LA Asian Pacific Film Festival: Opening Night

Wong Fu Productions at their opening night of LAAPFF at the Aratani Theatre. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

Wong Fu Productions at their opening night of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival at the Aratani Theatre. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat. [L-R: Ted Fu, Wesley Chan, Phillip Wang, Chris Dinh]

Thursday night was the long awaited opening night of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, as well as the world premiere of Wong Fu Productions’ first full length feature film, Everything Before Us.  This romantic 99 minute film follows two couples – the first, young lovers fresh out of high school who are tested in their long distance relationship, and the second, professionals who want nothing to do with each other but are brought back 10409361_438523116313068_3749185843968319703_ntogether through a series of events.  A DMV styled agency known as the “Department
of Emotional Integrity” (DEI) is similar to IQ score for relationships.  Through this futuristic yet grounded movie, Wong Fu has yet again proved their abilities as innovative and creative Asian American filmmakers.

Red carpet photos after the break

We were able to catch up with director Wesley Chan, and producers Christine Chen and Chris Dinh.  You can check out our interview here.

I was fortune enough to cover both the red carpet and watch the film.  They began with a few words from Wong Fu, VC, and sponsors.  The Aratani Theatre had just installed a new projection screen as well.  The film’s soundtrack featured songs from Kina Grannis and her husband Jesse Epstein.  The cast included Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat 17072725538_bf97af642a_zand The Interview), Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner), Brandon Soo-Hoo (Supah Ninjas), and others such as Stephen A. Chang, Parvesh Cheena, Brittany Ishibashi, Victoria Park, Chris Riedell, Katie Savoy, Joanna Sotomura, and Aaron Yoo.  Friends of Wong Fu Productions like Kina Grannis, Arden Cho, Amy Okuda, and Anthony Ma came to support.

Wong Fu’s film is now available for preorder on Vimeo and will be released worldwide on June 3rd.

All photos are by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.  Higher resolution red carpet photos can be found here.

Genesia Ting

About Genesia Ting

Genesia Ting is a product designer by day and concert photographer by evening. She enjoys discovering new eateries in the Los Angeles area, hiking by the coast, and exploring different parts of LA.
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