Rosa Tran, producer of the Oscar-nominated animation #Anomalisa, was at Visual Communications on Sunday to share some insight on her experience in film & TV with our new class of Armed With a Camera fellows. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Rosa!
#FromtheVCVault in 2016 THANK YOU!: 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! #vconline #46yearsVC #supportVC
#FromtheVCVault in 2015 Celebrating Bruce Lee: 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 above) as they reflected on Bruce’s impact in their own lives and his continuing legacy worldwide. #vconline #46yearsVC #supportVC
#FromtheVCVault in 2014 Saving Face: 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.
SYNOPSIS: A Manhattan surgeon faces pressure from her mother to find a nice man and settle down. What the mother doesn’t realize is that her daughter is gay. The film looks at the surgeon’s struggle to find balance between career, romance, and family expectations.
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#FromTheVCVault in 2013 Linsanity: 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. Support our End of the Year Campaign! #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2012 Tanabata Festival: 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! #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2011 Fast Five: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2010 V for Vuvuzela: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault LAAPFF's 25th Anniversary: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2007 Finishing the Game: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2006 Far East Movement: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2005 Future Rock Stars of America: In 2005, Visual Communications' Armed with a Camera fellow Grace Su produced her documentary "Future Rock Stars of America," featuring Far East Movement and Nemo. Check out www.vconline.org/awc to learn about this year's 2017 AWC fellows. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2003 Stand Up For Justice: As cinematographer Michael Chin checks the camera exposure, extras Steven 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.#vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2002 Francis Cullado: 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! #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2001 No Doubt: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 2000 VC's 30th Year: 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. Please visit our website to support VC's End of the Year Campaign. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 1999 Heading East: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 1998 Film Fest Honorary Committee: 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. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 1997 Union Center of the Arts: 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. Support our End of the Year Campaign! #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC
#FromTheVCVault in 1996 VC INTERNS: When Visual Communications summer interns finish a hard day at work, what do they do? Crash a Little Tokyo rock show! Clockwise, from upper left: Raina Lee, Patty Whong, Sudarat Musikawong, and Ruby Gomez. #vconline #46yearsvc #supportVC