOMF collaborators Viet Nguyen and Chris Dinh return with the full-length version of their popular and twisted short. A group of thieves decide they’re going to pull off one last job, but unfortunately, they really, really, really picked the wrong house for that last job. And while it’s not necessary to be familiar with the original CRUSH THE SKULL short before watching the feature, it’s really cool and fucked-up so you should watch it anyway:
PALI ROAD (CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION, April 28, 7PM, DGA)
Offender Sung Kang (aka Han from TOKYO DRIFT) appears alongside Taiwanese star Michelle Chen in Jonathan Lim’s mystery-thriller about a medical student in Hawaii who suffers an accident and suddenly finds herself living a life that’s completely different than what she remembered.
This is just a small sampling of the programs at this year’s fest. To check out the full schedule click here and hope to see some of our L.A. peeps over the next week!