1ST KAFFLA (KOREAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES)

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER

August 10-11th, 2012

OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM:

WEDDING PALACE: BEHIND THE SCENES – Director: David Spell (USA / 2011 / 23 min)

A documentary of the triumphs and struggles of financing and making the first independent US- Korean film co-production, Christine Yoo’s Wedding Palace, shot in Los Angeles and Seoul, Korea.

Cast: Brian Tee, Bobby Lee, Stephen Park, Kang Hye-jung (Old Boy) and Christine Yoo.

SHOULD’VE KISSED – Director: Jinoh Park. West Coast Premiere (USA / 2010 / 80 mins) Set in the cutthroat audition world of New York City, a confident, struggling Korean actor, Jun, struggles to find acting roles, and after an intense meeting with a director, meets an aspiring actress, Summer - they bond and share an intimate time together.

Cast: Jinoh Park, Marina Michelson

CENTERPIECE PROGRAM: LA RIOTS

THE LA RIOTS: REFLECTIONS ON OUR FUTURE - Director: Keun Pyo “Root” Park (USA / 2012 / 10 min)

CLASH OF COLORS: LA RIOTS OF 1992 - Director: David D. Kim (USA / 2012 / 81 min) 

POKDONG - Director: Alex Dongwan Ko (USA / 2006 / 24 min) 

LAR20 (work-in-progress) Director: David H. Kim. (USA / 2012 / 30 min)

I GOT MY MIND MADE UP Music Video, Featuring rap group 429: Billy Chun, Regan Farquhar and Rashad West (USA / 1992 / 4 min)

SPECIAL FEATURE PROGRAM:

MAGIC AND LOSS - Director: Lim Kah Wai (Japan / Korea / Malaysia / Hong Kong / France / USA / China/ 2010/81min)

While traveling in Hong Kong, two young women who are strangers, Kiki and Kkobbi, win a trip to a vacation resort called Mui Wo. They bond amidst the mysterious and isolated atmosphere of the resort. During the course of an unusual adventure, their conflicted and unpredictable relationship evolves, and surprising conflicts and secrets emerge.

Cast: Kiki Sugino, Kim Kkobbi, Yang Ik-june

CLOSING PROGRAM:

ULTIMATE CHRISTIAN WRESTLING – Directors: Jae-Ho Chang, Tara Autovino. West Coast Premiere (USA / 2012 / 83 min)

Co-directors Chang and Autovino document a group of traveling evangelical pro-wrestlers from rural Georgia, capturing a complex portrait of the three main characters and their individual struggle to find acceptance, love, and means to a better life. Eschewing the media’s love affair with religious controversy, this documentary explores the nature of faith, and the disappointment of dreams both lost and realized. 

SHORTS PROGRAM:

KOREAN SCHOOL REJECTS – Director: Peter Yun (USA / 2012 / 20 min)

BLUE - Director: Stephen Kang (New Zealand / 2011 / 14 min)

CITY - Directors: Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim (Korea / 2010 / 6 min) 

RECORDER EXAM - Director: Bora Kim ( Korea / 2011 / 27 min) 

SAENG-IL - Director: Jennifer Suhr (USA / 2010 / 11 min)

THE PROBLEM OF GRAVITY - Director: Trevor Zhou (USA / 2012 / 5 min)

HOOKED – Director: Stuart Howe (South Korea / 2011 / 10 min)

DOL – Director: Andrew Ahn (USA / 2012 / 11 min)

KAFFNY INCUBATOR PROGRAM:

A unique screening opportunity for local filmmakers to showcase their current or recent projects. Audiences can experience the next generation of filmmakers who will showcase films with Asian and Asian-American themes, and or made by Asian filmmakers and talent. Films will be shown and discussed in a lively interactive audience event.