LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL IS SET TO BRING AN INCREDIBLE COLLECTION OF ASIAN AND ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILMS CELEBRATING 34 YEARS BY PRESENTING 118 FILMS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE FOR THE 2018 EDITION MAY 3 – MAY 12, 2018

THE  FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH OF MAY WITH AWARD WINNING FILMS, WORLD PREMIERES, LOS ANGELES PREMIERES, AND MILESTONE FILM EVENTS HIGHLIGHTING COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented over 4,000 films, videos, and digital mediaworks by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features…

“Defenders of Life” Film Review

By: Adrienne Vaught In this gritty drama we see and feel the slam of modern socially accepted rules into ancient indigenous cultures. First we meet a twenty first century cultural anthropologist and her young son in the forests of South America. The mother son duo struggles to understand one another while forming bonds with a…

2017 Slamdance Festival to Showcase 11 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features Lineup Spotlights 8 Directorial Debuts From Women Filmmakers

The Slamdance Film Festival announced today their Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 23rd Festival edition, taking place in Park City from January 20-26, 2017. Driven by a dedication to emerging artists, Slamdance continues to be the premiere film festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers. Established in 1995, Slamdance is dedicated to discovering…

2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: COMPETITION AND NEXT LINEUP

Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival,  the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and…

The Beauty Which Is “Celluloid Dreams”

By Monteque Pope Le Beau   Words and actions can cut like a knife.. A simple look.. The rolling of the eyes or the tilting of the head can say so much, but what is louder than any hurtful words is emotional absence. Film is a time capsule for the precious moments of our lives, and…

TROUBLING THE STILL WATERS OF DENIAL: Writer/Director Derek Hallquist’s Beautifully Crafted Telling of His Father’s Journey

By: Vernon Nickerson Still waters run deep is a proverb of Latin origin now commonly taken to mean that a placid exterior hides a passionate or subtle nature.” (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)   “Denial” Writer and Director Derek Hallquist’s exquisitely composed story of his parent Christine Hallquist’s (nee David Hallquist) life, is the ultimate 21st…

Film Review Of 2016 Dances With Films Feature, “LILITH’S AWAKENING”

By: Vernon Nickerson Lucy  Is On Top in Monica Demes’s Feature Film, “Lilith’s Awakening”   In “Lilith’s Awakening”, Writer, Director, Monica Demes film noir homage to Dracula, the Vampire is Lucy’s alter-ego portrayed with style and silent film acting panache by Barbara Eugenia. Plot-meets-13th Century rabbinical Lilith literature as our 21st Century heroine Lucy (…

A review of 2016 Slamdance Film “HUNKY DORY”

By : Alystar McKenneh-O’Neil   Hollywood is full of those performers who didn’t make it and end up scratching their way through the day pimping and prostituting themselves just to be able to continue the lies they tell themselves on a daily basis. I am relevant, I am loved, I am creative, I am a…