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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

At Rush and Near Rush Shows


If a show you want to see is sold out, have hope! Limited rush tickets are available for sold-out programs. A rush line will form outside the venue one hour before show time. Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to those waiting in line by our Box Office Staff. Check out the list below of the films that are At Rush or Near Rush. Learn more about ticketing here.

April 28, 2017

HBO APA Visionaries

In a unique filmmaker support initiative between Visual Communications and HBO, we present the winning entries from the APA Visionaries Short Film Competition, in which Asian Pacific American artists bring to light their worlds, their visions, and their voices. — Abraham Ferrer
6:30 pm
Rush Line Only

April 29, 2017

Itsy Bitsy Shorts

FREE PROGRAM. After a brief hiatus, the “Itsy Bitsy Shorts” program is back! This morning program will showcase films for the littlest film lovers. Kids will also explore movie magic through interactive activities, including an appearance by the Echo Park Film Center’s Filmmobile, a school bus transformed into a mobile media classroom. [Interactive activities include the Echo Park Film Center’s Filmmobile, a film petting zoo, activity stations, and an animation workshop] — Helen Kim
10:00 am
Rush Line Only

Wildest Imagination

From a humble combination of line, movement, and sound, we find some of the most spectacular films. These animated works soar into the heavens; discovering new ways to tell universal stories. — Eseel Borlasa


CENTERPIECE FILM | Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
8:00 pm

April 30, 2017


Young Canadian poet, Rosie Ming, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran—but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, Rosie finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself.
11:30 am
Rush Line Only

The Big Picture, In Bite-Sized Chunks: APAs And Webisodic Series

We stopped, looked, blinked, and couldn’t believe what we saw: a whole new generation of aspiring APA feature filmmakers who have found a creative outlet through episodic storytelling. Is this a short-cut for feature filmmaking? Or have our artists found a new, unexploited means of telling complete stories? This showcase will include a post-screening conversation with many of the creators behind these inventive new works. — Abraham Ferrer


ACTRESS KELLY HU IN PERSON | A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.


MELE MURALS is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.


In 1984, one of the west coast's largest dealers of the drug, Ecstasy, was a 19 year old co-ed.

May 1, 2017


SAVING SALLY is a tiny little film about love and monsters. The film was built by a core group of five underfunded animators who worked on it for nearly 12 years. A quirky mix of cartoons, painted backgrounds, and actors, SAVING SALLY is a very simple love story that aims to make your heart flutter and glow.
6:30 pm

Feminist AF

An intersectional glance at the many facets of women’s experiences. This collection features incredibly badass females from different cultural backgrounds. We hope you leave empowered and feeling like you can conquer the world. — Ariel Du
9:00 pm

May 2, 2017

In And Out Of The Slipstream

From rigorously meditative to annoyingly talky, the quality of talk — or in some cases the absence of it — distinguishes this set of uniquely visionary short works. At turns deeply personal to pointedly political, how the characters in these works “talk it out” invites one and all to follow along. — Abraham Ferrer
9:00 pm

May 3, 2017

FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

In an effort to inspire, motivate and mobilize the Filipino-American and Filipino filmmaking community, we challenged them to create short films to premiere at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017. As a result, filmmakers of various levels of experience stepped up to share their artistic voice and storytelling. We are proud to present their efforts to all of you! - Craig Obligacion-Wilson
6:00 pm
Rush Line Only