Vu Pham’s New Permutations at Cinema 21

LOVE IS STRONG, a triad of short films by writer/director Vu Pham, will screen at Cinema 21
on May 2nd at 3:00PM. The films will be introduced by Lawrence Johnson, an award-winning
director of the films Stuff and Hand Game. Following the screening will be a Q&A with Pham
and the films’ cast and crew.

Pham’s previous works includes My Brother (2014), a film exploring the ambivalent relationship
between a Vietnamese-American man and his estranged brother. It was featured at the San Diego
Asian Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Through nomenstatua, his film production company, Pham’s works explore the depths of
perception and the events that bring our deepest impulses crashing to the surface. Admittedly, he
is driven by a desire to delve into the ferment of broken people who struggle to make sense of
the unbearable weight of reality.

LOVE IS STRONG showcases three “permutations” inspired by feature film stories in varying stages of development.

WHAT: Film screening of LOVE IS STRONG and Q&A
WHERE: Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
WHEN: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
3:00PM – 5:15PM; Doors at 2:30PM
SPEAKERS: Introductions and Q&A moderated by 2012 RACC Fellow Lawrence
Johnson, featuring director Vu Pham with Cast & Crew
DETAILS: Open to the public; $5-10 suggested donation at the door

*Viewer discretion is advised

Unmistakably original, Vu’s films are brave, thought-provoking portraits of difficult relationships. He has a way of elevating his actors to heights they rightly deserve. Pham is a singular voice in the new wave of Portland film and his work should not be missed.
—Steven Richter, Director of BIRDS OF NEPTUNE and CENTRO DE GRAVIDADE

You won’t find a filmmaker working in the Pacific Northwest who is more daring, uncompromising or original than Vu Pham. His films are like precise, exploratory incisions, revealing garish slivers of reality full of dire portent and reeking of menace.
Larry Johnson, Director of STUFF and HAND GAME
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