L.A. Asian Pacific 2012: 6 prizes for docs about Asia

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The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival gave several docs about Asia including Michael Collins’ “Give Up Tomorrow” which earned the audience prize for documentary film at the fest. ”Give Up” exposed corrupt public officials in a backdrop to the struggle two mothers undertook over the fate of one young man.

. In the documentary jury competition, “Where heaven meets hell” directed by Sasha Friedlander received the Grand Jury Award for Best Film.

. Debbie Lum was awarded the Outstanding Director Award for her film, “Seeking Asian female”.

. The award for Outstanding Cinematography was a tie and it went to Sasha Friedlander and Bao Nguyen for “Where heaven meets hell” and to Sun Shaoguang for “China Heavyweight”

. Filmmakers Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco received the Special Jury Award For Human Rights, for their film “Give up tomorrow” which chronicles the frenzied legal and media circus that surrounds the decade long campaign to execute or save one young man, Paco Larrañaga.

The 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival concluded May 18 -20 with a special Cambodian programming, including the documentary “Golden Slumbers” directed by Davy Chou.

DOCUMENTARY AWARDS:

Grand Jury Award – Best Feature-Length Documentary Film
WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL
Director SASHA FRIEDLANDER; Producer: SASHA FRIEDLANDER, BAO NGUYEN, DAVID OSIT
Outstanding Director
DEBBIE LUM – SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE
Outstanding Cinematographer – tie
WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL – SASHA FRIEDLANDER and BAO NGUYEN
CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT – SUN SHAOGUANG
Special Jury Award for Human Rights
GIVE UP TOMORROW Director MICHAEL COLLINS; Producer MARTY SYJUCO

The directors of the juried awards nominees in the feature-length documentary category are:
YUNG CHANG | Director, CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT
S. LEO CHIANG | Director, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON
MICHAEL COLLINS | Director, GIVE UP TOMORROW
KANE DIEP | Director, UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT
SASHA FREIDLANDER | Director, WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL
CAROL LIU | Director, RESTORING THE LIGHT
DEBBIE LUM | Director, SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE

About GIVE UP TOMORROW

Grand Jury Award Nominee | Feature-Length Documentary
MICHAEL COLLINS Director

Simultaneously a murder-mystery and an exposé of endemic corruption in the Philippines today, GIVE UP TOMORROW looks intimately at the case of Paco Larrañaga, a student accused of murder on the provincial island of Cebu.

MICHAEL COLLINS is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a production company based in New York City committed to crafting compelling social justice films that galvanize change. In 2005, he directed CAUGHT IN AN INJUSTICE, a one-hour documentary broadcast on Spanish national television that received Special Mention of the Jury at the 15th International TV3/Actual Awards. In 2010 Michael’s short film, GERTHY’S ROOTS, shot on location in Haiti about a community driven reforestation initiative, was made possible by the Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award. GIVE UP TOMORROW, his first documentary feature film seven years in the making, about a young man wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in the Philippines, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director; Audience Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest; Human Rights Award at Docs Barcelona; and Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

Film page

About RESTORING THE LIGHT


Grand Jury Award Nominee | Feature-Length Documentary
CAROL LIU Director

A rural doctor’s quest to bring transformative healthcare to remote Chinese villages reveals an intimate portrait of a farming community and its spirit of resilience.
CAROL LIU was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and spent her formative summers in China during her childhood. She graduated from Stanford University, where she was a Chappell-Lougee Scholar and majored in English Creative Writing. She received her MFA in writing and directing from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, where she was awarded the Dalio Family Foundation Scholarship and Tisch Scholarship. Her previous short films have screened at numerous premiere film festivals. Upon completing her MFA coursework, Carol moved to China to concentrate on developing Chinese stories for a world audience. She studied Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese Literature at Tsinghua University’s Inter-University Language program in between producing RESTORING THE LIGHT, her first feature project. Carol currently makes her home between Los Angeles and Beijing, China, developing documentary and narrative feature projects. Director’s Film page Festival’s Film page  Film trailer on YouTube  Film page on IMDb

See article on Variety

http://asianfilmfestla.org/2012/2012/05/17/and-the-winners-are/

SOURCE: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (17/05/2012)

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