May 5—The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is one of many projects produced by LA’s Visual Communications, nation’s oldest Asian American Media center in Little Tokyo. The festival this year screen a total of 160 films in 5 venues including Aratani/Japan American Theatre (244 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA90012) and Downtown Independence (the former Linda Lea Theater site, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA90012) and Tateuchi Democracy Forum (111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA90012).
Two UCLA EthnoCommunications studetns’ film will be screened at Aratani/Japan America Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5th. “We Are Able” (Jonathan F. Garcia & Kenny Nguyen) and “Left on Lockett Lane” (Jonathan Reinert).
“We Are Able” is a short documentary about how a Pilipino immigrant uses his experience of having a developmentally disabled sister to help build a community of support for other Pillipino families with special needs children.
“Left on Lockett Lane” is an autographical documentary in which a young man reflects on his experiences growing up in the Midwest as an Asian adoptee.
JONATHAN F. GARCIA is a first time filmmaker finishing up his M.S. in Computer Science at UCLA. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2005 and worked for almost 3 years at Sony Pictures Imageworks before returning to UCLA to attend graduate school. During his first year in graduate school, he enrolled in the EthnoCommunications course at UCLA in order to expand his knowledge of the production process in an environment promoting the documentation, preservation, and highlighting of unique ethnic cultures and experiences. From the EthnoCommunications course, WE ARE ABLE was conceived: his first video documentary.
KENNY NGUYEN is originally from San Jose, California, but now resides in Los Angeles. He is a recent graduate from UCLA, attaining degrees in Asian American Studies and Film, Television, and Digital Media. He has directed and acted on several UCLA productions such as ?Labors of Love? and ?A New Tomorrow.? He is continuing his passion for acting and directing. He wants to do work that promotes Asian American consciousness and hopes to be an empowering representative of the Asian American community.
Jonathan Reinert was born in Tuguegarao, Phillipines. At three and half years old of age, he was adopted into a German American family in 1987. Jonathan lived in Kirkwood, Missouri for 15 years before leaving to attend college in Chicago. He graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Art and Art History and a concentration in video performance art. Currently, Jonathan is finishing his last two quarters as graduate student in Asian American Studies at UCLA.