UCLA Asian American Studies Center 50th Anniversary Film Festival


March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 concerns continue, we regret to inform you that we are postponing the remaining two weekends of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center 50th Anniversary Film Festival.

The safety and health of our participants and our communities are the UCLA Asian American Studies Center's top priorities and although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCLA at this time, we are following UCLA's recent advisory (see here for updated information) and made the difficult decision to postpone any large-scale events, including the AASC 50th Anniversary Film Festival.

We are working with our partners to reschedule to a time when it's safe and prudent to host large-scale and celebratory events. We will definitely reach out to you again when those dates are confirmed, especially since we deeply value your work and your contributions to the festival and AAPI communities. Please follow us @uclaaasc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates in the coming weeks/months.

As we continue to work on future dates, we will be automatically refunding events at the James Bridges Theater and the UCLA Film & Television Archive has provided additional options for ticketholders to the Billy Wilder Theater events.

For those who purchased tickets for our events at the James Bridges Theater: your refund will be processed through Eventbrite. Please allow at least 7-10 business days to see the refund reflected back to your original form of payment. If you have questions about your refund, please email events@aasc.ucla.edu.

For those who purchased tickets for our events with the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater: you can exchange any tickets you have purchased for a future screening this year by the Archive or they can provide a refund. Please contact UCLA Film & Television Archive at 310-206-8013 or at programming@cinema.ucla.edu for assistance.

Thank you for your support of the AASC film festival and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. We hope to connect with you again soon.

This year marks the UCLA Asian American Studies Center's 50th anniversary. To continue our series of celebratory events, we are excited to host the Film Festival, a three-weekend film festival featuring powerful imagery and poignant commentary about some of the most meaningful issues facing our AAPI communities. Each program features films organized around central themes. After each screening, audiences will hear from Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and actors speaking to their creative journeys, as well as from scholars, artists, and community leaders on the meaning of these themes in today's world.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact lgadia@aasc.ucla.edu.

Presented by UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Center for Ethnocommunications, Film and Television Archive, Melnitz Movies. In collaboration with Visual Communications, Film Quarterly, and UCLA Asian American Studies Department.





We are excited to welcome these panelists to our programs.

Panelists are also listed by program/date in the "Schedule"

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

randall akee naalehu anthony Chris Araquel-Concordia vivian bang
Randall Akee Nā'ālehu Anthony Chris Araquel-Concordia Vivian Bang
UCLA Professor Filmmaker Co-Founder + Catering Director, The Park's Finest BBQ Actor + Writer + Producer
shikha bhatnagar Kathryn Chan Ceppi Lynn Chen lan duong
Shikha Bhatnagar Kathryn Chan Ceppi Lynn Chen Lan Duong
Executive Director, South Asian Network Owner, Phoenix Bakery Actor + Filmmaker Scholar
stephen dypianco patrick epino Elizabeth Gong-Guy sam koji hale
Stephen Dypiangco Patrick Epino Elizabeth Gong-Guy Sam Koji Hale
Filmmaker Filmmaker Psychologist + Executive Director, UCLA Campus and Student Resilience Filmmaker
chin han brian hu george huang florante ibanez
Chin Han Brian Hu George Huang Florante Ibanez
Actor Professor + Curator Screenwriter + UCLA Professor Librarian + Activist + UCLA Alum
Traci Ishigo gina kim kirn kim salima koroma
Traci Ishigo Gina Kim Kirn Kim Salima Koroma
Therapist, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Meditation Teacher Filmmaker and UCLA Professor Social Justice Defender Director + UCLA Alum
viola lasmana grace lee milton liu milton liu
Viola Lasmana Grace Lee Milton Liu Josslyn Luckett
Scholar Filmmaker + UCLA Alum Filmmaker + Activist Professor
valerie matsumoto danm ayeda sean metzger erin ninh
Valerie Matsumoto Dan Mayeda Sean Metzger erin Khuê Ninh
UCLA Professor Activist + UCLA Professor UCLA Professor IAC & AASC Visiting Scholar + Associate Professor, UCSB
bao nguyen melissa phruksachart rekstizzy rekstizzy
Bao Nguyen Melissa Phruksachart Rekstizzy B. Ruby Rich
Filmmaker Scholar Rapper Professor + Editor, Film Quarterly
set rongkilyo renee tajima aaron takahashi tamlyn tomita
Set Hernandez Rongkilyo Renee Tajima-Pena Aaron Takahashi Tamlyn Tomita
Co-Founder, Undocumented Filmmaker Collective + UCLA Alum Filmmaker + UCLA Professor + EthnoCommunications Director Actor Actor + UCLA Alum
tamlyn tomita karen umemoto oliver wang
Kim Tran Karen Umemoto Oliver Wang Anna Wong
UCLA professor, community organizer AASC Director + UCLA Professor Scholar + Writer Producer + Activist
Phil Yu Tracy Zhao
Kristina Wong Mia Yamamoto Phil Yu Tracy Zhao
Performance Artist, Writer, Comedian and Elected Representative in Koreatown Los Angeles + UCLA Alum Activist + UCLA Alum Blogger Executive Director, API Equality-LA
Teddy Zee
Teddy Zee