Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

#LAAPFF15 Presents West Coast premiere of KTOWN COWBOYS at the Aratani Theatre on April 25

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Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, is presenting the 31st edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 23-30, 2015. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 134 films from over 20 countries. 

VC proudly celebrates 31 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 more than 3,700 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international artists.  This year, a total of 134 films comprised of 32 feature films and 102 shorts will be showcased throughout the eight-day fest.

KTOWN_COWBOYSCROPThe Festival Centerpiece Presentation of the West Coast premiere of KTOWN COWBOYS from the talented Daniel Park takes us back to Los Angeles’ K-Town, home of designer hotels, noraebangs, Korean BBQ joints and more.  Park’s award winning web series by the same name is now a full length feature, and reunites that fun loving crew of young bucks trolling the bars and cafes and hangouts of LA’s Koreatown including Jason (Shane Yoon), Sunny (Sunn Wee), Peter (Peter Jae), Danny (Danny Cho) and Robby (Bobby Choy) back together again. The cast also features Eric Roberts, Steve Byrne, Kim Young Chul,  Simon Rhee, Sean Dulake, and Daniel Dae Kim. KTOWN COWBOYS will screen Saturday, April 25 at 8PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC,  244 South San Pedro Street in Los Angeles, CA. A second screening is on April 29th at 9:15pm at CGV Cinemas 1, 621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005. Click here for tickets to the premiere and here for tickets for April 29.

Bio

The creative director of Transparent Agency, Daniel “DPD” Park is responsible for the creative direction of recording artists, Far East Movement (Like a G-­‐6, Rocketeer), conducting brand management and directing premier talents such as Snoop Dogg, LMFAO, YG, Tyga, Sidney Samson, Frank Ocean, Macy Gray, and the hit web series “Ktown Cowboys.”

Director’s Statement

I was born in Koreatown, Los Angeles. My parents immigrated to the States with $700 in their pockets and minimal understanding of English; Ktown provided a familiar community. Although we eventually moved out of Ktown, my grandparents, my friends and my heart remained there. Years of living and hanging out there have given me my best memories. KTOWN COWBOYS started off as a web series. Danny Cho and I wanted to recreate some of our best stories of just being in the community. We loved the idea and we were thrilled when so many people got behind it, so you can imagine how surprised we were when we were given a chance to make a feature out of it. KTOWN COWBOYS the movie at the core still stays true to what the web series was all about – a group of guys being guys in Koreatown. But what I really wanted to do with the movie was to expand the world to a broader audience. I made sure we included all of the mystery and exoticness that makes Ktown so interesting to me, but as seen through the eyes of universally relatable characters. It’s about the camaraderie of a group of friends who are facing life events that force them to grow up. I’ve been asked numerous times whether there’s an unsaid pressure to deliver some profound message, in an American film with an all Asian cast. Ultimately I think it’s most important to not think about that and stay true to the story I know. All I can do is share my experience… hopefully I’ve done that. Along the way we continued to receive a ton of support from other Asian-American actors, industry professionals, and the people we regularly see in our favorite spots. We had a demanding shoot schedule but we were able to pull it off because of the hard work of the cast and crew, and also because of the Ktown community pulling together to make it happen with us. This truly is a love letter to the town I love so much and I hope everyone can enjoy the uniqueness of Ktown along with me.

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 x59.  Tickets are on sale now. 

The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment; GOLD: Directors Guild of America; Nielsen; SILVER: HBO; BRONZE: FilmLA; Creative DCP; SAG Indie; STAR: Modern VideoFilm; Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Union Bank; Writers Guild of America/West; Yu & Co.; VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; KPFK – FM; LA-18 KSCI; LA Weekly; MYX TV; Yelp; GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Arts Council; Cal Humanities; FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Weingart Foundation; Parsons Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Sony Pictures Entertainment;  RECEPTION: Asahi; Kirin; LA-18 KSCI; Stella Artois; Ketel One; MYXTV; IN KIND: Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18; HBO; Red Giant.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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