With this edition of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience, organizers have declared a cautious but confident return to in-person engagement with our latest foray into the wild, wild city of Austin, Texas — home to the South by Southwest Conference and Film, Interactive, and Music Festivals. As we move forward (vaxx’d up, masked up) from the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic, we pivot once again, from a virtual celebration and centering of our Asian American and Pacific Islander cinematic artists back to an in-person celebration platform, we continue celebrating our communities’ artists whose debuts at SXSW affirms once again the power of our cinematic visions and voices. We’re not out of the woods yet — COVID hasn’t yet gone away, and lest anyone has forgotten, SXSW takes place in TEXAS, a state that can’t seem to get out of its own way when it comes to attacks on civil liberties, let alone physical acts of violence against persons of Asian descent. Despite all this, we proudly join with our filmmakers and partners in realizing a safer, saner, and yes, a more egalitarian movie-watching and filmmaker celebratory experience.
With that, the organizers of the Experience continue our eighteenth year, and our third presentation of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Austin. Through a series of online chats, discussions, and partnerships among a broad range of constituents throughout the Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmaking community, we continue to CELEBRATE and CENTER our communities’ cinematic artists.
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