By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE AWARD WINNERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“THE HOUSE OF SUH” AND “LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES” TAKE TOP JURY HONORS AT  2011 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Awards for Fiction Favorite go to “RAKENROL” Directed by Quark Henares and for Documentary Favorite to “AMONG B-BOYS” Directed by Christopher Woon

May 5, 2011 – LOS ANGELES   The 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrated the closing night of their 27th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with the screening of the Taiwanese romantic comedy “LOVE IN DISGUISE” by Leehom Wang and the announcement of this year’s jury prizes.

Filmmaker Ian Gamazon took home both the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction Film and Outstanding Director award for his film “LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES,” while actors Eric Mabius, Fernando Noriega, Will Yun Lee and Luke Brandon Field were singled out with a Best Ensemble Acting Award for their performances in “WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN” directed by Mun Chee Yong.

Other narrative film awards given out included Outstanding Screenplay to writer/director Stephane Gauger for “SAIGON ELECTRIC;” Outstanding Cinematography to Gavin Kelly for “WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN;” and a Special Jury Award for Breakout  Performance by a New Actor to Ryan Greene for his role in “ONE KINE DAY.”

First time filmmaker Byron Q received the Best First Film Award for his dramatic “BANG BANG.”

The winning audience favorite awards went to “RAKENROL” from Quark Henares for fave fiction film and to “AMONG B-BOYS” from Christopher Woon for favorite documentary.

In the documentary jury competition, “THE HOUSE OF SUH” from Iris K. Shim received both the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Non-Fiction Film and the Outstanding Director Award.

“ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY” directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns also took home two awards for Outstanding Cinematography to Jason Woodford and for Outstanding Editing to Chiba Stearns.

The jury awarded a Special Jury Prize for Human Rights to “FINDING FACE” directed by Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan which chronicles the details of the controversial case of rising star Tat Marina who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999.

Short films this year were in abundance with 148 shorts being screened at the festival.  The film “TEAMWORK” from Hong Seo Yun was the recipient of the Golden Reel Award, while Soham Mehta was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions award for his film “FIRECRACKER.”

The 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicked off on April 28 with the Justin Lin action film “FAST FIVE” and has seen record-breaking attendance and multiple sold out shows throughout the past seven days.  The Fest will conclude May 6 and May 7 with encore screenings of award winners along with the Los Angeles premiere of “BANGKOK KNOCKOUT” from Thailand and the Sundance/Berlin Film Festival favorite “BOY” from Taika Waititi at the CGV Cinemas in KoreaTown, Los Angeles.  CGV Cinemas are located at 621 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90005.  This amazing venue is situated north of Wilshire Boulevard in K-Town.

Sponsors of the 2011 LAAPPFF include:

PREMIERE – Directors Guild of America; CGV Theaters; PLATINUM – Coca-Cola; NBC Universal / Comcast; Wells Fargo; GOLD – Toyota; Solair; SILVER – Verizon Wireless; Sony Pictures Entertainment; BRONZE – CBS Diversity; SAG; SAG Indie; STAR – Motion Pictures Editors Guild; Writers Guild of America, west; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Boeing; California Bank & Trust; Taipei Economic & Cultural Office; Ketel One; Shiftboard; AWARDS – Entertainment Partners; RECEPTION – Solair; Kyochon Chicken; Jinro; LA18 KSCI-TV; Stella Artois; Ketel One; Madang the Courtyard; Candy Chef; MEDIA SPONSORS – AngryAsianMan.com; LA 18 KSCI-TV; MNet; Glocal; LAWeekly; GOVERNMENT SUPPORT – National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission;  Department of Cultural Affairs/City of Los Angeles; FOUNDATION SUPPORT -California Community Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; C3 SPONSORS – California Arts Council; SAG Producers-Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is the Southland’s premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific cinema.  Since 1983, the Film Festival has presented over 3400 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards.

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, was established in 1970. The organization has established a lengthy track record of pioneering achievements in producing, presenting, and preserving more honest and accurate representations of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America. Visual Communications is also recognized as an incubator of emerging Asian Pacific American cinematic talent. The organization’s works have been exhibited in numerous venues and broadcast outlets around the world.  The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

2011 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

Documentary Feature:

Grand Jury Award, Documentary

THE HOUSE OF SUH

Directed by IRIS K. SHIM and Produced by GERRY KIM

Special Jury Award, Documentary: Outstanding Director

IRIS K. SHIM

THE HOUSE OF SUH

Special Jury Award, Documentary: Outstanding Cinematography

JASON WOODFORD

ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY

Special Jury Award, Documentary: Outstanding Editing

JEFF CHIBA STEARNS

ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY

Special Jury Prize for Human Rights

FINDING FACE

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan

Narrative Feature:

Grand Jury Award, Narrative Feature

LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES

Directed by Ian Gamazon and Produced by Quynn Ton

Special Jury Award, Narrative: Outstanding Director

IAN GAMAZON

LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES

Special Jury Award, Narrative: Outstanding Screenplay

STEPHANE GAUGER

SAIGON ELECTRIC

Special Jury Award, Narrative: Outstanding Cinematography

GAVIN KELLY

WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN

Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best Ensemble Acting

ERIC MABIUS, FERNANDO NORIEGA, WILL YUN LEE and LUKE BRANDON FIELD

WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN

Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best First Feature

BANG BANG

Directed by BYRON Q

Special Jury Award – Breakout Performance for New Actor

RYAN GREENE

ONE KINE DAY – Directed by Chuck Mitsui

Short Film:

Festival Golden Reel Award

TEAMWORK

Directed by HONG SEO YUN

Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award

FIRECRACKER

Directed by SOHAM MEHTA

AUDIENCE AWARDS:

NARRATIVE FILM

RAKENROL

Directed by QUARK HENARES

DOCUMENTARY FILM

AMONG B-BOYS

Directed by Christopher Woon

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Scene from LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES – A film by Ian Gamazon

THE HOUSE OF SUH – A film by Iris K. Shim

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