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The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

LAAPFF-2015-01

For Immediate Release

Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) May 19, 2015

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MAY 1, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

“JASMINE” and “TWINSTERS” TAKE TOP HONORS AT

THE 31st LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

 

“THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR” – by ARTHUR DONG

WINS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

“HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)” – by JOSH KIM

WINS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE

 

GOLDEN REEL AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM GOES TO

“90 DAYS” – A FILM BY TIMOTHY YEUNG

LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD GOES TO

“JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL” by KEN OCHIAI

May 1, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) produced by Visual Communications celebrated it’s closing night of their 31st edition on Thursday night with a filmmaker awards ceremony for the competition films, and the LA premiere screening of the award winning MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW directed by Shonali Bose.

Los Angeles based director Dax Phelan was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature for his feature debut JASMINE. The festival’s Best Director award was given to LAAPFF alumni Jennifer Phang for her film ADVANTAGEOUS.

Both JASMINE and ADVANTAGEOUS were among multiple award winners. JASMINE was recognized by 5 awards; ADVANTAGEOUS took home 4 awards; and MISS INDIA AMERICA was honored with 2 prizes.

Additional Narrative Feature awards presented on closing night include:

Best Screenplay                   Ravi Kapoor and Meera Simhan for MISS INDIA AMERICA

Best Editor (tie)                     Sean Gillane and Jennifer Phang for ADVANTAGEOUS

Chris Chan Lee for JASMINE

Best Cinematography         Guy Livneh for JASMINE

Best Music Score                 Timo Chen for ADVANTAGEOUS

Best Sound Design             Lisa K. Fowle for JASMINE

Best Actor – comedy Tiya Sircar for MISS INDIA AMERICA

Best Actor – drama               Jason Tobin for JASMINE

Best Ensemble Cast            Cast of KTOWN COWBOYS – directed by Daniel Park

Best First Feature                Li Lu for THERE’S A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE

Best New Actor (tie)             Anthony Ma for LOVE ARCADIA

Brandon Soo Hoo for EVERYTHING BEFORE US

Best Animation in a             MAN UP – directed by Justin Chon

Non-Animated Film

In addition, the narrative jury awarded actress/writer Jacqueline Kim for her work as the lead actress and co-writer of ADVANTAGEOUS with the special inaugural Linda Mabalot Renaissance Award. This award recognizes a multi talented artist who exemplifies the spirit and fierceness of the late executive director of the LAAPFF and Visual Communications, Linda Mabalot. Mabalot died in 2003 just after the festival ended.

In the documentary competition, directors Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto won the Grand Jury Prize for the film TWINSTERS. The film tells the real life story of co-director Futerman finding her twin sister on social media by accident. Futerman and her twin sister were separated in Korea when they were adopted by different families – one in the US and the other in Europe.

Best Documentary Director award was given to Jim Choi for CHANGING SEASON; Best Cinematographer prize was bestowed on Patrick McLaughlin for his work on EVERYTHING WILL BE; and Best Editing went to Sara Newens and Summers Henderson for TOP SPIN. A special jury prize was awarded to Kimberlee Bassford for WINNING GIRL.

Attendance was up with many sold out shows this year and audiences really responding to the films and stories. All of the 32 feature films were eligible for Audience Award. This was divided into the fiction and documentary categories. THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR from award winning filmmaker Arthur Dong took home the Audience Award in the documentary arena; and HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) by Josh Kim wowed the audiences and won the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature.

This year, the LAAPFF presented over 102 short films from directors across the globe. The dramatic and elegantly executed 90 DAYS by Patrick Yeung received the Golden Reel Award, while Ken Ochiai was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award for his musical short JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL

The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicked off on April 23, 2015 for eight days starting with the world premiere of EVERYTHING BEFORE US – a film by Wesley Chan and Philip Wang. Since opening night, LAAPFF has screened all over Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Koreatown to Downtown LA to West Hollywood.

The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:

PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment; GOLD: Directors Guild of America; Nielsen; SILVER: HBO; BRONZE: FilmLA; Creative DCP; SAG Indie; STAR: Modern VideoFilm; Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Union Bank; Writers Guild of America/West; Yu & Co.; VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; KPFK – FM; LA-18 KSCI; LA Weekly; MYX TV; Yelp; GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Arts Council; Cal Humanities; FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Weingart Foundation; Parsons Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Sony Pictures Entertainment; RECEPTION: Asahi; Kirin; LA-18 KSCI; Stella Artois; Ketel One; MYXTV; IN KIND: Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18; HBO; Red Giant;

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LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2015 AWARDS

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARDS

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE – BEST FILM – JASMINE

BEST DIRECTOR – JENNIFER PHANG – ADVANTAGEOUS

BEST SCREENPLAY – RAVI KAPOOR & MEERA SIMHAN, – MISS INDIA AMERICA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – GUY LIVNEH – JASMINE

BEST ACTOR – DRAMATIC – JASON TOBIN – JASMINE

BEST ACTOR – COMEDY – TIYA SIRCAR – MISS INDIA AMERICA

BEST EDITING – TIE:     CHRIS CHAN LEE – JASMINE

SEAN GILLANE/JENNIFER PHANG – ADVANTAGEOUS

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST  – KTOWN COWBOYS

BEST SOUND DESIGN – LISA K. FOWLE – JASMINE

BEST MUSICAL SCORE -TIMO CHEN – ADVANTAGEOUS

SPECIAL JURY AWARD,  BEST ANIMATION IN A NON-ANIMATED FILM – MAN UP

SPECIAL JURY AWARD, BEST NEW ACTOR – Tie:

BRANDON SOOHOO – EVERYTHING BEFORE US; ANTHONY MA – LOVE ARCADIA

SPECIAL JURY AWARD, BEST FIRST FEATURE – LI LU – THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE

SPECIAL JURY AWARD, THE LINDA MABALOT RENAISSANCE SPIRIT AWARD for the multi talented artist who embodies the spirit and fierceness of Linda Mabalot

JACQUELINE KIM – ADVANTAGEOUS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AWARDS

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE – BEST FILM – TWINSTERS – DIRECTED BY SAMANTHA FUTERMAN AND RYAN MIYAMOTO

BEST DIRECTOR      JIM CHOI – CHANGING SEASONS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN – EVERYTHING WILL BE

BEST EDITING – SARA NEWENS & SUMMERS HENDERSON – TOP SPIN

SPECIAL JURY AWARD – KIMBERLEE BASSOFRD – WINNING GIRL

 

 

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

 

DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD – THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR – A FILM BY ARTHUR DONG

NARRATIVE AUDIENCE AWARD – HOW WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) – A FILM BY JOSH KIM

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

 

NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS –

JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL – DIRECTED BY KEN OCHIAI

 

GOLDEN REEL AWARD- BEST FILM

90 DAYS – a film by TIMOTHY YEUNG

SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS:

QUYEN – DIRECTED BY LUCRETIA STINETTE

THICKER THAN WATER – DIRECTED BY SEUNG YOEB LEE

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Little Show called Blogtalk Celebrating Milestone

Little Show called Blogtalk Celebrating Milestone!

One Year Anniversary plus over 70 Inspiring Episodes/ 3 Seasons

By MJ Racadio

Coffee break with Jim Paredes
Coffee Break with Jim Paredes at his Fabulous House in Quezon City
Jim Paredes
Legendary OPM (Original Pilipino Music) Jim Paredes during his Interview

Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR), May 11, 2015

Wow! It’s been over a year since started this little show called Blogtalk. First and foremost, thanking God for his guidance and blessings. Met wonderful and beautiful people who made my show possible and of course my partner in crime Mariebeth who endlessly supporting throughout the years from providing hi-tech gadgets to moral support.  Never imagine had this chance of a lifetime to give platform or medium to inspire others even empowering via podcasting and blogging. Just got back from the Philippines and had a blast out there from spending quality time with parents to visiting beautiful places like Vigan (Sur) and Pagudpud (Norte) both in Ilocos, San Pablo City in Laguna, Villasis in Pangasinan where I delivered my speech as guest of honor/ speaker and that was the most surreal experienced ever.

with Lance Raymundo
with Lance Raymundo (Actor/Model/Songwriter)
with Travis Kraft & Lance Raymundo
with Travis Kraft (YouTube Superstar) & Lance Raymundo
with Papa Jack
with Papa Jack of 90.7 Love Radio

After two weeks of vacation, here comes the interviews, being invited by the legendary Jim Paredes at his fabulous house was real treat indeed. He was so welcoming and hospitable, which is the known character of Filipino people. Early eve, hanging out with Travis Kraft and Lance Raymundo at Gateway in Cubao, a beautiful place to eat and unwind from busy schedule. This meeting called it, where Iron Man meets the Superman they were both accommodating and answered all the questions. By the way, my assistant executive was there too her name is Jo “Rockon” I could not have done it without her assistance along with Benedict (Red Band Drummer) which I’m currently mentoring.

with Benedict Gopez (Red Band Drummer)
with Benedict Gopez (Red Band Drummer)
Mitoy (The Voice of the Philippines Winner Season 1)
Mitoy (The Voice of the Philippines Winner Season 1)
with Nino Alejandro (Finalist of The Voice of the Philippines-Season 2)
with Nino Alejandro (Finalist of The Voice of the Philippines-Season 2)

Then after, we went and see the show of Mitoy (The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 Winner) his very good no wonder he won. Mitoy gave me a chance to interview him for 5 minutes, he was accommodating and down-to-earth.  I had a long day, guess what?  It’s not done yet because Jo wanting me to visit Papa Jack the DJ Superstar of the Philippines.  We arrived at Love Radio along Roxas Boulevard in Manila; the place was very quiet and spacious. Papa Jack was very friendly and gave me a chance to ask him questions, which is really cool and getting to know him up close and personal.  The next day, meeting with Nino Alejandro was fun and cool because he was so gracious to offer me something at a known coffee shop at Resort World in Manila. The interview went well and of course his show was mind-blowing, he was such an excellent performer and vocalist.

Photo Credits: Jophel ‘Jo’ Huffman & Benedict Gopez (Red Band Drummer)

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Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas Teams Up with Mixed Roots

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Hollywood, California May 05, 2015

Adoptee 2015 Night
Adoptee 2015 Night

Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas Teams Up with Mixed Roots Foundation by Throwing First Pitch at 3rd Annual ‘Adoptee Night’ with LA Dodgers – Friday, May 22 at Dodger Stadium

‘Adoptee Night’ is a Special Night for All Who are Touched by Adoption and Foster Care and will Provide 1,000 Adopted and Foster Youth An Opportunity to Attend Their First Baseball Game

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

As a fellow adoptee, I encourage all adoptees and their families to come out and support this great cause that touches millions of lives…please help me send 1,000 adopted and foster youth to their first baseball game by donating to Mixed Roots Foundation

In recognition of National Foster Care Month and celebration of its 4th Year Anniversary, Mixed Roots Foundation will host its 3rd annual ‘Adoptee Night’ with the LA Dodgers as they take on the San Diego Padres on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.at Dodger Stadium. Apl.de.ap, one of the founding members of the Black Eyed Peas and founder of Apl.de.ap Foundation was born in the Philippines and was later adopted to the United States at the age of 14 will throw out the first pitch.

“I look forward to throwing out the first pitch for the 3rd Annual Adoptee Night with the LA Dodgers to help raise awareness about the unique needs of adoptees and their families,” said Apl.de.ap, founding member of Black Eyed Peas and founder of Apl.de.ap Foundation. “As a fellow adoptee, I encourage all adoptees and their families to come out and support this great cause that touches millions of lives…please help me send 1,000 adopted and foster youth to their first baseball game by donating to Mixed Roots Foundation – I look forward to seeing all of you there…It’s going to be an amazing night – Go Dodgers!”

In addition, Mixed Roots Foundation will be partnering with the Apl.de.ap Foundation and The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to help recruit adoptees, foster youth and their families to participate in the special event.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Mixed Roots Foundation,” said Apl.de.ap Foundation’s executive director, Ted Benito. “We look forward to not only supporting Apl throwing out the first pitch, but we believe through our partnership with Mixed Roots Foundation, this will provide a great way to share all the work that he is doing through the foundation that is truly making a difference in the lives of orphans and specifically children and families in his native home country, the Philippines – Thank you, Mixed Roots Foundation for this special opportunity and we look forward to partnering more in the future.”

“Currently there are 18,000 children in Los Angeles County living in foster care. The Dodgers Adoptee Night Event will help promote more awareness that all youth deserve safe, nurturing and permanent families. I thank all of the foster and adoptive parents who are committed to providing children in need, with a loving home, and also all of our DCFS social workers and staff who work so hard for our children,” said Philip L. Browning, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. “I especially want to thank Mixed Roots Foundation and to all of those who have helped make this special event possible for all of the children and families that will be in attendance.”

Mixed Roots Foundation will host a VIP pregame meet & greet at their community booth where fans will have the opportunity to meet Apl as well as learn more about important post adoption resources that are available for adoptees and their families. Adoptee Night ticket holders will also receive a signature Adoptee Night rally towel.

Tickets cost $25. To become a strategic partner or sponsor, please contact 213.725.8054 or email sponsor(at)mixedrootsfoundation(dot)org. To donate or sponsor a kid, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/adopteeday-adopteenight2015. To volunteer or learn more about the event, please email events(at)mixedrootsfoundation(dot)org or visit http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org for more information.

About Mixed Roots Foundation
Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA and serves as the first and only national / global multicultural foundation for adoptees and their families representative of the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience and leverages philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to support post-adoption resources for adoptees and their families. For more info, visit http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org, LIKE Mixed Roots Foundation on Facebook or Follow on Twitter @mixedroots.

About Apl.de.Ap
The eldest of seven siblings, Allan Pineda better known as Apl.de.ap grew up in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He worked in the farm with his grandfather and sold the crops at the open market. Coming from a poor family, he knew early on that going to school was his long-term ticket to a better life. Clinically blind, the young Apl managed to get treatment for his eyes in the U.S. through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation with his sponsor, Joe Ben Hudgens, who eventually adopted Apl. At the age of 14 years old, Apl moved to LA where Hudgens fostered the importance of education that would lead to achieving his dreams. Apl became a rapper, record producer, and member of the multi-Grammy award winning group the Black Eyed Peas. Drawing from his own life experiences and putting action behind his words, he established the Apl.de.ap Foundation.

About Apl.de.ap Foundation
As Apl.de.ap became financially stable and one of the most famous Filipinos in the world, he dedicates himself by giving back to his country and youth everywhere through his Apl.de.ap Foundation which focuses on education, technology, helping vision-challenged newborns and art-therapy. Apl has not shied away from acknowledging his Filipino roots and continues to embrace his heritage, even in his work. From his humble beginnings to his extreme fame he still retains the Filipino hospitality and “bayanihan” spirit. His humility, generosity, sense of humor and graciousness to his fans remains a core part of who he is. For more info, visit http://www.apldeapfoundation.org and also http://www.forfilipinochildren.com or LIKE Apl.de.ap Foundation on Facebook.

About The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
LA DCFS is the largest child protection agency in the country. The department serves over 36,000 children on any given day. The primary goal of the department is to protect children from abuse and neglect as well as reunite families when it is safe to do so. For children that are unable to safely remain home, loving foster families and adoptive homes are always needed. For more information about LA DCFS programs and services, please call888.811.1121 or visit http://www.shareyourheartla.org

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH – MIXED ROOTS FOUNDATION – APL.DE.AP FIRST PITCH @ 3RD ANNUAL ADOPTEE NIGHT WITH LA DODGERS MARKETING

MAIN LINKS:

Main Website: www.mixedrootsfoundation.org

To Sponsor / Donate Individual Tickets: https://www.crowdrise.com/TEAMAPLDEAPFORMIXEDROOTS
To Buy Individual Tickets to Attend Game/Event: http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/category-s/1885.htm

To Sponsor Event:  http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/category-s/1884.htm

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

LIKE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mixedrootsfoundation

Follow on Twitter: @mixedroots
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mixed-roots-foundation

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