While local cinephiles are rightfully counting down the days until the Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off (and don't forget to pick up our cover story on the shindig in two weeks!), another movie series has quietly created its own tradition of excellence. Now in its sixth year, the Vietnamese International Film Festival celebrates Vietnamese and Vietnamese diaspora filmmakers in a two-weekend engagement that showcases 69 films, including 18 features—the most screened at the festival to date. The theme this year is "Flash Back || Flash Forward," celebrating cinematic achievements of filmmakers from the past to the most recent contributions from Vietnamese filmmakers today. And though space prohibits a full discussion of each entry (maybe we can squeeze in a cover for them next year ...), consider the following blurbs a quick intro to a film tradition ready to assert itself among the... More >>>