Be a part of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Red Carpet Premiere of SEOUL SEARCHING!

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SEOUL SEARCHING is having it’s LA RED CARPET GALA PREMIERE on Wednesday, June 17 at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival!

Based on filmmaker Benson Lee’s own experience, SEOUL SEARCHING is an homage to the John Hughes teen dramedies of the ‘80s. The story centers on a group of Korean high school teens from around the world during the summer of 1986. Students from the U.S., Mexico, Germany, and UK are forced by their parents to attend a government sponsored “propaganda” camp in Seoul to learn what it means to be Korean, but end up experiencing a wild journey that turns into the most important summer of their lives.

The Daily Buzz at C3: An Interview with SEOUL SEARCHING director Benson Lee

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The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presented by Visual Communications concluded last week and it was a blast to celebrate Asian American media and artists. This year was a banner year with highly anticipated feature films, documentaries and short films. Check out the Festival recap.

In addition to the Festival, VC also presents the Conference for Creative Content (C3), presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment. C3 is the premier entertainment media conference bringing together top industry and creative professionals, especially from Asian American content creators breaking new ground. Over two days, these esteemed panelists connect with the audience that include academics, filmmakers, new media creatives, industry executives and community organizations by not only speaking about their craft, but to reflect on the new directions in which creative visions are finding expression.

The Daily Buzz at C3: An Interview with Oscar and Emmy winner Freida Lee Mock

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The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presented by Visual Communications concluded last week and it was a blast to celebrate Asian American media and artists. This year was a banner year with highly anticipated feature films, documentaries and short films. Check out the Festival recap.

In addition to the Festival, VC also presents the Conference for Creative Content (C3), presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment. C3 is the premier entertainment media conference bringing together top industry and creative professionals, especially from Asian American content creators breaking new ground. Over two days, these esteemed panelists connect with the audience that include academics, filmmakers, new media creatives, industry executives and community organizations by not only speaking about their craft, but to reflect on the new directions in which creative visions are finding expression.

The Daily Buzz at C3: An Interview with Jon M. Chu

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The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presented by Visual Communications concluded last week and it was a blast to celebrate Asian American media and artists. This year was a banner year with highly anticipated feature films, documentaries and short films. Check out the Festival recap.

In addition to the Festival, VC also presents the Conference for Creative Content (C3), presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment. C3 is the premier entertainment media conference bringing together top industry and creative professionals, especially from Asian American content creators breaking new ground. Over two days, these esteemed panelists connect with the audience that include academics, filmmakers, new media creatives, industry executives and community organizations by not only speaking about their craft, but to reflect on the new directions in which creative visions are finding expression.

The Daily Buzz at C3: An Interview with Casting Director Leslie Woo

Casting director Leslie Woo w/ actor Randall Park at C3 2015.

Casting director Leslie Woo w/ actor Randall Park at C3 2015.

The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presented by Visual Communications concluded last week and it was a blast to celebrate Asian American media and artists. This year was a banner year with highly anticipated feature films, documentaries and short films. Check out the Festival recap.

In addition to the Festival, VC also presents the Conference for Creative Content (C3), presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment. C3 is the premier entertainment media conference bringing together top industry and creative professionals, especially from Asian American content creators breaking new ground. Over two days, these esteemed panelists connect with the audience that include academics, filmmakers, new media creatives, industry executives and community organizations by not only speaking about their craft, but to reflect on the new directions in which creative visions are finding expression.

The Daily Buzz at C3: An Interview with Randall Park

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The 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presented by Visual Communications concluded last week and it was a blast to celebrate Asian American media and artists. This year was a banner year with highly anticipated feature films, documentaries and short films. Check out the Festival recap.

In addition to the Festival, VC also presents the Conference for Creative Content (C3), presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment. C3 is the premier entertainment media conference bringing together top industry and creative professionals, especially from Asian American content creators breaking new ground. Over two days, these esteemed panelists connect with the audience that include academics, filmmakers, new media creatives, industry executives and community organizations by not only speaking about their craft, but to reflect on the new directions in which creative visions are finding expression.

YOMYOMF at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2015

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It’s that time once again to join our friends at Visual Communications for another edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (#31 for those keeping count) running from tonight until April 30 at various locations around L.A. This year, the fest is under the leadership of new Executive Director Francis Cullado and features a number of programs featuring members of the YOMYOMF family. Check out all the full list of programs here and the following YOMYOMF-flavah-ed events:

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2014 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Opening Night Premiere Of "To Be Takei"

I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Mr. Leonard Nimoy last year when I presented the film TO BE TAKEI at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He was already ailing, with the possibility that we would have to make special arrangements at the venue to have his vehicle take him around back and he was going to enter via wheelchair and we would escort him to his seat.

But, he showed up, standing tall and walking, alongside his wife and assistant, and greeted staff and volunteers with grace. He still wanted to sneak through the back and not go on the red carpet. I assume, partly because the man was in pain but also, because it was George Takei’s night to shine, as the Festival presented the LA premiere of his documentary.

The Short List: JITENSHA (Bicycle)

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we present the award-winning JITENSHA aka “Bicycle.” We ask 5 questions to director Dean Yamada about this making of this film.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
Yu Shibuya is a uniquely talented writer in Tokyo, who pitched us a few different ideas for short film scripts. His pitch for Jitensha leapt off the page: Someone is taking apart the protagonist’s bicycle. One day the basket is gone, the next day the saddle, until the bell is the only thing left. He gets an envelope in the mail with a list of addresses.

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
Apart from the freezing weather and a vicious hawk trying to attack my wife at the beach, shooting went pretty smoothly. On the day we shot the beach scene, the weather was so clear you could see Mt. Fuji in the distance — a rare sight during the winter. We made sure to capitalize on this serendipitous moment by putting it in the film.

The Short List: REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we present Montreal-based Jonathan Ng’s award-winning REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE. He graciously answered our quick questionnaire in-between development meetings for his next project.

The Short List: THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

We ask 5 Questions to director Derek Nguyen about his short film THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
The story was inspired by personal experience. There was a period of time in which my step-mother would try to set me up with all these women every time there was a family function. She was quite obvious about it and it made everyone involved quite uncomfortable but it was really funny at the time. Of course, this all happened before I came out!

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
I think that the biggest challenge in making any film is the financing. Raising money is always difficult for new filmmakers, especially those who don’t have a proven box office track record. But thank Buddha for Kickstarter!

“Last year you overstepped your complimentary press access…”

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“Quentin,” said a friend on my phone. “Have you seen what Scott wrote on Facebook?”

“Scott?”

“Yes, the editor of Asiansonfilm! The blog!”

“Wait, let me check… Hm… what’s happening with Visual Communications this year?” (Note: Visual Communications produces the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival opening tomorrow and now in its 30th year)

“I guess he was criticizing the film festival for being too Filipino… and he got banned.”