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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. Flip The Record

    Marie Jamora / Philippines, USA / 2016 / 15 mins
    In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism.
    Plays In:
    I Got You, Fam

    Downtown Independent
    April 28, 2017 6:00 pm

  2. Float

    Tristan Seniuk, Voleak Sip / USA / 2016 / 24 mins
    FLOAT is a short film set in Seattle in the mid-1990s, following the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Cambodian-American hustler, Rocky Mang.
    Plays In:
    I Got You, Fam

    Downtown Independent
    April 28, 2017 6:00 pm

  3. Forever, Chinatown

    James Q. Chan / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 32 mins
    FOREVER, CHINATOWN is the story of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth.
    Plays In:

    Downtown Independent
    April 30, 2017 11:30 am

  4. Fragile (a portrait of Gil Batle)

    Nilo Batle / USA / 2016 / 9 mins
    Artist Gil Batle was raised in San Francisco and spent 20 years of his life in five different California prisons where his artistic abilities protected him from violence. He now finds sanctuary and solace on an island in the Philippines, where he uses his talents to carve haunting images onto ostrich eggs.
    Plays In:
    I Got You, Fam

    Downtown Independent
    April 28, 2017 6:00 pm

  5. Funky Pawa

    Kartik Shah, Shivangi Ranawat, Janmeet Singh, Pranay Patwardhan / India / 2014 / 3 mins
    Following the lively sound of a flute set to a funky beat, villagers young and old dance, laugh and play in this joyful invocation of the Divine Mother by the band Maati-Baani.
    Plays In:
    Itsy Bitsy Shorts

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 10:00 am Rush Line Only

  6. Geeta’s Guide To Moving On

    Phil White, Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke / USA / 2016 / 20 mins
    Geeta Gidwani is an all-American girl, who’s hopelessly in love with her Indian-American Prince Charming...until one day he dumps her. She’s totally heartbroken, moves in with her Indian family, and wackiness ensues. Geeta’s forced to learn to move on, and find self-acceptance with the help of her family and her best friend.
    Plays In:
    The Big Picture, In Bite-Sized Chunks: APAs And Webisodic Series

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 30, 2017 12:00 pm

  7. Ghost Magnet Roach Motel

    Shinpei Takeda / Documentary Competition, Programmers' Picks / Germany, Japan, Mexico / 2016 / 70 mins
    The Punk Musical by artist Shinpei Takeda follows the off-stage life of 5 artists (2 American musicians, 2 Mexican artists and 1 Japanese filmmaker) of GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL, a noise punkformance unit born in Tijuana, Mexico in their process of overcoming their psychological border. With a literally crashing border between Mexico and USA as the background, the protagonists confront each individual’s addictions while searching for an answer to their existential crises.

    Preceded by: A Doll’s Hug


    CGV Cinemas 2
    May 3, 2017 9:30 pm

  8. Hello From the Other Side

    Sarai McKenzie, Maria Gonzalez / USA / 2016 / 6 mins
    Hello From the Other Side is an introduction to understanding homelessness. Through Adele's "Hello" and people's real-life experiences common misconceptions about homelessness are debunked, voices that have long been silenced are heard, and for most folks, despite their trauma and shame, have began their journey of healing.
    Plays In:
    From Vision To Reel

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 11:30 am

  9. Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw)

    Renee Zhan / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 11 mins
    HOLD ME (CA CAW CA CAW) is an 11 minute animated film about the troubled relationship between a large bird and a small boy. The film features hand-drawn 2D animation, as well as ink and watercolor painted backgrounds.
    Plays In:
    Wildest Imagination

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 7:00 pm

  10. Hold On

    Christine Turner / USA / 2017 / 9 mins
    Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning.

    Precedes: Gook


    Aratani Theatre
    April 29, 2017 8:00 pm RUSH ONLY

  11. Hum

    Crystal Jow / USA / 2017 / 2 mins
    An experimental sand animation of a man struggling to find inner peace before entering the afterlife. The transition states prepping for death refer to the three “bardos” from the Tibetan Book of the Dead: ego lost, hallucination, and re-entry.
    Plays In:
    Armed, Locked, and Loaded

    CGV Cinemas 1
    May 3, 2017 7:00 pm


    Matthew Victor Pastor / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / Australia, Philippines / 2016 / 14 mins
    Silence in the red light district of Manila.
    Plays In:
    Feminist AF

    CGV Cinemas 3
    May 1, 2017 9:00 pm

  13. I Can, I Will, I Did

    Nadine Truong / Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 113 mins
    Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied, and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow until he meets Adrienne, a fellow wheelchair bound patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life when she introduces him to her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life.

    Aratani Theatre
    April 28, 2017 8:00 pm

  14. I Don’t Love You

    Mara De La Rosa / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    Benji and Malou are newlyweds with a baby on the way. Malou is Benji’s world, and she has what should be a picture perfect life: a doting husband, a nice house, and a life in America. But, Malou is hiding a secret, shocking enough to tear their worlds apart. Secrets and lies brew as a dark truth will soon be served over dinner.
    Plays In:
    FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

    Art Share L.A.
    May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Rush Line Only

  15. I Won’t Miss You

    Bernard Badion / Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 20 mins
    17-year-old Janey’s best friend, Tim, begins to appear in her bedroom at night after dying in a car crash; and their awkward undeclared feelings begin to surface.
    Plays In:
    Rebel Hearts

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 30, 2017 7:30 pm