The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Form follows Function and Visual Communications present

“Bronzeville, Little Tokyo”
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, April 29-30

a multi-media site-specific activation of Historic First Street North



The opening weekend of the 360 Virtual Reality (VR) animation inspired by stories of Bronzeville. This 3-minute VR piece evokes the spirit of late night jam sessions at breakfast clubs, and fabled stories about jazz great Charlie Parker, from his memorable stay at the Civic Hotel (1st and San Pedro) to a brief residency at the Finale Club (230 1/2 East First Street). Be the first to experience this 1940s dreamscape this weekend! A collaboration of Kaleidoscope Media Studio and Form follows Function.


Historic Nishi Building

369 E. 1st Street, LA, CA 90012
SAT, 4/29 | 3−10PM
SUN, 4/30 | 3−8PM

Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM




Using projection mapping and audio reactive technology in this historic building, "Memory Bank" is a 2-day installation and open mic that encourages you to share memories and reflections of Bronzeville and Little Tokyo. Stories will be recorded and audiences of all ages are invited to be part of this documentation. See featured speakers at 5pm on both days. A collaboration of yaknowlike studios and Form follows Function.

Historic Nishi Building
369 E. 1st Street, LA, CA 90012
SAT, 4/29 | 3−10PM
SUN, 4/30 | 3−8PM

Open Mic Hours with featured guests:
SAT, 4/29 | 5PM & 8PM
SUN, 4/30 | 5PM



The spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play "Bronzeville" by Robey Theatre Company featuring Nikia Chaney and Clarence "Chazz" Ross, and viewing stations for the VR animation "Bronze, Brass, Jazz".

* Hosted by Alison De La Cruz & Kathie Foley-Meyer
* Altar for Bronzeville & Little Tokyo, by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
* Coffee by Cafe’ Santo

Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM

“Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” is a presentation of original multi-media work inspired by an overlooked moment in history known as Bronzeville. For a brief period in the 40’s when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo, this area was known as Bronzeville. Inspired by this period, Form follows Function and Visual Communications present a special two-day program on the weekend of April 29 and 30, 2017.

This project is funded by California Arts Council. Thanks to the support of Little Tokyo Service Center +LAB.
Media support from dublab. 

369 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The programs will take place at two significant sites on Historic First Street North; these locations were the main evacuation sites in Little Tokyo during Executive Order 9066, which forcibly removed the Japanese community from their homes 75 years ago. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” is a moment to reflect on a moment of transformation for this neighborhood. From Executive Order 9066 and the displacement of thousands of Japanese and Japanese-Americans to the migration of thousands of African-Americans from the South, Bronzeville was a home for many. It was where some of the earliest multi-ethnic communities took shape in Los Angeles amidst racially restrictive covenants, in a place where “the sun never went down...”


About Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented APRIL 27 - MAY 4TH, 2017 at select cinemas in the Los Angeles area. A key highlight of the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month activities, the Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike. Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 4,000 films, videos, and digital mediaworks by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.

About Visual Communications

Visual Communications is the nation’s premier Asian American and Pacific Islander media arts organization. Founded in 1970, the organization’s mission is to develop and support the voices of AAPI filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Our programming includes: the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; the Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists; the Digital Histories media production and digital storytelling program for senior citizens; and C3: The Conference for Creative Content. Visual Communications is also home to the VC Archives, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on Asian Pacific experiences in America.


About FORM follows FUNCTION

FORM follows FUNCTION (FfF) is a collaborative documentary media studio of filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians, and artists who are passionate about the built environment, history, and place. FfF seeks to create media that nurtures awareness and engagement with our surroundings, and highlights people with unique relationships to the space around them. Since 2011, FfF has produced 30+ short documentaries, recently including 360 Virtual Reality (VR), and site-specific media installations about various places throughout Los Angeles. Bronzeville, Little Tokyo is the second installment of FfF Interactive, a neighborhood-based immersive media initiative of FORM follows FUNCTION.


About #MyFSN

#MyFSN is a Little Tokyo community movement to reverse a history of being pushed out of our historic neighborhood and take back a vital area, essential to the sustainable future of Little Tokyo. Little Tokyo Service Center’s creative community development strategy, +LAB, is working with three organizations—East West Players, Visual Communications and the Japanese American National Museum—to elevate their cultural and artistic work and draw attention to the importance of First Street North. Bronzeville, Little Tokyo as a project, is part of this effort.


BRONZEVILLE, LITTLE TOKYO credits // Creative Director: Maya Santos, Co-Producers: Maya Santos, Joel Quizon; Graphic Design: Rani de Leon, Maya Santos; Research: Project Bronzeville, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Eseel Borlasa, Maya Santos; Assistant Producer: Elaine Dolalas; Executive Producers: Visual Communications, Francis Cullado, Chanel Kong, Rachelle Samson; Publicist: Eseel Borlasa; Project Advisor: Kathie Foley- Meyer. MEMORY BANK credits // Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Producer: Maya Santos. BRONZE, BRASS, JAZZ credits // Co-Directors: Javier Barboza of Kaleidoscope Media Studio & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Co-Producers: Javier Barboza, Eseel Borlasa, Joel Quizon; Executive Producers: Visual Communications, Eseel Borlasa; VR Director: Adriana Copete; VR Editor: Reggie Lamar Ford; Original Score: Dexter Story Music Publishing; VR Tech Consultant: Vicki Huang; Assistant Animator: Meejin Hong; 3D Modeler: Eric Pato; Sound Designer: Eric Pepper. SUNDAY AT THE OLD UNION CHURCH credits // live music by the bronzeville union // Bandleader, Composer, Drums: Dexter Story; Trumpet: Josef Leimberg; Saxophone: Josh Johnson; Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe; Upright bass: Trevor Ware; Producer: Rani de Leon; Hosts: Kathie Foley-Meyer, Alison De La Cruz; Altar: Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan; Coffee: Café Santo. BRONZEVILLE credits // Directors: Robey Theatre Company, Tim Toyama, Aaron Woolfolk; Mama Janie: CeCelia Antoinette*; percussionist: Clarence “Chazz” Ross. FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS // Dublab, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Café Santo. SPECIAL THANKS // Eseel Borlasa, Francis Cullado, Lakan de Leon, Abe Ferrer, Clement Hanami, Kathie Foley- Meyer, Ellen Endo, Gwen Muranaka, Vicki Huang, Southwest Offset Printing, Ben Guillory, Dwain Perry, Clarence “Chazz” Ross, CeCelia Antoinette*, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan, Mike Ichiro Murase, Martha Nakagawa, Dominique Miller, Remy De La Peza, Alison De La Cruz, Michael Okamura