normal. is the most realistic film that I’ve seen during my time at LAAPFF. There’s almost a cinéma vérité-type of reality to the film—where even the most smallest conversations have painfully real awkward flourishes in them that scrub away any witty banter that usually define film dialogue. Director Mragendra Singh captures the banality and frustration […]
There’s no doubt that Doris Yeung‘s The Ugly Model is a documentary that tackles a difficult subject matter, but it seems to have lost its way somewhere between its conception and its execution. Doubling as an exposé of the demasculization of Asian American males as well as a semi-biography on its subject, Korean American adoptee […]
In this genre-spanning film, director Minh Duc Nguyen brings the magic of moviemaking to his backyard of Garden Grove, CA. Actress Wanted follows struggling actress Mai (Thien Nguyen) as she takes on an acting job that seems perfect for her—to recreate an older Vietnamese man’s (Long Nguyen) most cherished memories by acting as a stand-in […]
We talked to director Justin Chon during LAAPFF about his film, 'Ms. Purple'