Resilience at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Wed, May 4th @ 7 PM in K-Town)

We are so excited to continue our association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  This year we are co-sponsoring Tammy Chu’s remarkable documentary, Resilience.

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM @ CGV Cinemas Theater 1

Resilience tells the story of Korean adoptee Brent Beesley’s reunification with his birth mother, Myungja, and the challenges they face forging a familial bond after so many years apart.  The oft-silent voice in the adoption triad (birth family, Korean adoptee, adoptive family) is the birth mother, whose silence is reinforced by social pressure and internalized shame.  Of course, everyone featured in Resilience is courageous beyond words.  But, what makes Resilience  particularly special is Myungja’s determination to step into the spotlight and give eloquent and passionate voice to the “other side” of adoption.  If knowledge is power, then indeed, shining the light into this dark and obscured place of adoption – while challenging to watch – is ultimately empowering.

Following the screening…

  • There will be a short 15-minute “Question and Answer” session with producer Jessica Windt.  Jessica will shed light on the process of making Resilience and provide context for its remarkable story.
  • Beginning at 9:00 PM, please come out for dinner and drinks at Beer Halle!  Located just beneath the theater (no need to move your car!). Again, producer Jessica Windt will be on hand to answer any follow-up questions about the film and to share more about its genesis and production.

Theater Information & Parking:

Complimentary parking is available in the CGV Parking structure which can be accessed through the Manhattan Street entrance. Please plan on arriving early if you want to park for free. Otherwise there are paid lots and meters in the surrounding area.

621 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Purchasing Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased through AKA-SoCal directly or online, through the film festival.  If you do plan on attending, we ask that you buy your tickets through AKA-SoCal.  This is better for both you and AKA-SoCal.  You get a reduced price ($10, instead of $12), in addition AKA is reimbursed for our initial outlay to the festival (we don’t want to have leftover tickets that we already paid for).  You can purchase tickets through AKA-SoCal in one of two ways:

1.      Pay directly by cash or by check made out to AKA-SoCal, with LA APFF in the “memo” line

2.      Pay  by credit card via Paypal

Whichever way you chose, we ask you contact Max Choi at vice-president@aka-socal.org   Please provide him with:

1.     Your name

2.     Your address

3.     Your phone number

4.     The number of tickets you want to purchase

5.     Your preferred method of payment

6.     Whether or not you plan on attending the dinner with Jessica Windt (producer) after the screening

The deadline for buying tickets through AKA-SoCal, at the reduced price, is: Monday, May 2nd.  If AKA-SoCal runs out of reduced-price tickets before the deadline, we will let you know via our website.  Please check it periodically for updates.  We will then release the code for purchasing discounted tickets through the Film Festival’s website.

Time and again, this film has proved its significance and power; you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to watch it among a KAD community. We can’t wait to see you there!

LA Marathon Fundraiser Update

The Course

A quick update to let everyone know we just passed the $500 mark!  Yea!  Isn’t that amazing?  I can remember – in the not so distant past – when Betsy and I were discussing the possibility of fundraising for the marathon.  It seemed like a long shot; too much else going on, not enough time, limited publicity, etc.   But, slowly it gained steam.  And now, we are definitely rolling.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated thus far.  Your support has been awesome, especially in these rough economic times.  And a big “thank you” to those who supported me in other ways; your encouraging emails and FB posts kept my legs churning through those extra training miles.

With Gratitude,

Max

PS – Oh, and I would be remiss if I did not mention you can still contribute!  Here is the link: Crowdrise

Story of Self – Community Building & Self Reflection (4/30/11)

Please join us at our next general meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Los Angeles.  We will tend to business as usual, then socialize after the meeting adjourns.  However, in between the two, we would like to try something new.

The fundraising committee feels our responsibility encompasses more than just raising money.  Since fundraising is built upon human relationships, without the strength of those relationships, there would be nothing for which to raise funds.  In light of that, we will host a series of group exercises that emphasize self-reflection and community building.  The first one takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Los Angeles.  Its theme is: “Story of Self.”  Together, we will explore the forces which have shaped each of our unique identities.  The exercise will begin after official business is finished.  Please join us for this special opportunity to come together and learn more about yourself in the safe context of others.        -The Fundraising Committee (Max, Robyn, Andrea & Jo)