EPFC is proud to be a Community Partner in the presentation of Miko Revereza’s No Data Plan as part of the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. A beloved member of the Echo Park Film Center family, Miko’s powerful new experimental documentary screens at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles at 5 pm on Sunday, May 5.
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Named as one of 2018’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film to Watch,” director Miko Revereza challenges formal conventions of filmmaking while amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. Building upon his earlier work, Disintegration, 93-96, a poignant film essay concerning his family’s relocation from Manila to the US, Revereza harnesses the immediate tools at hand—his camera, his smartphone, his itinerant life, and his unique purview as a stranger in a strange land—to construct this evocative meditation on home and homelands.
Through static long shots and voice over narrations, Revereza records his physical and psychological journey from Los Angeles to NY aboard a cross-country train. The screen is confined to his point-of-view but this seeming restriction opens up a vast mental canvas for a rapid fire stream-of-consciousness that invite us in as confidentes and co-conspirators while in turn, keep us at a cautionary distance. In the spirit of Chantal Akerman’s NEWS FROM HOME, this alienation effect emulates Revereza’s own as he review his own uncanny sense of rootlessness and rootedness as a new American and specifically, a Filipino-American.
Over the course of his travelogue, we may question whether this qualifier – that proverbial hyphen – matter in this era of globalization where we are so connected through screens that national and ethnic identities blur in the disembodied void of the digital? Revereza wants you to decide yourself based on your own experience negotiating both local and global spaces – whether roaring along on the rails, traipsing across airport terminals, to meandering along familiar city streets on foot. Ultimately, his own train of thought crescendos to a near halt when border patrol agents enter the picture and reverie lay waste to grim reality. —Lindy Leong
Co-presented with Community Partners: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance | Los Angeles (APALA-LA), Echo Park Film Center
Check out the newest member of the EPFC mobile fleet when the LA AIRport hosts a direct animation workshop for the wee ones as part of the Itsy Bitsy Shorts program at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Saturday May 4 at 10 am.
Wonder, discover, and be captivated at this eye popping and ear perking hodge-podge of sights and sounds for all ages. Selected by the family team of Glenda Gamboa, Children’s Librarian and mom, Kamayo Quizon, Pre-Teen Movie Aficionado and son, and Joel Quizon, the dad. — Joel Quizon
Screening is followed by a performance from artist Joyce Kwon on the gayageum and a children’s activity by Echo Park Film Center at the JANM courtyard.
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Special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the LA AIRport and LA AIRport programming!