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World Premiere of ‘The Tiger Hunter’ to Open the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

World Premiere of 'The Tiger Hunter' to Open the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece film programs for
the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration will be presented
across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 140 films from over 20 countries.
VC will celebrate 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind. The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of
Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 130 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from over 20
countries. For over three decades, the Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international artists.
Opening this year’s Festival at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo is the World Premiere of dramatic comedy “The Tiger Hunter” from an amazing new director Lena Khan. The film centers upon Sami Malik (Danny Pudi of NBC TVs – “Community”), a young South Asian man who travels to America to become an engineer in
order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami’s job unexpectedly falls
through and he ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates, he must resort to constructing an elaborate charade with the misfit accomplices
in hopes of convincing his sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is…or perhaps ever could be. As Sami tries to pull off the farce of a
lifetime, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a somewhat functional
Dodge Charger with a character of its own. Together, although their plans may contradict each other with terrible consequences, Sami and his rag-tag group
must work together while meeting the usual host of obstacles — the “usual,” that is, if back-alley brawls, trips to prison, or catastrophic LSD-related
misunderstandings are just your usual, everyday fare. The film also stars Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba.

Jonathan Hua Lang Lim’s powerful drama “Pali Road” starring Michelle Chen, Sung Kang, Elizabeth Sung and Jackson Rathbone will close out the eight – day film
extravaganza at the Directors Guild of America on April 28, 2016. “Pali Road” centers on Lily (Michelle Chen), a Chinese doctor doing her residency in a
Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Sung Kang). She had fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Jackson Rathbone) — at least this is what she remembers. But
after a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, that includes a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With
everyone around her denying Neil’s existence, Lily begins to question her own sanity, but memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her
past and discover the truth.
The LAAPFF Centerpiece offering this year is the moving and insightful documentary “Tyrus” from director Pamela Tom which brings the life of Chinese American
painter,production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder Tyrus Wong to the big screen. Wong is best known for his concept art for Walt Disney’s
feature animated film BAMBI. His strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and
production designers. “Tyrus” celebrates not only the beauty of his art, but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American
experience — that of its artists and creators.

“We are excited and proud to present these three films as our celebrations,” states VC Executive Director Francis Cullado. “Having Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” as our opening, Jonathan Lim’s “Pali Road” as our closing night, and Pamela Tom’s “Tyrus” as our centerpiece film certainly highlights the amount of
Asian American directorial talent out there. The big word this year in Hollywood has been ‘diversity’ and the Festival is one of the ways we address this
issue at Visual Communications and for our community. For us, it’s not just about diversity – it’s about inclusivity. We will be releasing more of the
Festival line up in the next week and everyone will be able to celebrate inclusion and diversity on the screen, as it should be.”
For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at
(213) 680-4462. Tickets are available to the general public on Monday, March 21st.
The Festival is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:
  • ●Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo

    244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • ●Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo

    111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • ●Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)

    251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • ●CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire

    621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • ●The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)

    1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021
  • ●Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood
  • 7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046

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