George Takei Film Opens LA Asian Pacific Film Fest at DGA

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A documentary film on the life of actor George Takei, Sundance favorite “To Be Takei,” opens the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Director’s Guild.

“To Be Takei, directed by Jennifer Kroot, and produced by Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam, chronicles the actor-activist’s years on the popular film and TV series “Star Trek,” as well as his civil rights and marriage equality advocacy.

The festival will present nearly 150 films that showcase the voices of Asian Pacific Americans and Asian people from around the world, from May 1-11 at the DGA, CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM in Little Tokyo, and the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

The centerpiece film is the Nora Ephron prize winner from the Tribeca Film Festival, “Farah Goes Bang.” Directed by Meera Menon, the road-trip comedy follows a woman in her 20s who tries to lose her virginity while on the road campaigning for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004.

The 11-day festival, which also kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, will pay tribute to Hollywood legends Sessue Hayakawa and Tyrus Wong.

For the festival lineup and more information see

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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