Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema

  • Wong Sinsaang (1971) by Eddie Wong
  • Cruisin' J-Town (1975) by Duane Kubo (pictured: Hiroshima)
  • City City (1974) by Duane Kubo & Donna Deitch
  • I Told You So (1974) by Alan Kondo

    December 4, 2011, 2:00pm
    Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213.617.1033

    Los Angeles Filmforum, Visual Communications, and the Downtown Independent present

    Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema

    Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 10

    At the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

    213.617.1033, downtownindependent.com

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    Info: www.lafilmforum.org and alternativeprojections.com

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    In the course of media art in Los Angeles, the late 1960s and 1970s brought a rise in the possibilities of media access for minority groups that generally did not have access to the tools of cinema or control of how they were presented in mass media. Much of this critical work came out of the EthnoCommunications program at UCLA, formed in 1968, which worked to bring in African American, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American students. The remarkable work of the African American students is the focus of the L.A. Rebellion series at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, also part of Pacific Standard Time. This program highlights the documentary-focused early years of Visual Communications (VC), an organization created by a group of visionary Asian American filmmakers, educators, and activists from the EthnoCommunications program.

    VC’s founders — Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong — incorporated the organization in 1970 on the heels of a groundbreaking photographic exhibition about Japanese American internment assembled by Nakamura and Ohashi entitled "America's Concentration Camps." (The modular exhibit, popularly referred to as "The Cubes Exhibit," is currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum as part of their show “Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles.”) The foursome envisioned Visual Communications as a filmmakers' collective that sought to re-represent the history and culture of Asian Pacific Americans, use media for social change, and train future generations of Asian Pacific American filmmakers. The first such organization in the United States, VC continues to engage in community-based filmmaking through training, education and filmmaker support initiatives, public screening and exhibitions programs including the annual Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film Festival, and film/video preservation activities. VC is also home to one of the largest repositories of photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America. http://www.vconline.org/

    In person: Robert Nakamura, Eddie Wong, Duane Kubo, and Alan Kondo!

    Co-presented by the Japanese American National Museum http://www.janm.org/

    Films to be Screened

    • Wong Sinsaang (1971) by Eddie Wong Wong Sinsaang (1971) by Eddie Wong

      Wong Sinsaang (1971, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12min.)
      Directed by Eddie Wong

      New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!
    • Manzanar (1971, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
      Directed by Robert Nakamura

      New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!
    • City City (1974) by Duane Kubo & Donna Deitch City City (1974) by Duane Kubo & Donna Deitch

      City City (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 11min.)
      Directed by Donna Deitch and Duane Kubo

      Preservation print courtesy of Visual Communications and the Academy Film Archive!
    • I Told You So (1974) by Alan Kondo I Told You So (1974) by Alan Kondo

      I Told You So (1974, 16mm, b/w, sound, 18min.)
      Directed by Alan Kondo

      Preservation print courtesy of Visual Communications and the Academy Film Archive!
    • Cruisin' J-Town (1975) by Duane Kubo and Donna Deitch Cruisin' J-Town (1975) by Duane Kubo and Donna Deitch

      Cruisin' J-Town (1975, 16mm, color, sound, 22min.)
      Directed by Duane Kubo

      Preservation print courtesy of Visual Communications and the Academy Film Archive!