Festival Organization

Visual Communications

Based in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles, VC was founded in 1970 by a group of pioneering independent filmmakers to record, collect, and preserve a visual record of Asian Pacific American cultural heritage. VC originally worked as a film collective, concentrating on honestly portraying accurate images of Asian Americans and meticulously capturing pivotal social movements. VC produced groundbreaking works about the Asian American experience, including: CHINATOWN 2-STEP, a documentary on the suburbanization of Chinese American community in Los Angeles and the role of the Chinatown Drum and Bugle Corps; MANONG, a film on the first generation Filipino American immigrants; and WATARIDORI, a documentary on early Japanese American immigrant pioneers. VC published three books, In Movement: A Pictorial History of Asian Pacific America, Little Tokyo: One Hundred Years in Pictures, and Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts. Productions were used for education and activism that addressed setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource for researchers of the Asian Pacific American movements. The Archives’ purpose is to document the history of the organization by organizing, preserving, and creating access to a variety of media art and primary materials recording impactful political moments and depicting the Asian Pacific American heritage for staff use, as well as by scholars who are interested in Visual Communications’ role in the Asian American communities and history. The holdings include over 300,000 photographic images, 1,500 titles in the Media Resource Library, 100 films and videos produced by Visual Communications, and over 1,000 hours of oral histories of pan-Asian Pacific American content. As a valuable resource of Asian media art representations, The Archives is open to a wide variety of users, and we encourage the public, artists, filmmakers, students, faculty and others to pursue an intercultural understanding of the Asian American heritage. VC’s vision for the archives is to accurately reflect and represent the diversity of the American populace and to cement Asian Pacific American experiences in the historical record through the preservation, access, and dissemination of our materials, which provide historical context and insight of Asian Pacific American influence not only for Asian Pacific Americans, but also for all Americans. Please refer to our list of holdings for more information: http://fromthevcvault.wordpress.com/vc-archives-collections/

La Senora Research Institute

Films, Recordings, Book Archives include the works of * Jose Mojica, Mexican opera star;" The Valentino of Latin Films". * Anita Loos and Mary Anita Loos Sale - Films, scripts, Books * Lyle Wheeler - Films * Leo Carillo - Films * Dolores Del Rio - Films The work/study program Interns from UCLA/LMU and Mt. St. Mary's have resulted in an LSRI program to acquire copies of works of the 1930's of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. These artists were the guest of playwright Anita Loos. La Senora's Chamber Music Series feature music from the classic films of all former Hacienda residents.

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division

The City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division has a portable visual art collection produced by contemporary artists, including works by seventy-five Southern Californians. It also maintains a permanent collection of public art sculpture and urban design murals. These collections are intended to enrich the lives of the city’s residents and visitors; they also document the history of art in Santa Monica and illustrate the city’s role in the professional art world. "ArtSea," a comprehensive guide to the galleries, museums, clubs, bookstores, landmarks, and other cultural resources in the City of Santa Monica, is available from the Cultural Affairs Division.

Paley Center for Media

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. In 2001, the museum initiated a process to acquire Internet programming for the collection. Programs in the museum's permanent collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS)

Since 1989, CARS has been breaking down barriers between the public and the arts. It offers Los Angeles artists and artists visiting the area guidance and access to the local resources they need for their work and for reaching new audiences. CARS also consults on the production of events in public venues and on the creation of new public spaces for the arts in urban settings. CARS maintains a state-of-the-art database of over fifty-seven thousand artists, arts organizations, venues, and audience members. This contemporary and constantly updated database is used to provide mailing lists to artists and as a networking tool. In addition, CARS has published two resource guides for artists: Doing It Right in LA (1990) and Southern California Performing Arts Venues (1993). CARS is not a collecting organization.

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Outfest's collection is based on sixteen years of presenting films and videos about the gay and lesbian community. Although much of the collection is not Los Angeles-based, Los Angeles is referenced a great deal. The collection contains approximately five hundred titles.