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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Contact – ELISHA GUSTAFSON

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BARBARA THOMPSON

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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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