The 29th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest kicks off on May 2, and runs through May 12. One of the premier destinations for Asian and Asian American Cinema, the Festival features more than 140 films and videos as well as a week of panels, workshops, special events and parties.
Highlights from this year’s Festival include:
• “Linsanity,” directed by Evan Jackson Leong. Fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Linsanity charts the magical run of Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, from his humble beginnings in Palo Alto, California, through his unforgettable 2012 run with the New York Knicks that captivated audiences worldwide.
• “A River Changes Course,” directed by Kalyani Mann. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, River is a powerful, intimate portrait of three young Cambodians – and a nation – navigating the country’s unresolved past, the challenges of its present day environmental and economic challenges, all the while, looking toward a brighter future.
• “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” directed by Arvin Chen. The second feature film from the director of the festival hit “Au Revoir Taipei” (2010), is a romantic dramedy that has won accolades from the Berlin to Tribeca Film Festivals. When straight-laced optometrist Weichung runs into an old friend from his gay past, his world is thrown off-course and through series of chance encounters, and family dramas, he is soon forced to choose between his wife and son, and a life that he can’t keep in the closet.