Fellowship Cultivates New Generation of Asian Pacific American Filmmakers

Applications Due July 29th

LOS ANGELES – Visual Communications is now accepting applications for its10th annual Armed With a Camera Fellowship. The fellowship fosters the education, training and professional development of up-and-coming Asian Pacific American filmmakers. In doing so, it seeks to shed light on the experiences of communities traditionally underrepresented by visual media.

The fellowship is open to filmmakers under 30-years-old of Asian Pacific descent. South Asian, Southeast Asian and women filmmakers are strongly encouraged to apply. From November 2011 to March 2012 Visual Communications will provide the support and resources for ten fellows to each to create a five-minute digital video. These resources will include:
• $500 cash grant
• Training, workshops and mentoring from industry professionals
• Opportunity for collaborative work with other fellows
• Access to equipment and editing facilities
• World premiere of completed film in the “VC Digital Posse” showcase of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
• All-access pass to films, panels and events of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
• Opportunity to network with professional filmmakers and Visual Communications staff and supporters

In the past decade, Visual Communications has supported 70 filmmakers through the fellowship. Last year’s portfolio represents a characteristic diversity of topics. One documentary traces the disappearance of a Filipino-American R&B star. Another tells the emigration story of a filmmaker’s Vietnamese father. Several narrative works explore family relationships. In one, a South Asian lesbian woman spends the Hindu New Year with her partner. In another, a Japanese woman questions her marriage to an American. Settings range from a World War II battlefield in France to a sci-fi future.

Applications are available at

The Armed with a Camera Fellowship is partially funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

About Visual Communications: Founded in 1970, Visual Communications has a long and prominent history promoting intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.

Please contact Daina Solomon ( or 213 680-4462 ext. 30) for more information.

Annual G.O.A.’L First Trip Home Program

Annual G.O.A.’L First Trip Home Program
Organized by: Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L)

The G.O.A.’L First Trip Home is intended for adoptees that have not previously returned to Korea, and would like to do so in order to conduct a birth family search. Rather than a typical tour of Korea, the G.O.A.’L First Trip Home is centered around birth family searches and reunions. Since its inception, the G.O.A.’L First Trip Home has aimed to reunite adult Korean adoptees with their birth families and provide a unique experience for participants. Through this program, G.O.A.’L seeks to support adoptees in their journey to develop personal identity through a nurturing and comfortable experience.

For participants it also represents a chance to reconnect with a country, a culture, and a home. Each year G.O.A.’L provides services and support such as lodging, meals, airfare, a visit to adoption agencies, and the opportunity to appear in the media. G.O.A.’L also plans group events and activities, optional workshops, and leaves time for personal excursions. Through a variety of planned activities and individual schedules, the G.O.A.’L First Trip Home is a way for adoptees to reconnect with Korea, connect with each other, and grow as individuals in a supportive environment.

As we continue to grow the G.O.A.’L First Trip Home program each year, we would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support, and the hard working staff and volunteers. Without them none of this would be possible.

Please see the link for the application details.