2014 Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles is on September 13 & 14, 2014!

2014 Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles is on September 13 & 14, 2014!

The Network of Myanmar American Association, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Myanmar Film Festivals in the United States, invites you to the 7th Annual Myanmar (Burmese) Film Festival of Los Angeles. The festival will be held at Downtown Independent Theater (http://www.downtownindependent.com/), a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Festival Location:      Downtown Independent Theater

                                251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dates:                            September 13 & 14 | 2014

The following One fiction/drama and Five documentary films have been selected for 2014 MFFLA:

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information as the date approaches!

Please come enjoy Myanmar (Burmese) Film Festival, Los Angeles. Hope to see you there!

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 132014:

Time:              6:15 pm – 9:45 pm (Invitation Only)

Opening Day VIP Reception & Festival Awards Ceremony

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 142014:

General Public Admission: FREE Ticket (with All Day Pass)

The first 50 moviegoers, who attend the festival and complete a short survey form afterward, will receive ONE FREE TICKET ($24.99 value) TO THE AQUARIUM OF PACIFIC! Not valid at off-site sales locations. May not be sold.

 

Born Warriors (Part One) – documentary

Vincent Giordano | 26 mins | Myanmar w/English subtitle | 2014

USA, Myanmar

Time: 1:15 pm

1D8A0183_copy_2_webDirector/Producer/Editor     Vincent Giordano

Cinematography:                 Vincent Giordano

Music:                                      Camus Celli

 

Born Warriors is a documentary that focuses on the ancient fighting sport of Lethwei. Burmese Lethwei is one of the oldest practiced combat sports in Myanmar/Burma. The Burmese are the last of the great bare-knuckle fighters in Southeast Asia. At harvest time especially in the Mon and Kayin states, nightly Lethwei matches would be held as a tribute to the goddess of rice to bless their crops. The festivities would often begin with wrestling followed by lengthy bare-knuckle Lethwei bouts.

 

The Glassman – documentary

We Ra | 21 mins | Myanmar w/English subtitle | 2013

Myanmar

Time: 1:45 pm

YDirector/Producer/ Screenwriter:    We Ra

Producer:     Green Age Film Production

Editor:            Myo Min Khin

Cinematographer:     Moe Thron

Music:                Kaung Htet

 

The film is about a small man named Kaung Htet. He is 20 years old. His height is only 3 feet 9 inches. From the depressed and dependent disabled boy, he becomes the one who gives physical and moral support and strength to other disables, who fights for the rights to disables, who wants development in the care of disables, who adores art and philosophy, who explores the world, who volunteers in teaching in the school which changed his view on life, and the one who wants the country to open many disabled schools in the whole country instead of the only school in the whole country.

 

Ice Poison – fiction/drama

Midi Z | 95 mins | Myanmar & Chinese w/English subtitle | 2014

Taiwan R.O.C, Myanmar

Time: 2:10 pm

PDirector/Writer/Producer:   Midi Z

Executive Producer:            Patrick Mao Huang

Production Company:            Seashore Image Productions; Flash Forward Entertainment

Editor:            Lin Sheng-Wen, Midi Z

Cinematographer:     Fan Sheng-Siang

Music:            Ronald

Faced with diminishing returns on his harvest, a poor young farmer in Myanmar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alternative income as a taxi driver. Among his first fares is a woman who has returned home for her grandfather’s funeral and is making a new start after escaping an arranged marriage in China. Together, they are lured into one of the few lucrative business opportunities available in the area: selling “ice poison” (crystal meth) around town.

 

The Potter’s Song – documentary

Hnin Ei Hlaing | 23 mins | Myanmar w/English subtitle | 2013

Myanmar

Time: 3:45 pm

The Potter's Song_Still 05_webDirector/Editor:        Hnin Ei Hlaing

Producer:                 Hnin Ei Hlaing, Yangon Film School

Cinematography:      Soe Kyaw Tin Tun

Sound Recordist:       Hnin Ei Hlaing, Sai Nyi Nyi, Nu Nu Hlaing

Editing Mentor:         Tuula Mehtonen, Regina Bartschi

This portrait of a community of potters in the Myanmar town of Twante west of Yangon is suffused by the music, warmth and humor of a hard-working, resillient peoples, plying a craft that is already dwindling in Myanmar’s fast-changing environment.

 

The Little Guerrilla Girl – documentary

Giancarlo Bocchi | 42 mins | Karen & Burmese w/English subtitle | 2013

Italy, UK, Burma/Myanmar

Time: 4:10 pm

ZDirector:      Giancarlo Bocchi

Producer:     IMC Independent Movie Company

Editor:            Leonardo Rigon, Edoardo Morabito

Photography/Sound:            Giancarlo Bocchi

 

The Karen people in Burma have been fighting for freedom for 70 years – first against Japan, and today against the Burmese government. The bloody clashes for independence take place mainly in the impenetrable jungle area near the border with Thailand. The current easing of the regime has not helped the Karen people, who still live in poverty, fear and suffering. The fate of this oppressed ethnic group is also experienced first-hand by a young girl named Zoya Phan, who had to flee to London in order to survive. The film follows Zoya as she returns to her native country to attend the funeral of her murdered father and to record the stories of soldiers and locals.

 

Puppets Beyond Borders – documentary

Hnin Ei Hlaing | 39 mins | Cambodia, Myanmar, Thai w/English subtitle | 2013

Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand

Time: 5:00 pm

 

YFS Puppets Still 20Director/Editor/Sound Recordist:   Hnin Ei Hlaing (Myanmar)

Producer:       Yangon Film School, Media Education and Training Academy (Cambodia)

Co-Director/Cinematographer:       Tha Piseth (Cambodia)

At the end of 2011, puppeteers from Germany, France, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia came together at Chiang Mai venue ‘Empty Space’ in northern Thailand for a workshop led by German director Manuel Lutgenhorst. The groups were asked to create a new collaborative piece to be performed in Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh and Yangon, exploring the topic of ‘home’. Filmed by a Burmese-Cambodian crew, Puppets Beyond Borders follows these Asian and European troupes as they prepare their pieces and encounter each other’s rich and diverse puppetry traditions – from shadow play to glove puppets and marionettes – and takes a look at the players’ innovative approaches to reinterpreting their art for today’s audiences.

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Film Festival Information:

NetMAA Office: (626) 537 9990

Email: myanmarfilmfestival@netmaa.org

Movie Theater: VIDEO CAMERAS, CAMERA PHONES AND OTHER RECORDING DEVICES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE SCREENING. YOU WILL BE CHECKED BY SECURITY PRIOR TO ADMITTANCE.

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