2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Lineup

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Los Angeles The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented by Visual Communications (VC), announced their Closing Night film and their complete film lineup for the 35th edition today.

The Festival’s Closing Night film features the World Premiere of EMPTY BY DESIGN, written and directed by Andrea A. Walter.   This year’s Festival will showcase over 200 films, including both features and short films, with eight feature film world premieres.  As previously announced, Opening Night will be the world premiere of YELLOW ROSE, directed and written by Diane Paragas.  For the first time in the history of the Festival, LAAPFF will open and close with feature films written and directed by Asian Pacific American female filmmakers and as world premieres.  In addition, this year’s selections marks a milestone with 24 female directors – both documentary and narrative feature films.

Rhian Ramos & Osric Chau in Andrea A. Walter’s Empty By Design.

“For our 35th edition, we are thrilled to bookend our festival with two world premieres, YELLOW ROSE (Opening Night) and EMPTY BY DESIGN (Closing Night), by two Filipina American filmmakers, Diane Paragas and Andrea A. Walter, respectively,” shared Lindy Leong – the LAAPFF Senior Programmer and program manager. “This truly is an extraordinary moment of historical significance for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) film and indie film festivals, and it is a win for broader representation of and support of both women and Southeast Asian American stories from the heartland to the homeland.  Most importantly, both films tell compelling humanist stories and demonstrate strong indie storytelling voices in the making.”

EMPTY BY DESIGN tells the story of Samantha (Rhian Ramos), who moves back home to Manila from the US after a loss in her family, and Eric (Osric Chau) who also travels back for a job.  Both ex-patriates find themselves struggling with their new identities.  Despite the disconnection to their culture, they find a sense of place by confiding in each other and eventually discover what they have long been looking for. The film also stars Chris Pang (CRAZY RICH ASIANS), Dante Basco (HOOK ), Desmond Chiam (NOW APOCALYPSE), Yoshi Sudarso (POWER RANGERS: NINJA STEEL), and Madeleine Humphries (THE STEPDAUGHTERS). The film is produced by Chau, Pang, and Basco.

Please visit the LAAPFF Website for more info on the event & films.

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