Downtown Film Festival L.A. at Downtown Independent Theater
Director/Cinematographer: Stephen Seemayer
Editor/Producer: Pamela Wilson
Plays with the following short:
'Lil Tokyo Reporter' is a short film set in 1935 Los Angeles based on the life of Civil Rights Leader and Newspaperman Sei Fujii. While the country struggles through the Great Depression, the Japanese American community unites for survival. Sei Fujii's law partner uncovers the ill intentions of the local mafia. Fujii must make a decision between the saving face his community and confronting the issue head on. Based on a true story.Background:.Sei Fujii was born in Yamaguchi-ken, Japan. He immigrated to California as a young man in 1903. He graduated from USC Law School in 1911, but was unable to become an attorney and practice law because he was not an American citizen. (Japanese and all Asians were prohibited from obtaining American citizenship by discriminatory laws passed by the U.S. Congress in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.) He teamed up with USC Law School classmate, civil rights attorney, J. Marion Wright, to help the Issei and the Japanese American Community with racially discriminatory legal issues for four and a half decades. (30 Minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Jeffrey Chin
Cinematographer: Ryo Rex
Editor: Chisako Yokoyama
Writer: Guinevere Turner
IF IT’S SUMMER IN THE CITY, THEN IT’S TIME FOR DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL L.A.
The award-winning Downtown Film Festival L.A., now in its 5th year, will be held this year July 10-20 at the Downtown Independent Theater, the AT&T Center Theater, The Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater, and alternative venues throughout downtown.
This year’s festival will screen more than 100 films — features, documentaries and shorts — from local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will showcase Los Angeles premieres from other leading festivals including Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW and Tribeca. Winners from the festival’s international digital shorts competition will be presented at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art during the July 11th Downtown L.A. Art Walk. A special showcase of 3-D short films from France will screen on Sunday, July 14th.
Coleen Sterritt / Woods Davy / Marc Kreisel / Richard Newton / Andy Wilf