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9th Annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2013

Brilliart Films was very proud to host the 9th Annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival last month. This annual film festival is run by OCA Greater Houston, which is an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.

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Despite the heat of Houston summer, the four-day festival attracted hundreds of fans, supporters, as well as movie lovers in the area. The community was well served with different kinds of films from documentary to story; and was also touch with different emotions – humor, happiness, sympathy, compassion and admiration… Those selected films helped addressing certain issues in our society. For example, A Village called Versailles (directed by S. Leo Chiang) was an incredible story of a little-known, tight-knit community fighting to regain justice and also not to lose their homes again. Or Post-Racial (directed by Tim Tsai) was a short pressing on the matter of racial stereotypes. There’re also stories about the gap between generations, the disadvantage of being minority, the pursue of American Dream, and so much more.
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 The film festival was closed with an Art Night showcasing performances of young and talented local artists in Houston. Everyone coming to the event was entertained greatly and very much appreciated OCA’s effort of putting everything together for the good of the community. As a community’s partner, we cannot wait for what’s coming at next year’s film festival.

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Brilliart Films Grand Opening 2013

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Brilliart  celebrated its grand  opening in a spectacular fashion. We had a chance to showcase our new DIY infinity wall  and all of our past and present projects in photography and videography. It truly was a timeline of awesomeness and great memories.The guest arrived and the Brilliart family welcomed them with open arms.

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The guest were accommodated with a variety of great food, free professional headshots, and Brilliart gift bags filled to the brim with goodies. And a raffle for a chance  to win a free professional photo session. Brilliiart spared no expense hiring Houston’s top rated pianist to enchant  guests.  Brad and Tengah, two co-founders of Brilliart, did an especially exquisite job hosting and mingling with the guests. When i talked to Ben he said it brought him utter joy to watch Tengah work the worm and turn on her charm. “So very few people can effortly do that.”

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The guest all enjoyed themselves and were very interested, captivated,  and enthusiastic about  Brilliart’s body of work, they couldn’t stop asking questions about the companies future, and the Brilliart family was more than happy to answer them all. The event was a crowning achievement to have all friends and colleagues stand before as the two co-founders cut the cherry red ribbon to officially open Brilliart.

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Brilliart has truly come into its own and will only get bigger and better as time progresses. Brilliart showed the guest something very different, and very special. I see big things for Brilliart in the future, the best is yet to come. A very special thank you  to the entire Brilliart family without whom this grand occasion could not have been possible. Justin wasn’t available for questioning he was busy editing and working on upcoming Brilliart projects. His work ethic is the  epitome of what Brilliart stands for.

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-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

THE OTHER SIDE – SHORT FILM PRIVATE SCREENING

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In the morning it was busy, busy, busy, with a lot of hustle and bustle, things were moving and grooving. The whole Brilliart family was hard at work with precise preparation and careful attention to detail, setting up the decorations, food, and entertainment. We turned a regular empty space into a magnificent viewing room that was warm, comfortable, and cozy.

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As the guest arrived they enjoyed the delicious variety of food and had the pleasure of listening to one of Houston’s finest pianist, Scott Graham

All the guest seemed to be really enjoying themselves in the comfort of the Brilliart facilities. It was a small reunion for “The Other Side” cast and crew. There was plenty of talking, laughing, and beautiful memories being created, then the room went black, the film was shown, the audience was captivated by the emotional depth and outlook “The Other Side” explored.

The film was followed by a series of questions by an intrigued audience, eager to know more about the film and it’s future. Brilliart’s editor had a special surprise for the entire cast and crew he showed a behind the scenes look at “The Other Side”.

The video was inspiring, comedic, and filled with tons of heart, showing just a taste of how one idea turned into such a big story. There was only one minor audio defect but those are mistakes you take, learn, and grow from, you move forward and never look back. But even that little mishap couldn’t tarnish how great the film was and how successful the night had been.


-Written by Bentura Mendoza-