The 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented April 21 through 28, 2016 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Downtown Independent; Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company, and additional cinemas in the Los Angeles area. A key highlight leading up to annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike.

Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.

New Student Movements, Asians on Campus
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Saturday, April 23, 9:30 pm
Japanese American National Museum
Assistant Professor Erica Cho has curated a special program of films entitled New Student Movements, Asians on Campus for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. As the per student public spending for University of California students decreases, the enrollment of "international" undergraduate students has dramatically increased. What impact do these large student migrations have on how art and film are taught on public university campuses? What can student films made within a visual art program tell us about a changing "Asia America"? Highlighting recent student work produced in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego, this program reveals the unique creative junctures that can happen in such contexts. Participating filmmakers include: Diana Li, Chuxin Huo, Eun Lee, Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Tiffany Kurnia, Vincent Hoang, George Fu & Emily Zheng, and Sabrina Wang.

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Erica Cho
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
UC San Diego

Image courtesy of the artists; Growing Up Red film still detail