“Uprooted From the Scenes” Film Screening Highlights Budding AAPI Filmmakers

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Visual Communications, a community non-profit which has focused on supporting AAPI filmmakers since its founding in 1970, will be holding its annual interns’ summer film screening this year on July 28th at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California.

This year’s program will include ten short films curated from Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship program, as well as entries from the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The screening’s films will focus on filmmakers’ broad and diverse vision of AAPI and diasporic API identity.

“It’s always exciting to have different, non-Film Festival audiences experience the latest cinematic works that our communities’ artists are creating,” said Abraham Ferrer , Visual Communications’ Exhibitions Director . “I think that the reactions by the crowd we expect for ‘Uprooted From the Scenes’ will offer a true test of whether a work of cinema resonates with its audiences.”

Tickets for the festival are $12 for general admission ($10 for senior citizens, students and VC members with ID) available through this website. At the door ticket price is $15 for general admission ($13 for senior citizens, students and VC members with ID). More information for the screening can be found at its event page.

A preview of the short films that will be included in the screening this year is after the jump.

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6 Questions for “April’s Way”, A New Short Film on Korean American Shopkeepers During The LA Riots

Screen capture from "April's Way". (Photo Credit: April's Way)
Tom T. Choi in a scene from “April’s Way”. (Photo Credit: April’s Way)

In 1992, the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who savagely beat motorist Rodney King sparked one of the largest race riots in modern American history. For six days, protesters took to the streets in mass demonstrations over racial injustice, but the situation quickly devolved into looting and rioting resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage and the deaths of 53 people. Law enforcement responses were heavily criticized during and after the riots for focusing their attention on protecting affluent predominantly White suburbs while leaving areas inhabited predominantly by minorities to fend for themselves.

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