Here They Are…Our 2022 #APAAustin Artists!

From LONG LINE OF LADIES by Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome, part of SXSW’s Short Documentary Competition. (Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival)

For those attending the 2022 South by Southwest Film Festival in-person from March 11 through 19, the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience team wants to let you all know who we’re celebrating, centering, and spotlighting in Austin, TX. A mix of artists celebrated at #APAParkCity as well as SXSW honorees and bright-eyed newcomers promise much excitement as the current film festival season shifts into high gear. 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!

(All honorees are Directors unless otherwise indicated)

Headliners
Daniel KWAN (Co-Director) – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Hiro MURAIATLANTA (Season 3, Episode 1)
Chloe OKUNO (Screenwriter) – BODIES BODIES BODIES

Narrative Feature Competition
Beth DE ARAÚJOSOFT & QUIET

Documentary Feature Competition
Diane QUON (Producer) – BAD AXE
David SIEVBAD AXE

Narrative Spotlight
Renuka JEYAPALANSTAY THE NIGHT

Documentary Spotlight
Ahsen NADEEMCROWS ARE WHITE

Midnighters
Chloe OKUNOWATCHER

Festival Favorites
Ramin BAHRANI2ND CHANCE
Shalini KANTAYYATIK TOK, BOOM.

A scene from Faeze Azizkhani’s THE LOCUST, part of the SXSW Film Festival’s Global showcase. (Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival)

24 Beats Per Second
Alice GUREALLY GOOD REJECTS
Kaoru ISHIBASHI (Co-Director) – OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI

Global
Faeze AZIZKHANITHE LOCUST

Episodic Pilot Competition
Sunny LEE (Co-Director) – HIDDEN KINGDOM

Narrative Shorts Competition
Charmaine CLEVELAND (Screenwriter) – DEAR MAMA…
Nicole Mairose DIZON (Producer) – DEAR MAMA…
Xin LI (Producer) – DEAR MAMA…
Farhad PAKDELEVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT
Zahida PIRANIEL CARRITO
Anna TAKAYAMATHE VOICE ACTRESS
Yi TANGALL THE CROWS IN THE WORLD

Documentary Shorts Competition
Rayka ZEHTABCHI (Co-Director) – LONG LINE OF LADIES

Animated Shorts Competition
Sanjna BHARADWAJLOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOLER
Yoriko MIZUSHIRIANXIOUS BODIES
Renee ZHANSOFT ANIMALS

Midnight Shorts
Bushra AFREEN (Producer) – MOSHARI
C.K. Hugo CHUNG (Producer) – TANK FAIRY
Nuhash HUMAYUNMOSHARI
Anita TUNG (Producer) – TANK FAIRY

Texas High School Shorts
Joseph HO-SHING (Producer) – GOOD NIGHT
Uday NARAYANANA (Co-Director) – ROCK ROCKMAN’S REDEMPTION
Jeremiah SUDARMANTOFREEDOM

Music Video Competition
Mayukh GOSWAMI (Co-Director) – DAVE EAST, JAY ELECTRONICA, TAVIS EATON – “NO HOODIE”
Maegan HAOANGHANA VU – “KEEPER”
Rewi McLAY (Co-Director) – KIKO – “KA PUTA”
Danica TAN (Co-Director) – BOYS NOISE & KELSEY LU – “RIDE OR DIE”
Sean WANGDUMBFOUNDEAD – “MEET YOU AT THE LIGHT”

Title Design Competition
Karin FONGCOWBOY BEBOP – TITLE SEQUENCE
Daniel LEE (Co-Director) – ADM #UNSEEN – TITLE SEQUENCE
Jac MIN (Co-Director) – ADM #UNSEEN – TITLE SEQUENCE


From ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD) by Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, part of the SXSW Film Festival’s XR Experience showcase. (Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival)

XR Experience
Catherine ENG (Co-Director) – CHOCTAW CODE TALKERS 1918
Mina HYON (Producer) – IHYANGJEONG: CARVING WITH MEMORIES
Arif KHANBLACK ICE VR
Rene Hyewon LEE (Producer) – IHYANGJEONG: CARVING WITH MEMORIES
LEE SunghwanIHYANGJEONG: CARVING WITH MEMORIES
Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani OSORIOON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD)
Ruby WANG (Co-Director) – WEIRD TIMES

XR Experience Spotlight
Karim AMER (Co-Director) – PERSUASION MACHINES
Estela Valdivieso CHEN (Producer) – MADAME PIRATE: BECOMING A LEGEND
CHENG Chih-Jen (Co-Director) – BEATDAY – THE BEGINNING – MINI VR CONCERT
C.K. Hugo CHUNG (Producer) – LIPs
Dan-Chi HUANG (Co-Director) – MADAME PIRATE: BECOMING A LEGEND
Jack HUANG (Producer) – THE SICK ROSE
Yun-Hsien HUANG (Co-Director) – THE SICK ROSE
Gunter LEE (Producer) – BEATDAY – THE BEGINNING – MINI VR CONCERT
Jin-Yao LIN (Producer) – MADAME PIRATE: BECOMING A LEGEND
Peiying LINLIPs
Ruby LIU (Producer) – BEATDAY – THE BEGINNING – MINI VR CONCERT
LIU Szu-Ming (Co-Director) – BEATDAY – THE BEGINNING – MINI VR CONCERT; (Producer) THE SICK ROSE
Morgan OMMER (Co-Director) – MADAME PIRATE: BECOMING A LEGEND
Chin-Hsuan SUNG (Producer) – LIPs
Raqi SYED (Co-Director) – MINIMUM MASS
Zhi-Zhong TANG (Co-Director) – THE SICK ROSE
Nina WENG (Producer) – BEATDAY – THE BEGINNING – MINI VR CONCERT
Adam Cullen YOUNG (Producer) – MADAME PIRATE: BECOMING A LEGEND

Meet Our Fabulous #APAParkCity 2022 Artists

Sabri Sahafuddin, Muh. Saleh Hasanuddin and Atdriansyah Arismunandar appear in Makassar is a City for Football Fans by Khozy Rizal, an official selection of the Shorts Program at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute; photo by Rahman Saade)

For those attending the (virtual) Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals at wherever in the world you plan to be from January 20 through 30 (Sundance) and January 27 through February 6 (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)

Sparsh AHUJA (Lead Artist) – CHILD OF EMPIRE

Daanish Masood ALAVI (Lead Artist) – THE STATE OF GLOBAL PEACE

ANDRI “Yujin Sick”RENDANG OF DEATH

Ali ASGARIMORE THAN TWO HOURS

Mila AUNG-THWIN (Producer) – MIDWIVES

* Ramin BAHRANI2ND CHANCE

Dania BDEIRWARSHA

Joe CHAN (Producer) – NIGHT BUS

Maria CHIU (Producer) – THE EXILES

Mario CORNEJO (Producer) – LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE

Destin Daniel CRETTONSHORT TERM 12

Akanksha CRUCZYNSKICLOSE TIES TO HOME COUNTRY

Ely DAGHERWAVES

Jermaine DEAN (Lead Artist) – ATUA

Michelle Yu DU (Producer) – MEAL ON THE PLATE

Don Josephus Raphael EBLAHANTHE HEADHUNTER’S DAUGHTER

Martika Ramirez ESCOBARLEONOR WILL NEVER DIE

Christina FARAH (Producer) – WAVES

Tanu GAGO (Lead Artist) – ATUA

Seemab GULSANDSTORM (Mulaqat)

Lemon GUO (Lead Artist) – DIAGNOSIA

Julie HAFREE CHOL SOO LEE

Snow Hnin Ei HLAINGMIDWIVES

Duy HO (Producer) – MAIKA

Joe HSIEHNIGHT BUS

Kazuo ISHIGURO (Screenwriter) – LIVING

Monster JIMENEZ (Producer) – LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE

Sona JO (Producer) – FREE CHOL SOO LEE

Mahboobeh KALAEETHE FOURTH WALL

Stephen KANGBREATHE

* Shalini KANTAYYATIKTOK BOOM.

Naz KAWAKAMI (Producer/ Screenwriter) – EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI

Maziyar KHATAMBUMP

* Kangmin KIMDEER FLOWER

* Kijin KIM (Producer) – DEER FLOWER

* So Yong KIM (Producer) – BLOOD

Su KIM (Producer) – FREE CHOL SOO LEE

* KOGONADAAFTER YANG

Anderson LE (Producer) – MAIKA

Jenni Trang LE (Producer) – MAIKA

Anita LEE (Producer) – MOBILIZE

Wan Lin LEE (Producer) – NIGHT BUS

Roseanne LIANGDO NO HARM

Mohammadreza MAYGHANIORTHODONTICS

Lauren Lee McCARTHY (Lead Artist) – SURROGATE

Nina NAJJAR (Producer) – WAVES

* Bao NGUYEN (Producer) – MAIKA

Chloe OKUNOWATCHER

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani OSORIO (Lead Artist) – ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD)

Theresa PARK (Producer) – AFTER YANG

Percolate GalacticRENDANG OF DEATH

Hannah PETERSONCHAMP

Kunal PUNJABI (Producer) – COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO

Khozy RIZALMAKASSAR IS A CITY FOR FOOTBALL FANS

Erfan SAADATI (Lead Artist) – CHILD OF EMPIRE

Kitao SAKURAICULTURE BEAT

Dorothy R. SANTOS (Collaborative Artist) – SURROGATE

Shaunak SENALL THAT BREATHES

Reema SENGUPTACOUNTERFEIT KUNKOO

Surekha SENGUPTA (Producer) – COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO

Taylor SHUNG (Producer) – CHAMP

* Siqi SONGSISTER

Stefanie TAM (Collaborative Artist) – SURROGATE

Alika TENGANEVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI

* Ham TRANMAIKA

* Jean TSIEN (Producer) – FREE CHOL SOO LEE

* Taika WAITITITWO CARS, ONE NIGHT

Hu WEIBUTTER LAMP

Chenglin XIEMEAL ON THE PLATE

Eugene YIFREE CHOL SOO LEE

Rayka ZEHTABCHILONG LINE OF LADIES

Renee ZHANSOFT ANIMALS

Mengtai ZHANG (Lead Artist) – DIAGNOSIA


Following her father’s death, Ye Won hangs out with her friends, but her mind is elsewhere, in Bang Seung Hyeon’s GOODAFTERNOON SWEETDREAM, a Narrative Feature entry of the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Slamdance Film Festival)

Slamdance (Directors unless otherwise indicated)

All links go to the Slamdance Program pageclick on the respective categories to access info on the following films:

Abed ABESTKILLING THE EUNUCH KHAN

Sana AKRAM (Creator) – LITTLE PAKISTAN – FUTURE HISTORIES

BANG Seung HyeonGOODAFTERNOON SWEETDREAM

CHEN YufeiPATCH

Roy CHUNG (Producer) – RETURN OF THE ACTION MAN

Ethan ENGTHERAPY DOGS

Muhammad Heri FADLIJAMAL

Mahmoud GHAFFARIDOGGY LOVE

Fan HE (Producer) – WE ARE LIVING THINGS

Juan HUPATCH

Shiyu HUTSUGUMI

Wei HUANGPATCH

Grant HYUN (Producer) – NEW JACK

Hirotoshi IWASAKION TIME OFF TIME

Sohee KIMTERRAIN BEHIND THE EYES

Danny LEENEW JACK

Noah LEENEW JACK

Andrew K. LI (Producer) – WE ARE LIVING THINGS

Akane MURATAOPEN ONE’S MOUTH

Andrew NADKARNIACTUAL PEOPLE

Azadeh NAVAIGLADIOLUS

Kei OYAMA (Producer) – OPEN ONE’S MOUTH

Tee Jaehyung PARKWINTER INSECT, SUMMER FLOWER

* Rajee SAMARASINGHESHOW ME OTHER PLACES

Lily Ahree SIEGELTHE SPACE BETWEEN YOU & ME

Milad TANGSHIR (Creator) – HYDROCOSMOS

Dalena TRAN (Creator) – INCOMPLETE

Kenichi UGANAVISITORS

Jason WANG (Producer) ACTUAL PEOPLE

Cindy WU (Producer) – TSUGUMI

Putu YUDHISTIRA (Producer) – JAMAL

Kit ZAUHARACTUAL PEOPLE

The Magnificent #APAAustin Filmmakers at SXSW!

A scene from Dante Basco’s THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS (Photo: Courtesy the filmmakers)

We are no longer in (virtual) Park City, Utah, but in equally (virtual) Austin, Texas! The organizers of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience are pleased to celebrate a solid slate of works by Asian American and pacific Islander filmmakers that are premiering as part of the South by Southwest Film, Music, and Digital Media Festival and Conference, March 16 through 20, 2021. This stellar class of filmmakers offers proof that Asian American and Pacific Islander cinema is made ALL YEAR round. Check ’em out! And celebrate with them at our #APAAustin event here!

South-by-Southwest
ANONYMOUSRED TAXI
HANNAH BANGSOAK
WINNIE CHUNGWOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED:
A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR

DANTE BASCOTHE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS
MARTIN EDRALINISLANDS
KAYLA ABUDA GALANGLEARNING TAGALOG WITH KAYLA
SERHAT KARAASLANTHE CRIMINALS
SONIA KENNEBECKUNITED STATES VS. REALITY WINNER
KANG-MIN KIMKKUM
TRISTAN KIMRUN THAT SHIT!
CHRISTINA LEE (Showrunner) – MADE FOR LOVE
KAYLA YUMI LEWIS (Showrunner/Screenwriter) – PARKED IN AMERICA
STEPHANIE LIANGMADE FOR LOVE
MEI MAKINOINBETWEEN GIRL
CHOON PING NG (Co-Director) – FEMME
SHAL NGO (Co-Director) – THE BOX
ERICK OHOPERA
NASIM PEDRAD (Showrunner/Screenwriter) – CHAD
PERCOLATE GALACTICRENDANG OF DEATH
REZA RIAHINOVAZANDE, THE MUSICIAN
PAUL SNGPOLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ
NANFU WANGIN THE SAME BREATH
ELEANOR YU (Producer) – CONFRONTING A SERIAL KILLER
RAYKA ZEHTABCHI (Co-Director) – ARE YOU STILL THERE?
RENEE ZHANOH BLACK HOLE!

Texas High Schoolers
JESSICA LINBEYOND THE MODEL
SATVIK SHANKARHOLOGRAPHIC DREAMS
MANASI UGHADMATHEA REALLY DARK COMEDY

Music Video Competition
MISHA GHOSEWAITING FOR ME by Madame Ghandi
SAWAKO KABUKISOUTHPAW by Kuricorder Quartet
SAMAN KESHALGORITHM by Make-Up and Vanity Set
MADAME GHANDI (Screenwriter) – WAITING FOR ME by Madame Ghandi
HIRO MURAISAD DAY by FKA twigs
AASTHA SINGH (Screenwriter) – WAITING FOR ME by Madame Ghandi
WANG HAONAMBAT by Hedgehog
WANG HERON (Screenwriter) – BAT by Hedgehog

Virtual Cinema Showcase
HUANG HSIN-CHIENSAMSARA
JOÃO INADAUNDER THE SKIN
ERICK OHNAMOO
SO HYUNSOO (Screenwriter) – POISON
TSAU SAIAU-YUE (Producer) – SAMSARA
YI MEESOL (Co-Director) – POISON
COOPER SANGHYUN YOO (Co-Director) – POISON

Excellence in Title Design
JISHNU CHATTERJEE – SCAM 1992: THE HARSHAD MEHTA STORY

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…