Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American & Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization has created award winning productions, nurtured and given voice to our youth, promoted new artistic talent, presented new cinema, and preserved our visual histories.

Films by Visual Communications

Yuki Shimoda: Asian American Actor

YUKI SHIMODA: ASIAN AMERICAN ACTOR celebrates the thirty-year acting career of the late Yuki Shimoda, reflecting his achievements and career disappointments typical of the minority actor.

Wataridori: Birds of Passage

This important tribute to the issei (first generation Japanese Americans) integrates the stories of three people who describe a collective history through their personal memories.

Kites and Other Tales

In KITES AND OTHER TALES, kite maker Tom Joe seeks to preserve the craft of kite making as well as the traditional Asian folklore behind it.

To Be Me: Tony Quon

Tony, an active ten-year-old Chinese immigrant, describes adjusting to an American school. Tony describes his first impressions of "strange new classrooms", as the film journeys with him through Los Angeles.

...I Told You So

…I TOLD YOU SO weaves scenes of Japanese American poet and professor Lawson Inada’s life with his writings.

Cruisin' J-Town

CRUISIN’ J-TOWN celebrates the music and influences of contemporary Asian American culture on Dan Kuramoto, June Okida Kuramoto, and Johnny Mori — three musicians who make up the core of the jazz fusion band Hiroshima.

City City

This experimental narrative piece offers an abstract view of a contemporary city and the people who inhabit it

Pieces of a Dream

A lyrical, expressive film history of Asian Pacific Americans on the Sacramento River delta.

Wong Sinsaang

WONG SINSAANG is a lyrical portrait of the filmmaker’s father, a proprietor of a dry-cleaning business in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood.

Chinatown 2-Step

Capturing the all-American fervor of parade competition, CHINATOWN 2-STEP profiles the Los Angeles Chinese Drum and Bugle Corps, an important fixture of the Chinese American community.