Archive for 2009

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest- Tues 5/4 @ 6pm

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest
WHEN: Tuesday, 5/4 Reception @ 6pm, Screening @ 7pm, Panel @ 8pm
WHERE: 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
INFO/TICKETS:
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/laapfilmfest

This will be a great event! Father Vien, Mimi Nguyen, and S. Leo Chiang will be in attendance. Use the promo code for $2 off your ticket: APABA10VC (thanks to APA Bar Association). RSVP for the free reception asap to byang@ci.glendale.ca.us

Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival (Denver, CO)- 4/25 @ 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival
WHEN: SUN 4/25 @ 8:30pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: Denver, CO

We are one of just two films to receive the Henry Hampton Award at the Council on Foundations Video and Film Festival this year! Please visit the their webpage for more information. Dir. S. Leo Chiang will be in attendance.

Katrina at Five Conference (New Orleans, LA)- Wed 3/24 @ 9:15am

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: Katrina at Five Conference, New Orleans, LA
WHEN: Wed 3/23 @ 9:15 am
WHERE: New Orleans, LA
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://tinyurl.com/katrinaatfive

Director S. Leo Chiang to attend. Please visit the Katrina at Five Conference page for more information. Presented by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).

San Francisco Asian Am Film Fest (SF/San Jose)-Sat 3/13, Tue 3/16, Sat 3/20

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: San Francisco Int’l Asian Am Film Festival
INFO/TICKETS: San Francisco Int’l Asian Am Film Festival. Members of Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) receive discounts.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/sfiaaff

Screening #1
WHEN:
Sat 3/13 @ 2:15 pm
WHERE: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St @ Fillmore, SF

Screening #2
WHEN: Tue 3/16 @ 9 pm
WHERE: VIZ Cinema, 1746 Post St @ Webster, SF

Screening #3 – SAN JOSE
WHEN: Sat 3/20 @ 5:30 pm
WHERE: Camera 12 Cinema, 201 S. 2nd St @ San Carlos, San Jose

Director S. Leo Chiang and Associate Producers Brittney Shepherd & Eva Moss to attend.

Arizona State Univ (Tempe, AZ)-Thurs 2/4 @ 5p

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: Screening at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
WHEN: Thurs 2/4, 5-7pm; Friday
WHERE: ASU Education Lecture Hall 117, Tempe, AZ
TICKETS: Free screening for members of the ASU community

Film screening and discussion with Leo on Thurs 2/4 from 5-7 pm. Leo will also visit two large undergrad APA Studies classes on Friday. Please visit the the ASU Asian Pacific American Studies website for more information.

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (Lafayette, LA)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WHAT: Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival–Screening #1
WHEN:
Saturday, Jan 30 @ 1:15p
WHERE: Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch6101 Johnston St.. Lafayette, LA 70503

WHAT: Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival–Screening #2
WHEN: Sunday, Jan 31 @ 1:15p
WHERE: Lafayette Public Library Main Branch301 W. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70503

Please visit the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival page for ticket information.

Home Video Holiday Offer!

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Happy Holidays from A Village Called Versailles. In celebration of the season, we are offering a special 20% off holiday discount on home video copies now through December 18th. It makes a great gift for your friends and family! Thank you for supporting independent filmmaking.

Mimi Nguyen at Austin Asian Am Film Fest

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Here is Mimi Nguyen, who was the first Vietnamese American to work for New Orleans City Council, talking about the long term development plan for Versailles at the Austin Asian American Film Festival this past weekend.

November Update

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES caps off a great October by winning our second award–an AUDIENCE AWARD at the New Orleans Film Festival! Thanks to all of you who came out and supported us at all of our various festivals stops.

November kicks off with Versailles’ most famous resident making big news. Rep. Joseph Cao (R-New Orleans), the first ever Vietnamese American elected to the US Congress who happens to come from Versailles, stirred up quite the controversy by being the only Republican in the House to vote for the Health Care Reform bill. You can find more news items about Rep. Cao by visiting our Facebook page.

We screen next in Austin, Boston (2 screenings), and Philly again:

AUSTIN, TX:

WHAT: Austin Asian Am Film Festival
WHEN: Sun 11/15 @ 2pm
WHERE: Alamo Draft House Cinemas1120 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
TICKETS: Visit Austin Asian Am Film Festival for more info

Q&A with Director S. Leo Chiang and subject Mimi Nguyen to follow.

BOSTON, MA (Screening #1):

WHAT: UMass Boston Screening sponsored by Asian Am Studies Program
WHEN: Fri 11/20 @ 1 – 3:15pm
WHERE: Snowden Auditorium • Wheatley Bldg., 1st Flr, Rm 088, UMass Boston
TICKETS: No admission fee. Open to public.

The students from UMB Asian American Studies program provided us with some of the most compelling video footage in the film during their two visits in Nov ‘05 and Feb ‘06 to the Versailles community. Now we are bringing the film back to UMB. Director Leo Chiang in attendance.

BOSTON, MA (Screening #2):

WHAT: Boston Community Screening in Fields Corner
WHEN: Sun 11/22 @ 11:30 am
WHERE: Vietnamese American Community Center42 Charles St., Boston, MA 02122
TICKETS: No admission fee. Open to public.

Free screening at the heart of Boston’s Vietnamese American community in Fields Corner. The film will be screened with Vietnamese subtitles. Director S. Leo Chiang in attendance.

VCV_dvdcover_sm.jpgWe will also be screening at the Society of Visual Anthropology Film, Video, and Multimedia Festival on Sat 12/5 @ 1:30p as a part of the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Please come see it if you are attending the conference.

The holiday season is right around the corner, and the A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES DVD makes a great gift!! Visit our website and purchase a copy today. The proceeds from the sales of DVDs go towards our community engagement campaign and enable us to continue showing the film around the country.

I want to end this update by sharing another great story of Vietnamese Americans making a difference in their community. Siblings Viet & Tram Nguyen, both principals of public elementary schools in Oakland, CA, have worked tirelessly to turn their schools around. Here is the feature story about them on the local ABC affiliate. Check it out.

PBS broadcast! Tue 5/25 @ 10pm

Friday, November 6th, 2009

WHAT: PBS Broadcast on the series “Independent Lens”
WHEN: Tue 5/25 @ 10pm
WHERE: Your Living Room!
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/pbsvcv

See it on prime time PBS as a part of the Independent Lens series hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Here is our PBS trailer:

Boston Community Screening, Sun 11/22 @ 11:30 am

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

WHAT: Boston Community Screening in Fields Corner
WHEN: Sun 11/22 @ 11:30 am
WHERE: Vietnamese American Community Center42 Charles St., Boston, MA 02122
TICKETS: No admission fee. Open to public.

Free screening at the heart of Boston’s Vietnamese American community in Fields Corner. The film will be screened with Vietnamese subtitles. Director S. Leo Chiang in attendance.

UMass Boston Screening, Fri 11/20 @ 1pm

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

WHAT: UMass Boston Screening sponsored by Asian Am Studies Program
WHEN: Fri 11/20 @ 1 – 3:15pm
WHERE: Snowden Auditorium, Wheatley Bldg., 1st Flr, Rm 088, UMass Boston
TICKETS: No admission fee. Open to public.

The students from UMB Asian American Studies program provided us with some of the most compelling video footage in the film during their two visits in Nov ’05 and Feb ’06 to the Versailles community. Now we are bringing the film back to UMB. Director Leo Chiang in attendance.

Versailles youth launches oral history project – VAYLA Stories

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Travis Tran

Travis Tran

The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) launches the VAYLA Stories website, which is “a youth-led oral history and documentary project to celebrate the lives of New Orleans’s Vietnamese and neighboring communities.” There are currently 11 stories posted. Check out what the young people in Versailles have to say about topics from Vietnam War to growing up in Versai and surviving Katrina.

If you want to find out more about the weekly goings-on in Village de l’Est, don’t forget to check out Tony and Huong’s fun weekly vlogs on the VAYLA home page!

Advancing Justice Conference, Los Angeles 10/29 @ 4p

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

WHAT: Advancing Justice Conference
WHEN: 10/29 @ 4pm
WHERE: The Center at Cathedral Plaza • 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
TICKETS: Open to conference attendees

Q&A with Director S. Leo Chiang and activist Uyen Le.

VERSAILLES wins Audience Award at New Orleans Film Fest!

Friday, October 16th, 2009
Versailles resident Margret Nguyen answers a question at our New Orleans Film Fest screening

Versailles resident Margret Nguyen answers a question at our New Orleans Film Fest screening

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES has just been awarded the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the New Orleans Film Festival. Needless to say, we are totally beside ourselves to snag our second award in a week. A big THANK YOU to all the folks who came out to see the film in New Orleans.

Our next stops are the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu (screening tomorrow–Sat 10/17 @ 8:15 pm & Tue 10/20 @ noon) as well as the San Diego Asian Film Fest (Sun 10/18 @ 12:10pm & Wed 10/28 @ 3 pm). Please tell your friends and family to come out and check out our film. Don’t forget to come up and say hi afterward.

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