Visual Communications (VC), presenters of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), announced the complete lineup for the LAAPFFVIRTUAL SHOWCASE, a digital showcase of films and panels to unite with audiences during this unprecedented time. This online showcase will highlight artists whose stories are critical at this moment in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the current wave of increasing violence and racism against Asian Americans due to the virus.
This first time event begins this Friday, May 1st and will run through May 29 as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Joining the previously announced Opening Day Film ASIAN AMERICANS (Premiere of episodes 3 and 4), the showcase will close with a sneak preview of POV Miniseries AND SHE COULD BE NEXT ahead of its Premiere this Summer. The series, directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia, and Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay highlights the story of the movement of women of color who are transforming American politics.
The LAAPFF was slated to launch its 36th edition on April 30th, 2020 in theaters in Los Angeles. However, when local and state health authorities advised on minimizing the number of social gatherings due to COVID-19, VC decided to postpone the physical, in-theater screening events and focus on developing an online virtual experience. With everyone at home, this will enable the landmark festival to reach a national audience and all communities.
In addition, radical reaction to the virus has thrust the Asian Pacific American community directly into the spotlight with a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. Coupled with the month of May being Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the timing of this festival becomes even more important for the Asian Pacific Community and all communities across the nation.
The Festival will screen one film program per day starting at 8AM PT – 8PM PT, so that viewers can sign in at their leisure. Each day a filmmaker discussion will take place at 5PM PT online for viewers to hear first hand from these creatives.