The API Heritage Festival on May 5 a ways back went well. I personally lugged some fresh copies of my new zine, Bamboo Girl #11, from my printer in Williamsburg the day before, determined to present them at my Bamboo Girl booth the next day. I think the cover of the issue with the medusa muslim lady with bamboo hair was particularly enticing.

Time is flying by so fast. I'm in my 2nd trimester (no bun in the oven, unless you include my being in school as an emerging nesting experience.) Studying and memorizing herbs and points in their pin yin, english, and latin. Whew! But diggin it.

Bonded recently with a sister from Chicago, had a great time connecting and realizing that there are women out there who are likewise active and fierce, and not afraid to challenge the popular idea, possibly self-alienating ideas. Learning to laugh at people who think I've "sold out" for getting married, assuming I've "lost my fire" after doing so, which is the most fucking ridiculous notion. I don't need to display my tats to prove fierceness, use "fuck you" as my automatic response to assholes, though it may sometimes be appropriate, as there are folks who won't get a clue unless you hit them on the head with a non-passive response like that, though there are various options to conveying non-passive statements. But then there's the idea of choosing your battles, as I would definitely be making another trip to the ward if I were to address every jerk on the street, at my day job, at functions, in regular interactions - my mouth would be flappin' 24 hours/day, and I just don't have the desire to waste my precious time!

Lots of observing, people watching. spring cleaning, cleaning out things I don't need in my life, including those folks who prove toxic. It's enough to deal with the pressure of oversexualized images on the screen and in immediate reality, college girls gone wild, Britney, that I'm not enough of a girl if my ass don't hang out and my chest spilling out of my bra. I choose to celebrate my voluptuousness in other ways...

VC FILMFEST 2002: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival
is proud to present...

Selected works by Pilipino/a and Pilipino/a American Artists

Check it Out:

V I d e o

Lolo's Child (Canada, 2002)
Director: Romeo Candido
After a two-year exile, Junior comes home to bury his father, to bury his
childhood and to bury the memories that drove him away. He discovers that
his absence has left his old world unaffected. Jason, his childhood nemesis,
his longtime love Sarah and his history of abuse and anguish all remain as
he left it . unresolved. It's mad drama. Through experimental cinematography
and music, director Romeo Candido shares the memories, the painful process
of self-discovery, and the one thing that will carry Junior through.
Narrative Feature Video, 82 minutes

Memories of a Forgotten War (United States/Philippines, 2001)
Director: Camilla Benolirao Griggers, Sari Lluch Dalena
Most people remember Vietnam, but many have no recollections of the war in
the Philippines. Between 1899 and 1913, 1.5 million Filipinos died, yet few
remember any details of the war or why it was fought. Memories of a
Forgotten War retells this overlooked chapter in world history from the
point of view of the granddaughter of a U.S. cavalry soldier and Filipina
seamstress. Archival photographs and film, together with reenactments of
actual events-using amateur actors who are the actual descendants of war
violence--are beautifully choreographed, with original music score by Grace
Nono. Shot on location in Vigan and Jolo, the film sheds light on the
history of the current conflict in the Southern Philippines.
Documentary Feature Video, 60 minutes

F I l m

Roberta Loved (United States, 2002)
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
A seemingly unattractive woman with an incurable disease revels in an
evening of pleasure and intimacy with the only person who would truly love
her-a male gigolo-for-hire.
Narrative Short Film, 22 minutes

V I d e o

Balut (United States, 2001)
Director: Michelle Mondia
The Philippines' true national delicacy is definitely an acquired taste.
Documentary Short Video, 5 minutes

Boy (United States, 2002)
Director: Michelle Yap Dizon
A family reacts in curious-and shocking-ways to a cousin who is mentally
Documentary Short Video, 5 minutes

Dance Dance Evolution (United States, 2001)
Director: Alex Cordero
Dance Master Mar waxes philosophical on the revolution that's sweeping the
Documentary Short Video, 5 minutes

Games People Play, The (United States, 2002)
Director: Jun
In this experimental short, queer context can be defined from even the most
everyday activity.
Documentary Short Video, 5 minutes

Lumpia [trailer] (United States 2002)
Director: Patricio Ginelsa Jr., Arthur James Calomay
In this kinetic trailer for a soon-to-be-released feature production, a
silent and lumpia-eating avenger protects a pack of teenagers from thugs.
Narrative Short Video, 3 minutes

Mannequin Hands (United States/Philippines, 2001)
Director: Joselito B. Torres
A young boy who grows to manhood loses his innocence and faith.
Narrative Short Video (originated on 16mm), 7 minutes

Second Sky (United States, 2001)
Director: Irene Soriano
A documentary portrait of the filmmaker's father.
Documentary Short Video, 5 minutes

She (United States, 2001)
Director: Mark Robert Bella
From casual observation to intimate voyeurism, our protagonist seeks to get
closer to a beautiful woman whom he does not know.
Experimental Short Video, 7 minutes

Sierra Hwy. (United States, 2002)
Director: Ralph Buado
Recent newlyweds chase the American Dream, but instead taste bitter fruit.
Narrative Short Video, 5 minutes

Staccato Fugue (United States, 2000)
Director: TeoCarlo Pulgar
A strange man takes a haunting journey through the city, hearing disjointed
voices that reveal the poignancy of everyday life. The immediacy of a
woman's suffering propels him forward to discover its meaning.
Experimental Short Video, 18 minutes

Two Minutes to Death (United States, 2001)
Director: Don DeLeon
A string of traumatic events leaves one woman no option but to kill.
Narrative Short Video, 2 minutes

For more information, including showtimes and locations, visit the VC
FILMFEST 2002 website: www.vconline.org/filmfest.

Tickets: $9 general admission
$7 students/seniors/members of Visual Communications, DGA, JACCC, IFP-West
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