ST. PAUL — The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans in a partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center presents the 2012 Eye See No Slant Asian Film Festival on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Intermedia Arts, 2828 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis. This event is free.
As part of CAPM’s Arts and Culture Heritage Series, Eye See No Slant Asian Film Festival was conceived as a platform for Asian Pacific Islander American filmmakers of all levels to show work that are still in various stages of development while still able to speak to each artist’s personal experiences.
The Festival will kick off with a series of short films by Minnesota-based filmmakers, directors, and writers, Bryan Vue, Oanh Vu, and Pete Wong. An educational panel featuring youth who’ve worked on various projects with In Progress, Asian Media Access, Asian Women United, and Gordon Parks is scheduled for 2:30pm in the gallery.
A light reception for filmmakers from CAPM’s 2012 Legacy Artist Fellowship will be held in the lobby at 7pm to celebrate their 6-month long journey. A Q&A with the fellows will follow the screening of their films – Joua Lee’s “Spirited,” Elijah Chhum’s “The Cambodian Beauty Project,” and Peter Yang’s “Hmong Men Series: My Dad the Mekong and Me, the Mississippi,”
The Festival is also featuring an Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Betrayal – Nerakhoon,” by New York-based Lao American filmmaker and writer, Thavisouk Prasavath and Ellen Kuras. The film chronicles a family’s journey, a “deeply personal, poetic, and emotional” work of love that spanned over 23 years. The Betrayal is an “epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War.” Another highlight for the evening is the screening of “The Debut,” co-written by California-based Filipino American filmmakers Gene Cajayon and John Castro. “The Debut” was given two thumbs up by respected film critic Roger Ebert and won the 2000 HIFF Audience Award for Best Feature Film, beating out heavily-favored Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film was also awarded Best Feature Film honors by the 2000 San Diego Asian Film Festival.
This event is not to be missed. Seating is limited and early arrival is strongly recommended.
In a partnership with The People’s Cook, CAPM invites the community to a delicious event featuring food and culture from the Filipino community on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Regla de Oro Gallery located on 3007 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Mero Cocinero Karimi has made a name for himself as the resident artist at Intermedia Arts for the past two years. Using his Open Kitchen model, he has helped to connect communities through the revolutionary act of sharing and feeding one another our culture, food, and stories.
This month, Mero Cocinero Karimi is teaming up with CAPM for Open Kitchen, Turo-Turo Style! It’s the final Open Kitchen of 2012, as the People’s Cook take a break for the winter. The evening’s theme: Turo-Turo Style, which literally translates from Tagalog to English to Point-point.
It’s all about choosing what you want to eat. Bring a dish from your culture that people will want to point to and eat. There will be a Lumpia contest so bring your Lumpia or egg rolls and challenge Mero Cocinero Karimi! Special guests will entertain guests as we all celebrate the end of the year and discuss how to make the holidays personally nourishing.
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotan events are funded with money from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund as voted by the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. If you have any questions please contact Saymoukda Vongsay at 651-757-1740 or[email protected].