FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margot Gerber
323/461-2020, ext. 115
September 25, 2000

IN OCTOBER THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S
INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE
THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN PRESENTS
TWO FILMS DEALING WITH RACISM AND JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMPS:
OLD MAN RIVER & short "Shangri-la Cafe" (Oct. 12)

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque's THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT
FILM SHOWCASE. presents two films that deal with American racism towards the
Japanese during and after World War II in October. The award-winning OLD MAN
RIVER (74 min.) directed by Allan Holzman ("Survivors of the Holocaust")
screens on Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 PM with Lily Mariye's short film
"Shangri-la Café." (19 min.). This evening is co-presented with the IFP/West
's Festival Buzz series. Written and performed by Cynthia Gates Fujikawa,
OLD MAN RIVER is an unusual and incredibly moving portrait of a daughter
trying to know her stoic father, years after his death. Her father, Jerry
Fujikawa, was a well-known character actor who played many sterotypical
Asian roles over the course of a long career in TV and film that followed
his release from Japanese internment camp after WW II. This non-fiction film
has more shocking secrets and drama than your average fictional feature.
Filmmakers are scheduled to appear in person at their respective screenings
subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler
Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. &
McCadden Place).

OLD MAN RIVER (74 min.) & "Shangri-la Café" (19 min.):   Thursday, October
12th /7:30 PM
The evening is co-presented with the IFP/West's Festival Buzz series.
This unusual and incredibly moving portrait of a daughter trying to know her
stoic father years after his death, combines writer/performer Cynthia Gates
Fujikawa's acclaimed, multi-media, one woman stage performance, with a
stirring collage of moving and still images that mesh to reveal an
astoundingly tragic and complex American family history. The Fujikawa family
's lives were ravaged by
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WW II, US Japanese internment, racism, bi-racial and broken marriages,
mental illness, attempted suicide, loss, estrangement -- and ultimately, the
suffering of the children. The impact of having an emotionally distant
father was profound. Fujikawa seeks to discover her father's life before she
was born, in an effort to understand him. But perhaps the facts of his life
are not enough. Why did he erase his first family? Why does he never speak
of his internment? While she struggles to forgive herself for allowing her
tight-lipped father to take the mysterious secrets of his past to his grave,
she does so with a keen sense of life's ironies. In fact, her father was
public persona Jerry Fujikawa, a prolific "Oriental character actor" who
played in everything from Jerry Lewis comedies to the roles of the Chinese
gardener in CHINATOWN and Korean, "Whiplash Willy" on M*A*S*H. The strength
of Fujikawa's story-telling, (compared in the press to that of Spalding
Gray), is in her ability to connect her personal story to larger political
and social issues and to analyze and dissect -- and to be angry - angry for
what she lost by never really knowing her dad -- and for what was lost by
the thousands of Japanese-Americans who quietly suffered inexcusable
indignities at the hand of the US government during WW II. Directed,
photographed and edited by Emmy Award-Winning Director Allan Holzman
("Survivors of the Holocaust"). OLD MAN RIVER is the winner of the 1999
American Cinema Editors EDDIE for Best Edited Documentary and it won the
People's Choice, Heart of the Festival and Best on Human Rights, Vermont
International Film Festival, as well as Best Documentary at Cinequest, San
Jose.
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa and Allan Holzman will appear for discussion
following the screening.
With short: Lily Mariye's "Shangri-la Cafe" (19 min.) In post-WW II Las
Vegas a little girl tries to make sense of racism when she witnesses her
Japanese American parents trying to pass themselves off as Chinese -- and
being told they can no longer serve black customers in their restaurant. The
short will precede the feature film.
"An act of love. a poignant reminder of how difficult it is for parents and
children to know one another. - Jay Carr, Boston Globe  "Most important, she
finds universality in her very personal tale." -- Chris Wright, The Boston
Phoenix
Allan Holzman & Cynthia Gates Fujikawa will appear for discussion following
the film. A reception in the courtyard will follow. Lily Mariye will also
appear for a brief discussion following her short film.
Los Angeles-based filmmakers Allan Holzman & Cynthia Gates Fujikawa are
alvailable for interview. Lily Mariye is available through her publicist
Sylvi Brown at 562.947.7911 or scbrownpr@msn.com. Both films are available
for press preview. Press kits and art are available from the filmmaker for
"Shangri-la Café" and from the Cinematheque for OLD MAN RIVER.

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COMING IN NOVEMBER TO ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: RES FEST the all digital film
festival will present their festival in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre
Nov. 1-3, 2000. For more information and press inquiries see their website:
www.resfest.com. November 16th is a new independent film called NOW
CHINATOWN about a sensitive and artistic young Chinese woman who lives like
an indentured slave in modern day Los Angeles' Chinatown.
Ticket prices are $7 general admission. Additional general information is
attached to the HOLLYWOOD ON HOLLYWOOD press release.
The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond.,
the American Cinematheque's on-going series focusing on independent and new
forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent
film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for
independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial
distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month, it
promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select
Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, HABIT, STAR MAPS and
THE LAST BIG THING.
 The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of
fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot
Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland
Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028.  Include a SASE if you would like
your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane.
 The American Cinematheque is a sponsor of the Skyy Short Film Award. For
information about submitting your short film, please see www.skyy.com.
Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2001. Entrants must be 21 years
of age or over.
 For information about the Alternative Screen or other American Cinematheque
events, please call 323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT
NOTICE.
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