LAAPFF Announces Opening Night Selection: ‘Yellow Rose’

The legendary Yellow Rose of Texas… is Asian? At least at the 35th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, she will be.

This year, LAAPFF will kick off opening night with the world premiere of “Yellow Rose.” The film follows the story of a young, headstrong Filipina who grew up in a small Texas town looking to make her mark in the state’s honkytonk scene while fighting the threat of deportation. This year’s LAAPFF will run from May 2-10 in theaters throughout the Los Angeles area and will feature over 100 films. The festival’s full line-up will be announced on Monday, April 1.

The film was written by first time director Diane Paragas and stars Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Rose and Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated actress Lea Salonga. ‘Yellow Rose’ also features Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (“Boyhood”) and Texas country music favorite, Dale Watson. With its unique take on East-meets-the-Wild-West, “Yellow Rose” seeks to challenge and redefine what it means to be American.

Eva Noblezeda with Dale Watson.

“I am so humbled that our film has been chosen for this honor,” Paragas said. “‘Yellow Rose’ has taken over 15 years to make and couldn’t come at a more important time when anti-immigrant sentiment is at an all-time high. This is a story for everyone facing challenges in finding their voice, their dreams and, more importantly, their home.”

‘Yellow Rose’ will screen on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. Members of the cast and crew will be holding a Q&A after the screening. For more information about the film, festival or tickets, check out LAAPFF’s website here.