Our Picks For The 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

The Annual Gather-up of Los Angeles Asians in Entertainment is upon us.

I mean, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Starting tomorrow, from April 27 to May 4, the LAAPFF will showcase a week of films from the opening of Better Luck Tomorrow for its 15th anniversary, the centerpiece Gook starring Justin Chon, the closing film Columbus with John Cho as the romantic lead, and a whole slew of shorts and features in between.

To be exact, there are 45 features and 139 shorts to choose from. Here are the few select ones that have caught my attention as Josephine Chang and I will cover the festival:

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R.I.P. Francis Tsai

Last night, the SIUniverse family was rocked when we learned we had lost one of our own. Francis Tsai, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, passed away after a long battle with the disease — just one week after celebrating his 46th birthday. In 2009, Francis became part of the SIUniverse by illustrating the story “Taking Back Troy” in the first Secret Identities volume. Though ALS slowly took away his ability to draw with his hands, he never let the disease stop him from creating art. First, he trained himself to draw using his feet, and when that was taken from him, he pioneered special technology using his eyes to create art.

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Unidentified is Now Available to Own on DVD/Digital

233We talked about it last week, but today is the day you can own the creepy and comedic sci-fi thriller Unidentified on DVD and digital. Just click here to find out all the different ways you can purchase or download the movie for yourself.

In the meantime, we’re going to be giving away a 19” x 13” collage, color print of the Jodieman Universe of characters drawn and signed by the artist Jerry Ma! If you’re lucky, maybe we’ll get Parry and Eddie to sign it too!

All you have to do is RT the following tweet, and if we can get to 100 retweets, we’ll send the print to one of our lucky followers.

Check out the synopsis itself after the jump, as well as the official trailer and a special behind-the-scenes peek at one of the signature moments of the movie.

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Making Unidentified with Parry Shen & Jason Miller

Unidentified_Poster_Large_10_01_13The Hard N.O.C. Life is back just in time to bring you a behind-the-scenes peek into Unidentified, a brand new sci-fi movie that will be hitting store shelves and digital libraries everywhere on Tuesday, February 11.

After a brief hiatus, Keith (@the_real_chow) is back with fellow N.O.C. Junko (@GoJunko) and special guests from Unidentified writer/producer/director Jason Miller (@Jason_R_Miller) and star/writer/producer Parry Shen (@ParryShen). As always, the trusty Nelson Wong (@aarisings) is back to make sure everything’s running smoothly on the show.

The movie will be released on multiple platforms this Tuesday, including DVD, iTunes, and On Demand. And be on the lookout for news about a special Unidentified-related giveaway next week too!

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Remembering Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie is one of the most important figures in the history of the comic book industry. Perhaps that’s hyperbole, but I don’t think so. I know that his work has left an indelible mark on me, and the world is a lesser place without him in it.

I didn’t know Dwayne McDuffie personally. I only met him once. Briefly. It was in San Diego in 2009. The fellas (Jerry Ma, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen) and I were at Comic-Con to promote Secret Identities. Dwayne was on a panel moderated by Jeff, and the five of us were able to chat for a bit afterwards.

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Unidentified: Coming Soon to a Roadtrip Near You…

Last week, the movie Unidentified was screened to a select audience of family and friends in Los Angeles. This movie was a two-years-in-the-making-shoe-string-budget-labor-of-love that began with producer/star Eddie Mui‘s bizarre dreams, then expanded into a full fledged movie when Eddie brought producer/star Parry Shen and writer/director Jason Richard Miller on board.

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Secret Identities Revealed

Six years ago this month, five people gathered in a Brooklyn living room to pore through stacks of manuscripts and art portfolios in order to decide on what to include in a little project that would eventually go on to be known as Secret Identities.

To commemorate the occasion, Keith (@the_real_chow) welcomes his SIUniverse partners Jeff Yang (@originalspin), Jerry Ma (@epicprops), Jef Castro (@pointnquestion) — and a special cameo appearance by Parry Shen (@parryshen) — to reminisce about Secret Identities and Shattered

Look for SIUniverse to represent on both coasts next week as Keith and Jerry will be holding it down at New York Comic-Con (BOOTH 2010!) and Jeff will be in Los Angeles for the opening of Marvels and Monsters at the Japanese American National Museum.

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