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Special Presentations

Pay special attention to our Special Presentations as we revisit stories from our heritage, history and identities, and discover how they still hold true to the stories we try to tell today.

Special Presentations

ACTRESS WANTED

Film

ACTRESS WANTED

Directed by Minh Duc Nguyen
A lonely janitor hires a struggling actress to reenact ten favorite memories of his dead wife.
Special Presentations

AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY

Film

AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY

Directed by Dianne Fukami
An inspirational story of Norman Mineta's life beginning as a son of immigrants and imprisonment during WWII to…
Special Presentations

BEATS, RHYMES, AND RESISTANCE Revival: Dawn Mabalon Tribute

Special Event

BEATS, RHYMES, AND RESISTANCE Revival: Dawn Mabalon Tribute

FREE PROGRAM | A revival screening as tribute to the late Dawn Mabalon, featuring a panel discussion on…
Special Presentations

Documentally Minded

Special Event

Documentally Minded

FREE PROGRAM | The ongoing legacy of Visual Communications’ vanguard Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Artists…
Special Presentations

GRASSROOTS RISING

Film

GRASSROOTS RISING

Directed by Robert Winn
FREE PROGRAM | This film examines the resurgence of community-based labor organizing and the role that APAs play…
Special Presentations

IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS

Film

IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS

Directed by Bishrel Mashbat
With time running out and desperate for cash, two Mongolian immigrants turn to crime as their only solution.
Special Presentations

LEITIS IN WAITING

Film

LEITIS IN WAITING

Directed by Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson
FREE PROGRAM | An intrepid group of native transgender women fight a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in…
Special Presentations

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

Film

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

Directed by Valerie Soe
LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN looks at the Taiwan Love Boat, where young Taiwanese Americans get closer to their history,…
Special Presentations

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Film

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Directed by Takashi Fujii
FREE PROGRAM | One of the crown jewels of Visual Communications' landmark video docu-drama series "Hidden Treasures," OMAI…
Special Presentations

OMENG SATANASIA

Film

OMENG SATANASIA

Directed by Frank Gray Jr.
FREE PROGRAM | A devil strikes a deal with an old scientist who must find true love within…
Special Presentations

PING PONG PLAYA

Film

PING PONG PLAYA

Directed by Jessica Yu
FREE PROGRAM | A slacker must preserve his family's honor by winning a table tennis tournament.
Special Presentations

RE-SCORED: A Film and Music Performance

Special Event

RE-SCORED: A Film and Music Performance

A mixed-media event featuring groundbreaking composers, emerging talent, and legendary artists who will perform alternative live scores for…
Special Presentations

Remember When It Was Like This?

Special Event

Remember When It Was Like This?

FREE PROGRAM | The “power of place” endures in this collection from past editions of Visual Communications/DISKovery Center…
Special Presentations

REORIENT: Emerging Media

Program

REORIENT: Emerging Media

REORIENT is our new showcase for cutting-edge virtual reality, mixed reality, interactive installations, and beyond. Join us for…
Special Presentations

STAYCATION

Film

STAYCATION

Directed by Tanuj Chopra
A modern millennial codependent couple in Downtown Los Angeles have their relationship thrown for a loop when he…
Special Presentations

Super ‘80s: Greatest Hits From VC’s Filmmakers Development Program

Special Event

Super ‘80s: Greatest Hits From VC’s Filmmakers Development Program

FREE PROGRAM | As a pioneer in small-format, community-based mediamaking during the 1980s, Visual Communications supported a new…
Special Presentations

THE UGLY MODEL

Film

THE UGLY MODEL

Directed by Doris Yeung
THE UGLY MODEL examines the paradox of a handsome male model who feels ashamed, ugly, and emasculated in…