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5th Annual Houston Asian Pacific American Film Festival
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When: 9/26/2009
2:00 PM
Where: 9999 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, American First National Bank  77036
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2:00pm Panel Discussion: The APA Image in Media
2:45pm Hollywood Chinese a film by Arthur Dong
4:30pm Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority a film by Kimberlee Bassford

Saturday, 2:00pm -  5:30pm
American First National Bank

2:00pm Panel Discussion: The APA Image in Media

   James Hong, Actor
   Debbie Quan, Producer/Director
   Irwin Tang, Screenwriter/Author

   David Y. Liu, Festival Co-Chair

The panel will discuss current and historical media stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans for the audience to consider the nature and purpose of these stereotypes as well as their historical, psychological, and economic roots. The panel will discuss the effects of stereotypes both on media itself and Americans in general; panel members will forecast the future of Asian American roles in mass media and popular culture.

James Hong autographed copies of Hollywood Chinese will be available for purchase at $30 each. Limited quantity. To Pre-Order, contact or 713.446.8430

2:45pm Hollywood Chinese a film by Arthur Dong

Hollywood Chinese is a captivating revelation on a little-known chapter of cinema: the Chinese in American feature films. From the first Chinese American film produced in 1916, to Ang Lees triumphant Brokeback Mountain almost a century later, Hollywood Chinese brings together a fascinating portrait of actors, directors, writers, and iconic images to show how the Chinese have been imagined in movies, and how filmmakers have and continue to navigate an industry that was often ignorant about race, but at times paradoxically receptive.

Hollywood Chinese is produced, directed, written, and edited by Academy Award nominee and triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong (Licensed to Kill, Coming Out Under Fire, Forbidden City, USA), and presents eleven of the industrys most accomplished Chinese and Chinese American film artists who share personal accounts of working in film. Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Wayne Wang (Chan is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke), Joan Chen (The lLast Emperor, Saving Face, XiuXiu, Autmn in New York-the latter two as director), David Henry Hwang (Possession, Golden Gate, M. Butterfly), Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), B.D. Wong (Father of the Bride, Jurassic Park, Mulan), Nancy Kwan (The World of Suzie Wong, Flower Drum Song), Lisa Lu (The Last Emperor, The Joy Luck Club), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner), Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) are among the storytellers who have wrestled with being the other in Hollywood.

4:30pm Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority a film by Kimberlee Bassford

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, is a one-hour documentary about the late U.S. Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink. Mink was the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress, where she served for 24 years. A tireless champion for gender equity, she co-authored Title IX, later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, the legislation that opened up higher education and athletics for women. 

Produced by Kimberlee Bassford, an award-winning independent filmmaker and owner of Making Waves Films LLC, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority is the first documentary to explore the life and times of Congresswoman Minkfrom her childhood on a Maui sugar plantation to her years in Congress as a champion for women, children, families and workers. Patsys story captures the spirit of a generation of trailblazing women and shows that one personarmed with vision, drive, and perseverancecan make a difference, said Bassford.

Hosted by OCA Greater Houston Chapter
Sponsored by:
Crown Mark, Inc.
MZR Group
Special Thanks to:
Deep Focus Productions, Inc.
Making Waves Films LLC
Tony Lam Films and Q & A Pictures

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