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The 37th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is around the corner, and they just revealed their lineup. Some films in the lineup include action-comedy "Lumpia with A Vengance" making its Los Angeles premiere, and Dante Basco's directorial debut with "The Fabulous Filpino Brothers."

The festival also has a short program section called "Kuwentuhan" that will be featuring Apple Original Film and Skydance Animation's first short film "Blush." The animated short is directed by Emmy-winning animator Joe Mateo. The short made an earlier appearance at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Couresy of Apple/Skydance

This year's festival is a hybrid event running virtually and in person at various theatres in the Los Angeles area from September 23rd to October 2nd. The festival brings an exciting lineup of productions by Asian and Pacific Islanders from all over the globe.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Monday, September 13th, on their website found here.


Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented over 5,000 films, videos, and digital mediaworks by Asian & Pacific Islander artists, and features seminars, 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 cinema.

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for Short Film Awards. Recipient(s) of the Film Festival’s Golden Reel Award for Narrative/Animated Short Film will be eligible to submit in the Animated Short Film/Live-Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.

Cover Photo Courtesy of LAAPFF Website

"What you plant, you harvest." A narration from the documentary, Lolo. A short film created by choreographers Keone and Mari Madrid follows Keone's Lolo Arturo Madrid. Arturo Madrid is a a 76 year old Filipino-American man, who reminisces on the hardships, wonders and reality of migrating from the Philippines to the United States. Lolo is being rolled out publicly beginning with the trailer and the film release on August 23rd on Lolo Arturo's birthday. Follow Keone and Mari's channel to keep up on when to watch the short film.

Keone shares his grandfather's immigrant story and journey to a new country. The short film has won 15 awards and been recognized at various film festivals. What started as documenting family origin stores for his daughter turned into an important project appreciating "it's time we share our stories." Passing these experiences on to other generations are important to keep our culture alive and growing.

From Keone Madrid:
"Telling our grandfather's story of coming from a different life in the Philippines to an American one may be, at least to us, the most important thing we may ever document on film. Of course for personal reasons, but also to know there are 2+ million Filipino-Americans and 44+ million immigrant-Americans who will see a story they have similarly lived, on screen. Something very rare and often unseen in American cinema. Especially when Asian voices have often been limited to caricatures and a call to hearing our stories has been brought to the forefront."

Cover Photo Credit: FilmFreeway

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