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Asian Cinevision to run bi-monthlly screening series

02.16 - Posted by Editor
Asian Cinevision to run bi-monthlly screening series
Asian CineVision (ACV) bucks rumors of its demise with the announcement of a bi-monthly series of Asian and Asian American film screenings at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The official press release follows. Or click here for condensed information about the March 1 screening.
Asian CineVision (ACV), The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and NewFilmmakers are proud to present NewAsianFilmmakers, a bi-monthly film series spotlighting the newest and best in Asian and Asian American cinema, exclusively at Anthology Film Archives, located at 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street) in Manhattan.
    NewAsianFilmmakers kicks off with a special reception on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 5:30 PM, followed by the NewAsianFilmmakers Short Film Program and the NewAsianFilmmakers Feature Presentation of the 1999 Filipino Academy Award winner for Best Picture, LEA'S STORY, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chito S. Rono (Nasaan ang puso, Dahas). The Short Film Program will feature THE #7 TRAIN: AN IMMIGRANT JOURNEY, the 1999, 29 minute documentary by Hye Jung Park & J. T. Takagi. Tickets for the NewAsianFilmmakers kickoff are $15 and available at the Anthology Film Archives box office, (212) 505-5110.
    NewAsianFilmmakers will be a continuing bi-monthly movie series that showcases the films of celebrated and emerging Asian and Asian American directors from around the world. In addition to covering a wide range of countries and genres, NewAsianFilmmakers will also highlight rare films by renowned directors, career retrospectives and sneak previews of theatrical releases. All NewAsianFilmmakers screenings will take place at the Anthology Film Archives beginning March 1, 2000, and then on the second Wednesday of every other month. The evening will begin with a NewFilmmakers Reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres served at 5:30 PM, the NewAsianFilmmakers Short Film Program at 7:00 PM and the NewAsianFilmmakers Feature Presentation at 8:00 PM.
    LEA'S STORY, based on Lualhati Bautista's award-winning novel "Bata, bata paano ka ginawa," tells the story of Lea, a strong and independent woman who defiantly rejects social conventions to live life on her own terms. Lea, a woman's rights activist and single mother of two, struggles desperately to provide for her children by working at a woman's crisis center. Soon her job and romance with a co-worker are threatened when her estranged husband comes back into Lea's life, accusing her of neglect and abuse.
    Last year, LEA'S STORY swept the Filipino Academy Awards by winning Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director. It stars the Philippines' top actress and actor, Vilma Santos and Raymond Bagatsing respectively.
    Each day, 500,000 people from 117 different countries ride the bright red subway train that runs from Flushing to Times Square. Winding its way through Queens, the most ethnically diverse region in the U.S., THE NO. 7 TRAIN follows four immigrant passengers: a Korean who works in a Harlem fish store, Otavalen street vendors in Chinatown, and a gay Pakistani fabric salesman on Fifth Avenue. Their lives and their conflicted relationships with the city and its other residents are juxtaposed with the subway they take each day to get to Manhattan and their dreams for the future.
    Asian CineVision, Inc. is a not-for-profit national media arts center dedicated to the development of the Asian American film and video arts. Founded in 1976, Asian CineVision's year round activities include major exhibitions in film and video, media production, publications, and training workshops. Asian CineVision is the presenter of the annual Asian American International Film Festival, the country's first and oldest Asian and Asian American film showcase, now in its 23rd year.
    NewFilmmakers, the country's only year-round film festival, gives independent filmmakers the chance to show their work directly to the public and New York audiences the opportunity to see outstanding new films and videos. Established in March 1998, NewFilmmakers screens every Wednesday of the year and is one of the few festivals in America that is administered entirely by filmmakers.
    The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) began in 1991 as a non-profit organization to promote open discussions of issues concerning Asian Pacifics in the industry, networking and other means of professional advancement and a positive, accurate image of Asian Pacifics in the entertainment media. With chapters in LA and New York, CAPE now counts 300 active members with a mailing list of more than 700 names worldwide.
Screening cassettes, press kits and stills are available.
    Press Contacts: Alvin Eng, 718.359.7374, alvineng@aol.com, or Vivian Huang at 212.222.4167, magritte_xyz@yahoo.com


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