Because you know you can't resist anything having to do with Bruce Lee and free films.
LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FEST CELEBRATES
THE MAN/THE ICON WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND SCREENINGS
(Los Angeles) As difficult as it may be to believe, the legendary Bruce Lee, would have turned 70 years old this year. And while it may -- or perhaps not -- be difficult to imagine him as a septuagenarian still beating down bad guys, what can't be denied is decades after his passing, he remains as influential as ever.
In tribute to and in celebration of the martial arts, action film and cultural icon, the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, in association with his widow, Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon Lee and their Bruce Lee Enterprises, are organizing a Special Bruce Lee Program at this year's festival beginning sundown Friday, April 30 at the new Madang Center Courtyard in Los Angeles’ Koreatown with a free screening and other events throughout the weekend.
The Bruce Lee celebration kicks off with a free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION and after party on Friday, April 30 and continues the following day at noon with a special screening of ENTER THE DRAGON followed immediately by a panel discussion entitled, “How Bruce Lee Influenced Pop Culture” featuring daughter Shannon Lee, directors Reginald Hudlin (HOUSE PARTY, THE BOONDOCKS) and Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR, X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND), ENTER THE DRAGON co-star Bob Wall and musician Joseph Hahn from the rock band LINKIN PARK.
For the celebration’s finale, a special panel discussion entitled, BRUCE LEE: THE FAMILY MAN featuring Linda Cadwell and Shannon Lee and Goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto takes place 4 p.m. Sunday at The Directors Guild of America.
The full Bruce Lee Birthday Celebration schedule with details:
BRUCE LEE, CULTURAL ICON: 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival is pleased to collaborate with Bruce Lee Enterprises in honor of the 70th birthday of martial arts legend and Asian American cultural icon/actor Bruce Lee.
FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING:
THE CHINESE CONNECTION
Friday, April 30, 7PM, Madang the Courtyard (FREE Parking)
621 S. Western Ave. (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.),
Los Angeles - Koreatown.
Featuring a pre-screening live performance from rock band LiLA (Lost in Los Angeles) Event is free.
THE CHINESE CONNECTION is “the” film that introduced Bruce Lee to young urban and Asian American audiences (contains action and violence; parental guidance suggested) back in the 70’s!
FESTIVAL SCREENING and PANEL DISCUSSION:
ENTER THE DRAGON
Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m., Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 W. Sunset Blvd. (at Crescent Heights), West Hollywood, CA 90046
ENTER THE DRAGON is considered to be the quintessential Bruce Lee film with an all-star cast of marital artists and actors
Plus Panel Discussion: HOW BRUCE LEE INFLUENCED POP CULTURE
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. Includes a special post-screening panel with Shannon Lee, Directors Reginald Hudlin and Brett Ratner, martial artist/actor Bob Wall and rock musician Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park, and moderated by Phil Yu of angryasianman.com.
This screening and panel discussion is a “ticketed” event
Tickets available at www.vconline.org/festival or at box office.
SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION:
BRUCE LEE: THE FAMILY MAN
Sunday, May 2, 4:00 p.m., Directors Guild of America, Atrium
7920 Sunset Blvd. (one block west of Fairfax Ave.), West Hollywood, CA 90046
An intimate chat with widow Linda Lee Cadwell, daughter Shannon Lee, and moderated by director/stuntwoman/martial artist and God-daughter Diana Lee Inosanto
This event is free.
THE BRUCE LEE 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION is part of the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which also features 170 films from over 20 countries beginning April 29 and ending on May 8, 2010.
For more information on the film festival go to: www.vconline.org/festival
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is the Southland’s largest showcase for the best in Asian Pacific cinema. Since 1983, the Film Festival has presented over 3200 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and featured industry seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards.
The Festival is proud to be partnering with Toyota as the Official Vehicle Sponsor. Toyota once again will bring their cutting edge style to the Festival in their car displays. In addition, Toyota is making possible the music video showcase – Cinema Musica! – and rooftop after-party and hosting the free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION. The Festival is also proud to partner with the Directors Guild of America as the main screening venue during the Festival’s Opening Weekend. This state of the art theater is where the Festival will screen its Opening Night Film as well as both Centerpiece Films.
OFFICIAL VEHICLE SPONSOR – Toyota; PREMIERE – Directors Guild of America; GOLD - Wells Fargo; Time Warner Cable; OFFICIAL BEER SPONSOR – Stella Artois; Official Hotel SponsoR – Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown; Silver – Sony Pictures Entertainment; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Metro; Minika Ko Marketing; Bronze – Bali Film Center; Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort; Fox Entertainment Group; Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan); SAG Indie; Screen Actors Guild; Hollywood & Highland Center; Star – NBC Universal; CBS; Motion Picture Editors Guild; Union Bank; Verizon Wireless; Writers Guild of America, West; Flash Cuts; Eastman Kodak Company; Government Support – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act; National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Venue Sponsors – Directors Guild of America; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; Laemmle's Sunset 5; Madang the Courtyard; Festival Awards Sponsors – Movie Magic; Write Brothers, Inc.; Reception Sponsors – Kyochon Chicken; Jinro; Madang the Courtyard; Far Bar Chop Suey; Creative Floral Designs; LA18 KSCI-TV; Kirin; Media Sponsors – 89.3 KPCC; LA18 KSCI-TV; LA Weekly; angryasianman.com; Giant Robot