Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Movies that Made a Difference
Presented by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

three_seasonsTHREE SEASONS
THURSDAY, NOV. 12   |   7:30 PM
@ Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)

FREE ADMISSION (donations suggested)

We kick off The Living Room Series: Movies that Made a Difference, presented by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, with Tony Bui's multi-award winning THREE SEASONS. Set in modern Saigon, THREE SEASONS questions the consequences of a rapidly changing Vietnam on its people and culture. We meet the young Kien An, hired to pick lotuses for leprosy-ridden old poet Teacher Dao. Cyclo driver Hai falls for Lan, a proud young prostitute with lofty ambitions. And Woody, a street urchin, crosses paths with Hager, an American veteran searching for the daughter he left behind during the war.

Born in Vietnam and trained in Los Angeles, Tony Bui made history when THREE SEASONS captured both the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Dance Party Benefit for VC on November 7


Ladies and Gentlemen: put on your dancing shoes! 
Join us for DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY, VC's fall fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. 

Cut a rug to the musical stylings of The Music Company featuring Howie and Mariko, playing your favorite throwback hits from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Feel like a wallflower? Our Michael Jackson tribute will get you out of your seat and on to the dance floor. All dancers eligible for door prize. Opportunity drawings all night plus lots of other special surprises. We hope to see you there!

@ Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
815 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)

$40/person advance sales
$50/person at the door
$650/VIP table for 10 (reserved seating + gourmet hors d'oeuvres)

Buy your Dance Bids Today!

For more information, call (213) 680-4462 x28. 

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divine_interventionCITY OF LIFE AND DEATH
@ Mann Chinese 6, Theatre 6 
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles

Join Visual Communications when we co-present CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH, the latest work by Chinese director Lu Chuan (KEKEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL). Lu Chuan's essential epic, starring Liu Ye, Hideo Nakaizumi, Fan Wei, John Paisley, Gao Yuanyuan, and Yuko Miyamoto, recreates the atrocities committed by the Japanese army during its occupation of Nanking in December 1937. 

The film begins with a ferocious battle sequence, with the last Chinese soldiers desperately attempting to hold back the invaders, then tells the story of a small group of Westerners and Chinese who engage in desperate negotiations with the Japanese invaders. Like SCHINDLER'S LIST, this astounding new film provides a rare combination of cinematic bravura and historical gravitas.

Free tickets are available to CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH and all other AFI FEST screenings - in advance at, at the Mann Theatres (6925 Hollywood Blvd.) on October 26, or on the day of scheduled screenings via rush lines. Reserved seating can be secured by becoming a patron of the film festival and purchasing an AFI FEST Patron Pass. For more details, visit

2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The Call for Entries period to submit your film or video to 
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set for April 29 through May 6, 2010, is now in full swing. Reminder: the Early Deadline to submit your work is  FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2009

Productions for consideration include features and shorts in the following categories: dramatic/narrative, documentaries, experimental and animation/graphic films in all genres. Entries by and/or about Asian Pacific American and Asian international producers with themes involving, but NOT limited to, Asian Pacific culture, history and experiences are welcome and encouraged.

To submit, follow the link below to submit your film via the Web at  For more information, call (213) 680-4462 x68, or visit


Join a dynamic team of individuals committed to supporting Asian American independent media. VC seeks a Sponsorship Associate to assist with fundraising efforts through corporate sponsorships for the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. View the Full Job Description and apply today!


Our friends at 
CHERRY SKY FILMS are taking the plunge into the new media world with the premiere of MEGABOT, a weekly web-based series that is part "Power Rangers" and part "Voltron." The series will follow five attractive, multi-ethnic students from Anytown High who discover the mystical PowerSleeves. United, the PowerSleeves control MegaBot, a colossal crime-fighting robot designed by Lord Gaigon, who must defend Earth from BioBorg invasions, week after week. Check out the series at

Derek Shimoda's THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE, a Cherry Sky Film production and a past L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest selection, is now available for DVD purchase at; and is now streaming online at


The ADVANCING JUSTICE CONFERENCE is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference. The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Taking place on October 29-30, 2009, the conference covers a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers, hate crimes, and LGBT rights.

The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).

Early registration rates have been extended to October 2, 2009.

For more information, please visit

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