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Savasana (short film)

Screening during the “New Faces, New Frontiers: Singafest Short Film Program” at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 1st. Presented by FilAmCreative and CAPE.

An elegant, mysterious horror story about a beautiful Asian woman who wanders seemingly at random through San Francisco at night – until her true purpose becomes terrifyingly clear.

Winner Best Short FIlm New Jersey International Film Festival 2011. Also an official selection at San Antonio Film Festival 2011, Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2011, Woods Hole Film Festival 2011, Ventura Film Festival 2011, Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival 2011, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2011, Singapore International Film Festival 2011, and CineSol Independent Film Festival 2011.

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About the Beneficiaries

Proceeds from the special sneak preview of The Girl With No Number will go to the Asian Professional Exchange and the Center for the Pacific Asian Family.

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About the orgs:

Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) – Founded in 1993, APEX has been the premiere Asian Pacific Islander American membership organization in the region, with a strong commitment to professional development, community service and cultural awareness. Over the past few years, APEX has experienced enormous success thanks to overwhelming support from community organizations, government officials, corporations, and most importantly, our members. APEX strives to offer members quality and effective programs and opportunities for professional and personal growth.

The APEX mission is to be the premier membership organization for Asian Pacific Americans in Southern California who have a strong commitment to excellence in professional development, community service and cultural awareness. APEX serves as a medium to bring increased awareness about and to Asian Americans through community service, fellowship, charitable fundraisers, cultural events, professional networking and educational seminars. By combining diverse skills and resources to support common goals, APEX strives to benefit not only the Asian American community, but also society at large. Ultimately, APEX hopes to create a unified sense of community among all Asian Americans, here in the United States and abroad.

Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s (CPAF) story begins in 1978, when a Filipina American woman questioned whether an immigrant Asian or Pacific Islander (API) woman experiencing domestic or sexual violence could get help – any help. When she found no clear options available she pioneered the programs in use today at CPAF.

CPAF is a non-profit organization recognized nationally for its pioneering work in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services within the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. CPAF created the first Multi-lingual 24 hour Hotline assisting API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation.

In 1981, CPAF opened the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter in the nation that specialized in serving API survivors of domestic violence. Thereafter, CPAF was also the first to open a multi-lingual and multi-cultural Transitional Shelter focusing on the needs of survivors who seek to establish independent, violence-free lives.

In 2005, CPAF expanded its Community Program, focused on community education and violence prevention services. CPAF provides a wide range of comprehensive services, all of which are free of charge, conducted in many API languages.

D-volution (short film)

Screening during the “New Faces, New Frontiers: Singafest Short Film Program” at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 1st. Presented by FilAmCreative and CAPE.

“Do you love someone enough to kill them?” When a man races against time to save his virus infected wife from mutating into something terrible, he’s forced to make a heart wrenching decision as things go horribly wrong.

Written, Directed, Produced and Edited by Walter Boholst.
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Eli Roth selects: Getting Any? (Minna-Yatteruka!)

For the first year of Singafest, we invited supernatural horror maestro Eli Roth to pick his favorite overlooked Asian genre film.  Was his choice some splatterific Korean horror film or lost Shaw Bros. ghost story?  No, it’s one of famed director & actor “Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s most obscure gems, the riotous – and wildly un-P.C. – sex-comedy GETTING ANY? (1994, Tamasa Distribution, 108 min., Japan. Dir. Takeshi Kitano. )

“It’s such a random movie, I don’t know if a print exists anywhere, but it’s so fun and a rarely seen side of him,” said Roth. Loosely inspired by Kitano’s hugely successful 1980’s Japanese TV sketch show, GETTING ANY? is a savagely funny look at how advertising creates fantasies of sexual desire that can never be fulfilled.  For this screening we located the only existing subtitled print of the film – in France! – which we’re bringing in just for Singafest.

(In Japanese with English subtitles.)

Come see this rare feature, hand-picked by Eli Roth on Sunday, October 2nd, at 4:45 PM.
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Late Night Happy Hour at Napa Valley Grille

Enjoy a complimentary Asian-Fusion Tapas as Festivalgoers celebrate at one of Westwood’s best outdoor venues as KIIS 102.7FM DJ SHY guides the turntables.

Presented by SUSHIPOPPER.

Sponsored drinks from 10-11PM

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Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute: Sonny Chiba

Join us at the Bigfoot Crest Theater to celebrate the Lifetime Achievements of Sonny Chiba. Presented in association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

With over 140 film and television appearances to his credit, Sonny Chiba is – alongside the equally legendary Bruce Lee – arguably the greatest martial arts star in film history.  Best known to U.S. audiences for his career-making performance as bone-crunching anti-hero “Terry Tsurugi” in the 1974 Asian action classic THE STREETFIGHTER directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, Chiba gained a whole new generation of fans with his delightful performance as sushi chef and master swordmaker “Hattori Hanzo” in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 KILL BILL: VOL. 1.

Please join us in celebrating the career of this legendary actor, featuring a screening of Chiba’s action-packed 1981 film SAMURAI REINCARNATION (MAKAI TENSHO)where Chiba stars as the one-eyed master samurai Jubei Yagyu going up against a demonic undead swordsman and his legions of evil followers.  (Jubei Yagyu was a role Chiba played in the long-running late 1970’s Japanese TV series “Yagyu Ichizoku No Inbo,” as well as the feature SHOGUN’S SAMURAI.)

One of Chiba’s personal favorites, SAMURAI REINCARNATION was directed by his longtime friend, legendary BATTLE ROYALE director Kinji Fukasaku; their collaboration stretched back to Fukasaku’s very first film as director in 1961 in which a young Chiba co-starred!

Discussion and martial arts demonstration following with Sonny Chiba and his daughter, actress Juri Manase.

Special Thanks to Akiko Agishi for her enormous help in arranging this special Tribute to Sonny Chiba.

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Singafest Industry Luncheon at the Patio Napa Valley Grille

Join us for a colorful, no-holds-barred discussions about US-Asian filmmaking issues with a stellar line-up of filmmaking talent including Orb Media Group CEO Peter Shiao, martial arts legend Sonny Chiba (KILL BILL), director/writer Quentin Lee (The People I’ve Slept With, Drift), actress Gwendoline Yeo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”),  and other guests TBD (schedules permitting).

Luncheon will be held with 2 Panels at 45 mins each.
Tickets available now ($35.00; Pre-fix or Buffet).
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New Faces, New Frontiers: Singafest Short Film Program

Join us for this fascinating showcase of emerging filmmakers and alternative visions from Asia, the U.S. and beyond. Presented by FilAmCreative and CAPE.

PLEASE NOTE:  There is a single ticket admission for both parts of the Shorts Program.  There will be a short break between the programs.

Part I:

  • Gerry Curtis’s Savasana (17 min., USA), an elegant, mysterious horror story about a beautiful Asian woman who wanders seemingly at random through San Francisco at night – until her true purpose becomes terrifyingly clear.
  • Kan Lume & Megan Wonowidjoyo’s Libertas (3 min., Singapore), a sublime pencil-drawn animation about a young artist who goes on a spiritual quest seeking peace after her brother’s death.
  • Uruphong Raksasad’s Dad’s Picture (8 min., Thailand), a simple, transcendent story of the connection between father and daughter as they spread seeds for a rare tree, hoping one will take root.
  • Martin Engracia’s Kumpisal Ng Birhen (Confessions Of A Virgin)(12 min., Philippines), with echoes of J-Horror classics like “The Ring” in this eerie tale of a woman who goes to work at a Catholic high school, and starts to see the spirit of a dead teenage girl.
  • Keith Johnson’sThe Four Immeasurables,”(7 min., Australia), a poetic, visually ravishing short about a Chinese calligrapher meditating on the four immeasurable virtues:  Harmony, Respect, Purity & Tranquility.
  • Mark Villegas’ Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila (23 min., USA/Philippines), a fascinating look at the fiercely independent music subculture of hip hop artists in modern Manila.

Part II:

  • Un-ok Min’s Interview With The Vampire (30 min., Korea). A young female producer at a TV company receives a strange assignment:  to research a documentary on modern-day vampires.  The deeper she goes, the more she starts to realize the monster may be much closer than she thinks.
  •  Phuttipong Aroonpheang’s A Tale Of Heaven” (6 min., Thailand), an ominous, abstract experimental film about the sea, the forest and death.
  • Walter Boholst’s D-volution (6 min., USA).  When a man races against time to save his wife who’s infected with a mutating virus he’s forced to make a terrible decision.
  • Peter Jin’s Portrait Of Leonore (19 min., USA).  Korean-American filmmaker & artist Jin’s surprising “autobiographical fiction” looks at his own tangled family history through his interactions with the older sister he never had named “Leonore”.
  • Anuradha Rana’s “Ring Laila,” (25 min., USA), a compelling documentary portrait of female boxers in India breaking gender barriers, with the added twist that two of the fighters are from the Muslim minority.
  • Spunk (4 min., USA)  Local L.A. Filipino-American filmmaker Patrick Epino confronts issues of Asian-American identity in this surprising and intimate short.

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Singafest Industry Happy Hour Mixer 5:30-7:30PM

Join us on Friday, September 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM for happy hour at the Napa Valley Grille Rutherford Lounge for an industry mixer. The Singafest Mixer will be a great opportunity to meet fellow industry members in this exclusive, private lounge at one of Westwood’s premier destinations where celebrities frequent.

Hosted by Privy, Gilt Groupe and Teddy Zee and sponsored by FilamCreative, C.A.P.E., AP RISING, Privy, Monster, Sapporo, our Official Beer Sponsor, and TY KU Sake, our Official Liquor Sponsor.

Complimentary Asian-Fusion tapas and sponsored bar from 5:30PM – 6:30PM

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The Girl with No Number: Special Sneak Preview + Benefit Screening

Special Sneak Preview: Sunday, October 2nd at 7:15 PM.

LA Weekly and KPRK 90.7FM present a special screening of THE GIRL WITH NO NUMBER (2011, Bigfoot Entertainment, 100 Min., Vietnam/U.S.). Proceeds will go to The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) and The Center for the Asian Pacific Family (CPAF).

The controversial topic of sex slavery is tackled head-on in this emotional drama starring Bebe Pham as Phuong Ly, an impoverished Vietnamese woman who falls in love with a charming, sympathetic man who wants to marry her – until their seemingly-perfect romance is sabotaged by her boyfriend’s mother.  Heartbroken and fragile, she travels to Ho Chi Minh City to work as a cleaner at a marriage agency.  There she meets Mitch (Jay Laisne), a visiting American seeking a Vietnamese wife.  He takes a strong interest in her, and coerces her to marry him with the promise that he’ll support her family in Vietnam and she’ll live a much better life in the U.S..  As soon as she arrives in America, Phuong Ly realizes that she’s been brought there as a sex slave. Violated and abused, with no hope of escape, she finds one slim ray of light in the bond she develops with her American abuser’s young, autistic niece — both of them prisoners needing to escape.

Don’t miss this exclusive benefit screening!
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