Visual Communications' "V for Vuvuzela!" Short Film Series

August 2, 2010


You know, I've been an intern a few times in my life. I did things like fetch water for snooty publishing executives and once had to drive around town distributing promotional postcards for the movie Seasbiscuit (please, don't ask...).

One thing I sure as hell didn't get to do was curate a series of short films in the movie capital of the world. Such is the case for the lovely interns at Visual Communications who have selected a series of short films -- entitled "V for Vuvuzela!" -- to be screened at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles' Little Toyko as part of their Intern Screening Program.

Started in 2003, the program that began "as a means of sharing with the public their enthusiasm for the ongoing achievements of Asian Pacific Artists cinema artists -- has grown since its inception into a highly anticipated annual summertime event that draws fans of Asian Pacific American cinema both young and old." The series will feature films from this past year's LA Asian Pacific Film Festival as well as new works by local filmmakers. Proceeds will go toward youth programs and developing emerging talent.


Okay, jealousy is in check.


Event Details:

Thursday, Aug. 5, 8:00 PM

David Henry Hwang Theatre

120 Judge John Aiso Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For more information call (213) 680-4462 x34 or visit You may also visit the VC Facebook Fan Page by searching for “Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival” or follow VC on Twitter at


The lineup includes:

BRIDES WANTED by Michael Wong Jatesh

A 20-something Indian male must deal with his family and culture face on, in the matters of traditional arranged marriage customs. While he secretly dates girls against his parents’ wishes, his parents are heavily pursuing the perfect future daughter-in-law.

LOST TO LUCK by Wesley Chan

Feeling lost and unaccomplished, a young man spends a day to catch up with his younger sister. In their odd quest to find a "reincarnated" pet goldfish, the brother comes to see that he is not as alone and unlucky as he once thought.

JUNKO’S SHAMISEN by Solomon Friedman

A young Japanese orphan, and her mystical friend, exact poetic justice on a malevolent samurai lord.

RECESSION LEMONS by Kristina Wong and D’Lo

Times are tough for these two performance artists Kristina Wong and D'Lo... so tough that they actually need to go get jobs... like... real jobs.... Watch as they find real inspiration from Santa Monica's Christie Bickerstaff and Liz Pritchard (The Lemonade Girls) who got television press when they used their lemonade stand to network for their dream jobs.

TO GET A DATE by Jeannie Wong

After a failed marriage and several bad relationships, Jeannie Wong turns to her diverse group of friends to seek advice on how to get a date.

TELEVISNU by Prithi Gowda

A surreal tale of a young Indian woman who works at a call center. Her computer breaks down and in an attempt to fix it she falls into a magical, mythical web of electronic wires where memories, secrets, and hidden desires reveal themselves.

BLUE MOON DAY by Rachel Tejada

Set in the heart of Los Angeles's Chinatown, Jane is coping with a bad day, which she hopes will only get better.

SPOUT by Alex Munoz

A motherless young boy and his aunt react to his father's dubious choices in women, all presumably in line to replace his mum.

OLD MAN RAPS by Patricio Ginelsa

This music video collaboration between director Patricio Ginelsa and Filipino American hip-hop artist Bambu serves as the sequel to the award-winning music video, CROOKS AND ROOKS.


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.



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