Instead of staying home and watching the Academy Awards on the boob tube, you walk down Cinespace’s red carpet with other celebs and attend the Visual Communications Oscar party , where you’ll be part of a community that is dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of Asian-Pacific Americans, their communities and heritage through the media arts. Founded in 1970, VC is a nonprofit organization that funds the creation and presentation of media works within this community. Its members — filmmakers, artists, photographers and educators — function as historical experts to educate the public by documenting events, creating learning kits, audiotaping personal stories, as well as photographing and collecting images to “keep things real” in the presentation of the arts. (Anyone recall Miyoshi Umeki as Mrs. Livingston in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father? Oy.) Just think: If any Oscar noms are guilty of stereotypical portrayals, you’ll be able to tell from all the booing and hissing.
Sun., March 7, 4 p.m., 2010

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