Here They Are…The #APAParkCity Class of 2021!

Miya Cech appears in MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE by Kate Tsang, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nanu Segal.

For those attending the (virtual) Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals at wherever in the world you plan to be from January 28 through February 3 (Sundance) and February 12 through 25 (Slamdance), the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience team wants to let you all know who we’re celebrating, centering, and spotlighting. A mix of past #APAParkCity honorees and bright-eyed newcomers portends much excitement and promise for the coming year. Be sure to catch these filmmakers’ films and new media productions. As always, we think this group is very special. And we know you’ll agree with us, too!

Sundance (Directors unless otherwise indicated; * are #APAParkCity returnees)

JAVAAD ALIPOOR (Co-Creator) – RICH KIDS: A HISTORY OF SHOPPING MALLS IN TEHRAN

* NINA YANG BONGIOVI (Producer) – PASSING

SONNY CALVENTOEXCUSE ME, MISS! MISS! MISS!

NATALIE CHAOTO KNOW HER

SHERON DAYOC (Producer) – EXCUSE ME, MISS! MISS! MISS!

JULIAN DOANRASPBERRY

SUSHMIT GHOSH (Co-Director) – WRITING WITH FIRE

CASSANDRA JABOLA (Producer) – AMY TAN: UNINTENDED MEMOIR

YOUMIN KANGAVA FROM MY CLASS

SERHAT KARAASLANTHE CRIMINALS

* KANG-MIN KIMKKUM

SARAH KIM (Producer) – I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

CIARA LACYTHIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

* GRACE LEE (Co-Creator) – BEYOND THE BREAKDOWN

SASHA LEEMISERY LOVES COMPANY

DEBBIE LUMTRY HARDER!

CAROLYN MAO (Producer) – MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE

ALISHA MEHTALATA

KO MORI (Producer) – PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND

NOEMIE NAKAITEARS TEACHER

ERICK OHNAMOO

ALAP PARIKH (Co-Creator) – PRISON X – CHAPTER 1: THE DEVIL AND THE SUN

JASON PARKBJ’S MOBILE GIFT SHOP

PHẠM NGỌC LÂNTHE UNSEEN RIVER

BAZ POONPIRIYAONE FOR THE ROAD

LKHAGVADULAM PUREV-OCHIRMOUNTAIN CAT

AJITPAL SINGHFIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS

SION SONOPRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND

ALISI TELENGUTTHE FOURFOLD

RINTU THOMAS (Co-Director) – WRITING WITH FIRE

KATE TSANGMARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE

ZAMARIN WAHDATBAMBIRAK

* NANFU WANGIN THE SAME BREATH

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGII WAS A SIMPLE MAN



Slamdance (Directors unless otherwise indicated)

All links go to the Slamdance Program page; click on the respective categories to access info on the following films:

SHELDON CHAUFLYING EGGS

DANIEL CHEIN (Co-Director) – ABOUT A HOME

SHAINA GHURAYAHUMAN HELPER; I WISH I NEVER

SHOKO HARAJUST A GUY

YUE HUANG (Co-Director) – RETURN TO THE PEACH BLOSSOM WONDERLAND

KEFFTAIPEI SUICIDE STORY

TRISTAN KIMRUN THAT SHIT!

TAKESHI KOGAHARABIRDLAND

YOH KOMAYALIKE IN MOVIES

ANNAPURNA KUMARSOMETHING TO TREASURE

YIHAN LININSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE WALL

ELIZABETH LO (Co-Director) – ABOUT A HOME

COURTNEY LOO (Co-Director) – POST OFFICE

YUCHAO LUO (Co-Director) – RETURN TO THE PEACH BLOSSOM WONDERLAND

MOHAMMAD MOHAMMADIANLIFE

NAM JIHEEKNIFE HANGING FROM A TREE

ERICK OHOPERA

HAOMIN PENG (Co-Director) – RETURN TO THE PEACH BLOSSOM WONDERLAND

SUNEIL SANZGIRILETTER FROM YOUR FAR-OFF COUNTRY

NAVID SINAKIRUMI AND HIS ROSES

JOCELYN TAMAYAOTHE BIN

JORDAN WONGMOUNTAIN LODGE

WU YU FENTHERE

ALISA YANGSLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL

YUJIE XUWHITE HORSE         

Let’s Not Forget Those #APAParkCity Actors!

Evelyn (Aina Dumlao) is about to make a shocking discovery that will affect two broken families in Xia Magnus’ SANZARU, premiering Jan. 26 in Narrative Competition at the Slamdance Film Festival. (Photo: courtesy Undercurrent Media)

Although a smaller contingent than the filmmakers we are honoring, we are pleased to recognize the actors whose work grace select films as part of the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Hit the respective links to get details on the films they appear in, and be sure to watch their films during Park City 2020:

SHIRLEY CHENBEAST BEAST

TERRY CHEN — FALLING

NOEL KATE CHOMINARI

JON VIKTOR CORPUZSANZARU

AINA DUMLAOSANZARU

YERI HANMINARI

YOUN YUH JUNGMINARI

ALAN KIMMINARI

DANIEL DAE KIMBLAST BEAT

SUNITA MANISAVE YOURSELVES!

DANIEL RASHIDBEAST BEAST

BENEDICT WONGNINE DAYS

STEVEN YUENMINARI

Consult the program guides of the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals for dates, venues, and showtimes.

Welcome to #APAParkCity!

We’ve finally done and did it…we, the Organizing Team of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City have pored over fifteen years of hosting our annual Park City Receptions for Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian International cinema artists and assembled a new online destination to celebrate our artists as we move forward to the week starting January 23, when the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals take over Park City, Utah. Since 2001, when an ad hoc team of APA media arts activists including former Visual Communications Executive Director Linda Mabalot and publicists David Magdael and Winston Emano contributed to a memorable launch for director Rod Pulido’s THE FLIP SIDE (the very first feature-length film directed by a Filipino American to screen at Sundance), we recognized the need to foreground and recognize APA cinematic talents in Park City who have brought their stories to this annual gathering of independent cinema. As it turns out, the very first Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience gathering at China Panda Restaurant proved to be a preview of things to come.

As #APAParkCity co-founder Winston Emano once proclaimed, “The first year, it was a party. The second year, it was a happening. Now, this is an annual event. You know what we call that? We call that a tradition.” We invite one and all who champion and support the creative vision and storytelling talents of our APA and Asian international artistic community to JOIN US in January as #APAParkCity presents its Sixteenth Edition. Follow this blog for breaking news and other developments, and follow us throughout the year — the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience “tradition” has begun to extend far beyond the snowy hamlet of Park City, all the better to recognize and celebrate our amazing cinematic community. Stay tuned! More great stuff to come in the coming weeks…