Super Tuesday today & more screenings

Lots to tell you in this email about A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, including our big PBS premiere on Tue, May 25th… that’s a week from now!

First, some important news. The BP oil spill has hugely impacted the Southeast Asian/Vietnamese American fishermen, who make up 35-45% of the fishing industry along the Gulf Coast (here is a LA Times article about this). Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corp. (MQVN-CDC) in Versailles hosted a community meeting this month to address the issue. Read about it here, and please contact MQVN-CDC directly to find out how you can help.

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES continues its free nationwide Community Cinema screenings. Today 5/18 is our SUPER TUESDAY, with six screenings around the country. Father Vien, Mimi, and myself will all be attending screenings. So come say hello, and please see the listing below for info on the remaining free screenings. We also brought home two awards from the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival–the Documentary Audience Award and the “Call to Action” Award for promoting social change. Thanks to APA Bar Association-LA and Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Assoc for turning out the supportive crowd, and to Father Vien and Mimi for joining us.

Don’t forget, our national PBS broadcast premiere on Independent Lens is only a week away on May 25th. To see when A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES will be playing on your local PBS station, click here.

Finally, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corp. (MQVN-CDC) put together a “5 Years Post-Katrina” update about how the Versailles community is doing. Folks at MQVN-CDC are responsible for all the amazing community projects mentioned in the film (health clinics, charter school, urban farm, etc). You can download the PDF here and find out more about MQVN-CDC here.

So here are this week’s events featuring special guests from the film:

ROCHESTER, NY Tues. May 18 @ 7pm, WXXI Studios, Mimi Nguyen will attend more details
HOUSTON, TX Tues. May 18 @7pm, Rice Cinema, Father Vien will attend more details
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Tues. May 18 @5:45pm, San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend
OAKLAND, CA Wed. May 19 @ 6:30pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend
BILOXI, MS Fri. May 21 @ 6pm, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Father Vien, Minh Nguyen, and Christina Wadhwani (MQVN-CDC) will attend more details
PHILADELPHIA, PA Sat. May 22 @7pm, Asian Arts Initiative, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend more details

Here are all the remainingA VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES free community screenings organized by state. You can also find the screening info at the Independent Lens website.

ARIZONA
Tucson, Fri. May 21 @4pm, Miller-Golf Links Branch Library more details

CALIFORNIA
Oakland Wed. May 19 @ 6:30pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend
San Francisco Tues. May 18 @5:45pm, San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend
West Hollywood, Tues. May 25 @730pm, Blue Conference Room in the Pacific Design Center more details

COLORADO
Denver, May 25 @ 7pm, Starz FilmCenter more details
Fruita, May 26 @ 630pm, Dinosaur Journey Museum more details
Montrose, May 18 @ 730pm, Montrose District Library more details

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington, D.C., Sun. May 23 @5pm, Busboys and Poets more details
Washington, D.C., Sun. May 30 @3pm, Washington DC Jewish Community Center more details

INDIANA
Evansville, Wed. May 19 @ 7pm, WNIN Studios more details
Indianapolis, Sun. May 23 @ 4pm, The K.I. EcoCenter more details

LOUISIANA
New Orleans, Sat. May 22 @ 6pm, Dillard University, Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center more details

MINNESOTA
Blaine, Sat. June 11 @ 10:30am, Northtown Library more details
Brooklyn Center, Mon June 14 @ 7pm, Brookdale Library more details

MISSISSIPPI
Biloxi, Fri. May 21 @ 6pm, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Father Vien, Minh Nguyen, and Christina Wadhwani (MQVN-CDC) will attend more details


NEW YORK

Ithaca
, Fri. May 21 @7pm, Henry St. John Building more details
Manhattan, Tues. May 18 @730pm, East 54th Street Recreation Center more details
Queens, Tues. May 18 @6pm, Al Oerter Recreation Center more details
Rochester, Tues. May 18 @ 7pm, WXXI Studios, Mimi Nguyen will attend more details

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia
, Sat. May 22 @7pm, Asian Arts Initiative, Director S. Leo Chiang will attend more details

SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston, Th. May 27 @6pm, Charleston County Public Library more details

TEXAS
Houston, Tues. May 18 @7pm, Rice Cinema, Father Vien will attend more details

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