Back On The Ground

So many things have happened in the three months since I last blogged here, but with the 26th edition of the Film Festival nearly upon us, I can now look back and assess where my travels have taken me. I promise, before the Festival begins on April 29, I’ll recap what’s happened, what went down, and who did what to whom. It’ll all be good, … Continue reading Back On The Ground

Rethinking “Best-Of” Lists

In spite of my sense of self-preservation, I write this entry as I am viewing screeners in a dark kitchen somewhere in Salt Lake City, Utah instead of the comforts of the Visual Communications offices in downtown L.A. Indeed, I am back to help organize another edition of the APA Filmmakers Experience Reception, an annual event that we put together along with other APA media … Continue reading Rethinking “Best-Of” Lists

2000s: Need to Sum Up?

The invitation came to me one day not long ago as I was conducting some important networking tasks on my Facebook account — a filmmaker friend of mine was soliciting from me a “top ten” list of what I considered to be the most important Chinese language films of the past decade. In the official invitation that accompanied the message, the list, to be culled … Continue reading 2000s: Need to Sum Up?

Appraising the Virtual Cineplex

While traipsing around the film festival circuit the past few weeks, I caught the public unveiling of a new website,, while attending the Hawaii International Film Festival. The brainchild of Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, formerly the founding executive director of HIFF and a founder of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (or NETPAC for short), is basically an online cineplex, loaded with … Continue reading Appraising the Virtual Cineplex

The Changing (Inter)face of Festivals

It’s a couple of weeks away from the American Film Market, and I’m busy crossing the Pacific Ocean (both literally and figuratively) in my ongoing search for works to program into next year’s Film Festival. Some of the works I’ve encountered are quite exceptional, others a bit disappointing, and a couple of them, appallingly bad. As for me, an entire fortnight of random observations and … Continue reading The Changing (Inter)face of Festivals

Back Out On the Road

It’s a Tuesday evening here at Visual Communications, and in a couple of days I’ll be boarding a plane bound for British Columbia to begin the annual trek across both sides of the Pacific to scour the international film festival circuit for intriguing and audacious (not to mention, excellent and crowd-pleasing) selections for the 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It’s … Continue reading Back Out On the Road

Hello World!

The first blog entry on this online diary (an auto-generated one, I might add) came with the title, “Hello world!” Much like those announcement one gets these days when new baby pictures show up in one’s in-box, this is a new diary that attempts to document my thoughts and observations on the long journey to the 26th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film … Continue reading Hello World!