360 image of "BRONZE, BRASS, JAZZ", a Virtual Reality animation & collaboration with Kaleidoscope Studio
In our second collaboration with Los Angeles Conservancy, we created a pilot mini-series highligthing three significant places in Los Angeles LGBTQ History. Released in partnership with KCET on Lost LA, these films are also screening with panel discussions curated by LA Conservancy as part of an ongoing effort to preserve these stories.
NEXT SCREENING: April 20th at ONE NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN ARCHIVES
We are proud to announce the public release of WALKING WITH GRACE, a short 360º video documentary that highlights Little Tokyo places and streets through the perspective of Grace Chikui, a blind woman and long-time resident.
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Shot and produced in March 2016, WALKING WITH GRACE had its world premiere at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival in April 2016; as part of the program, INTERACTIVE LITTLE TOKYO! which launched FfF Interactive, a neighborhood-based immersive media initiative of FORM follows FUNCTION.
WALKING WITH GRACE is a presentation of FORM follows FUNCTION and Visual Communications, with VR Direction and Spatial Audio App/Design by Vicki Huang.
WALKING WITH GRACE THANK YOUS Our Star, GRACE CHIKUI, VR Director / Spatial Audio / Co-Director: Vicki Huang, Co-Director / Producer: Joel Quizon, Co-Director: Maya Santos, Graphics: Francisco Garcia Nava, Executive Producers: Eseel Borlasa, Sharon Lee, Visual Communications, Assistant Producer: Elaine Dolalas & everyone who donated to make this project possible!
In a press statement released July 7, the California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $56,000 to Visual Communications as part of its Creative California Communities program. The grant will be utilized to expand FfF Interactive Little Tokyo!, a multi-format transmedia project that was a highlight of the 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Visual Communications was one of only forty-one grantees statewide for this program.
In April 2017, FFF Interactive II features Bronzeville, Little Tokyo, the little known history from 1941-1943, when Little Tokyo was known as Bronvzeville. Utilizing 360 Virtual Reality and Projection Mapping, "Bronzeville, Little Tokyo" will highlight the rich history of jazz music, Breakfast Clubs and places that changed temporarily for 3 short years during the internment of the Japanese community.
This April, FfF launches a new initiative called FfF Interactive, which aims to use immersive technology to highlight the history of neighborhoods through local perspectives.
Through this initiative, FfF and Visual Communications, will unveil FfF Interactive Little Tokyo!, a spatial, interactive multi-media presentation that celebrates the diverse histories and viewpoints that make up the downtown Los Angeles community, Little Tokyo. Using virtual reality (VR) storytelling techniques and historic site-specific projection, this place-based exhibition aims to bring new interest on Little Tokyo’s rich legacy and histories often overlooked.
FfF Interactive Little Tokyo! will be on view on April 22nd - 23rd, 7-10pm at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Plaza in Little Tokyo as part of the 32nd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Digital Histories is one of Visual Communication's long-standing programs dedicated to teaching Seniors how to make documentaries. This year VC received a Cal Humanities grant to create a place-based thematic program and invited us to join them to help teach. We are more than excited and honored to help guide these students in making their own media about places! In the end, their work will screen at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Founded in 1970, VC has been a pioneer in the development of Asian Pacific American film, video, and media. Learn more HERE.
Shelter LA: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles features single and multi-family housing proposals in two of the city’s most fertile new development zones: the Wilshire Corridor, where a new subway extension will reach miles to the west; and the Los Angeles River, where a more than billion-dollar restoration is catalyzing a surge of new buildings.
FfF was invited to help contextualize these sites and pose our own question:
"How do people relate / adjust / adapt / coexist with a street and a river in flux? "
Shelter LA is on view now until November 6. Watch the full video HERE.
Opening the film will be a screening of "JEEPNEY", a 2015 remix of an FfF collaboration with Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) and My HiFi in Historic Filipino Town & "DROGA" (2014), one of by Miko Revereza.
Join FORM follows FUNCTION at Echo Park Film Center on Thursday, April 30th at 8pm for a special screening of a select short videos created with FfF collaborators and friends. Among the many videos shared will be early and recent works including the premiere of Olvera Street . For more info visit EPFC.
We are delighted to announce that our short, "ONE DAY IN L.A.: THE FUTURE OF UNION STATION", will be screening in the 2014 L.A. NEW URBANISM FILM FESTIVAL as part of the Architecture Short Film Series.
The National Asian Pacific Islander Historic Preservation Forum (APIAHiP) is a network of Preservationists working to preserve historic cultural sites specific to APIA communities throughout the U.S. Territories. FfF is delighted to join this year's forum in Washington DC to help document the tremendous work in this network and contribute to the dialogue.
Fresh off the chopping block are three videos for Skid Row Housing Trust featuring their Peer Advocacy Program. This documentary project follows the lives of four individuals who have transitioned from homelessness to living and working in Skid Row, helping others stabilize into housing and health.
Stay tuned for the release of these new videos coming soon!
Joel Quizon, Director & Maya Santos, Co-cinematographer/Editor, joined Susie Ibarra, Project Director, and Master Artist, Danny Kalanduyan in NY this July for a special screening of THE COTABATO SESSIONS at the Asia Society as part of the Asian American International Film Festival.
THE COTABATO SESSIONS is a project in collaboration with Song of the Bird King, LLC and Susie Ibarra, recording and documenting the music of Maguindanaon artists from a family of Master Musicians in Cotabato City, Philippines.