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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Stop And Smell The Roses

Directed by Tracy Quan-Nichols

USA / 2017 / 5 mins / English / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm


The phrase, “Stop and smell the roses,” is heard by many. But how many of us experience it first hand? It was hard for me to stop working, especially in a job that I had loved. I worked in the fashion industry for 26 years. But the, one day, I had to make the decision to stop working. This film is about how I fought through the darkness in order to begin a new chapter in my life. Come and walk through this new journey with me. You too might decide that it’s time for you to stop and smell the roses. And you might even discover that roses never smelled so good.

Director's Bio

Tracy Quan is ethnically Chinese and born in Vietnam. Growing up in Da Nang, she lived in a tight Chinese community attending Chinese school and learning Chinese, Vietnamese, and some English. Life was great until the Vietnam War. Along with her family, Tracy luckily escaped Vietnam by boat. Nowadays, America is home. For that reason and more, Tracy feels blessed and grateful. This is her first film with Digital Histories.


Producer: Tracy Quan-Nichols
Sound : Carlos Y. Del Rosario
Pottery Studio Owner: Toros Tngrian
Art Studio Owner: Frank Yang
Pottery Student: Barbara Winston

Plays in

  1. Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

    Shorts Programs / 60 mins
    The stories from the past, help inform the future. The Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories and learn the craft of filmmaking. This year the Digital Histories filmmakers not only told their stories through the documentary form but as well as experimental and narrative shorts. - Gary Gabisan

    Preceded by: A Step Forward

    In This Program: Stop And Smell The Roses, A Matter of Truth, In Plain Sight, Returning to Heart Mountain, With a Little Help From My Friend, Wasteful, Inside Nihon Buyo, Tiffany – The Art of Coming Out, My Chinese Southern Roots – Before Lynwood, Our Torrance Farm – Life Before Lynwood

Dates & Times

Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm