A Few Selected from this Year’s Asian Pacific Film Fest in L.A. By Garrett Hoo

The 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) which began April 28 – May 7, 2011 at the Director’ s Guild of America (DGA), Laemmle’ s Sunset 5 Theatres, and the CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown was presented by Visual Communications (VC), the nation’ s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center. As Southern […] Click to read more »

Timely Film “Ilegales” (Ilegals) Opens at the Latino International Film Festival

Just as U.S. District Judge, Susan Bolton put on hold many of the controversial provisions to the Arizona immigration law, which is to take effect at midnight July 29th, the new film, “Ilegales” opens today at The New York Latino International Film Festival. The timing could not be more appropriate for this film which takes […] Click to read more »

A Closer Look: SF’s and L.A.’s GLBT film festivals heat up with Latin spice by Kevin M. Thomas

San Francisco’s GLBT film festival has a definite Latin flavor this year – with a lot of quality entries from South America. Two of these films will also be featured at L.A.’s OUTFEST from July 8th – 18th. One standout is “Elvis & Madona,” screening June 19 at the Castro in SF at 4pm. After […] Click to read more »

San Francisco’s LGBT Film Festival: Calling it diverse is an understatement by Kevin M. Thomas

Gays, lesbians, trannys and bears –  they’re all covered at this year’s  SF LGBT film festival. Tickets for the Frameline 34 Film Festival go on sale this Friday. The festival itself runs from June 17-27. With about 220 movies representing 31 countries, there is truly something for everyone – 32 transgender films, nine African American, […] Click to read more »

Bening, Watts and Washington Shine in Rodrigo Garcia’s New Film “Mother and Child” that Looks at the Complexities of Adoption By Steve V. Rodriguez

“They were the cast that I wanted and they really exceeded my expectations,” said Director and Writer, Rodrigo Garcia about his three leading ladies (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) for the new film, “Mother And Child” which opens May 7th. The film centers around these three women and how adoption has profoundly affected […] Click to read more »

“La Mission” Pays Tribute to the Mission District in SF While Grappling with the Machismo Male

Written and Directed by Peter Bratt and starring Peter’s brother, Benjamin Bratt, “La Mission” tells the  story of Che Rivera, a MUNI bus driver, former inmate and recovering alcoholic, who builds low rider cars. Che loves his son, Jes, an academic achiever he has raised on his own. Then he finds out Jes is gay, […] Click to read more »