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As Visual Communications celebrates 50 years, we look back at its 20th anniversary documentary film CLAIMING A VOICE: THE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS STORY. Join the Visual Communications family in an engaging conversation about the survival and collective process of the first arts group dedicated to productions by and about Asian Pacific Americans.


Abe Ferrer

Abraham Ferrer is the Archives and Distribution Manager at Visual Communications, who has been involved with the production and fabrication of museum and site-specific exhibitions including “Visual Communications: A Celebration of Community” as part of Photoville L.A, and “At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America,” co-produced with the Japanese American National Museum. He has also served as a program consultant for international film festivals including the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Cinemanila International Film Festival, and the Singapore International Film Festival; served on awards juries ranging from the Hawaii International Film Festival to the International Documentary Association; and has written extensively on issues relevant to the development of Asian Pacific American cinema.

Arthur Dong

Arthur Dong is an Oscar®-nominated and triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author and curator whose work centers on Asian American and LGBTQ stories. His films that investigate anti-gay prejudice include FAMILY FUNDAMENTALS, LICENSED TO KILL, and COMING OUT UNDER FIRE. His films about Asian Americans include SEWING WOMAN, FORBIDDEN CITY, USA, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR. His latest book Hollywood Chinese, a pictorial companion to his documentary by the same name, was selected as a "Critic's Choice” by The Los Angeles Times, and is one of "13 Smart Must-Read Books on Race and Hate" by The Advocate.

Walt Louie

Walt Louie has been in the broadcast media business since 1974. He has worked as a producer, director, associate director, editor and instructor. Originally from San Francisco, the son of immigrants, he has worked on productions in Los Angeles for over 35 years.

As an editor, he has worked on award-winning documentaries, independent films, feature

trailers, live sports coverage and commercials.He is the owner of Flash Cuts, an editorial studio and is a tenured professor at Santa Monica College in the Design Technology department.