PAAFF PHILADELPHIA ASIAN AMERICAN
FILM FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 13–23, 2013
2013 PAAFF 1
FREE LIVE EVENT
MAINSTREAMING DIVERSITY IN FILM & TV SUSAN JIN DAVIS
Saturday, Nov. 16th 5:00pm |I-House
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MODERATED BY: RICHARD LUI MSNBC/NBC News Anchor/Reporter PANELISTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR INCLUDE: SUSAN JIN DAVIS Comcast Cable, Senior VP KELLY EDWARDS HBO, VP Talent Development SUN KIM Director, “Innocent Blood” SUJU VIJAYAN Director, “The Playback Singer” MIKE BLUM Producer, “The Playback Singer” 2013 PAAFF
In recent years, mainstream film and television productions have seen increasing on-screen appearances and behind-the-scenes involvement by people of color, including Asian Americans. However, even as Hollywood has begun to recognize and depict the diverse fabric of American culture, obstacles remain reconciling a shared Pan Asian identity amid distinct ethnicities and mixed race backgrounds. PAAFF’13 presents a lively panel celebrating the increased diversity of talent in mainstream media and the struggle to recognize and share the stories of Asian Americans in film and television.
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PAAFF‘13 Sponsors / 05 Letters From The Governor & Mayor / 06 Staff Listing / 07
Chink / 27 Shorts Program 2
Odds & Ends Variety / 28
Welcome Letter From The Festival Director / 08
Welcome Letter From The Program Director / 10
Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey / 30
Festival Schedules / 12–13
Closing Night Screening
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The Playback Singer / 33
Launch Night Screening
Sake-Bomb / 15
The Kung Fu Lesson / 35
Opening Night Screening
Someone I Used To Know / 16
Big In Bollywood / 36
The Gauntlet / 19
Shorts Program 3
Family Friendly & Animation / 37
Tiger Mask / 20
Shorts Program 4
People In Transition / 38
Shorts Program 1
Sci-Fi & Horror / 22 Narrative Screening
Hafu / 39 Features & Short Films Juries / 40
Thank Yous / 42
The Haumana / 23 Innocent Blood / 24
LETTERS FROM THE GOVERNOR & MAYOR
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PHUONG NGUYEN Festival Director
QUYNH-MAI NGUYEN Creative Director
BALLARD SPAHR LLP Legal Counsel
It is my pleasure to join with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) to welcome everyone gathered here for the 2013 festival.
It is a pleasure to join you in welcoming patrons and guests to the 6th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, November 13 through 23, 2013.
BRAD BALDIA Co-Festival Director
RON LU Creative Professional
JOE KIM Emeritus Board Chair and Founder
MICHAEL WINGATE JONES Managing Director
ZEYNEP GUNBAY Creative Professional
ROB BUSCHER Programming Director
HYE-HYUN BAE Food Director
BILL YAU Marketing Director
SHIELLA CERVANTES REEMA KANZARIA Festival Staff
Pennsylvania thrives on its vibrant cultural heritage and Asian Americans represent a vital component to our Commonwealth’s diverse ethnic and social community. Since its inception in 2008, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has remained dedicated to educating others about the Asian American culture through film production. This year’s PAAFF provides an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to celebrate the Asian American community and highlight the contributions they have made to our society. I extend my sincere gratitude to the organization and its supporters, and it is my hope that this festival will continue to grow and reach a diverse audience for years to come. As Governor, and on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I am pleased to welcome everyone gathered at the 2013 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable event.
Tom Corbett Governor 2013
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is a singular event in Philadelphia presenting films written, produced, directed, and about Asian Americans. Sine the founding of the nonprofit organization Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers in 2008, the Festival has existed as its signature celebration to showcase culturally relevant films and offer insightful works of film artistry to ever increasing and diverse audiences throughout the City. During the eleven days of film screenings and events, audiences are invited to take part in post film discussions with filmmakers and actors, special live events, as well as special receptions and parties. In 2010, the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress recognized PAAFF with the Share the Heritage Award and in 2012, International Houses—Philadelphia acknowledged PAAFF with the International Vision Award. On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, I commend PAAFF Festival Director Phuong Nguyen and Co-Festival Director Brad Baldia, along with the dedicated PAAFF staff, for presenting this artistic initiative to expose and educate Philadelphia’s regional audiences to the high caliber of films produced by Asian American filmmakers.
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DO YOUNG AHN Program Guide Designer
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Documentary Features: Rob Buscher Phuong Nguyen Herb White Short Films: Rob Buscher Daniel Chen Robert LaCorte 2013 PAAFF
Congratulation on achieving this important five-year milestone for the Festival in 2012. I wish you a very rewarding series of programs and events and all deserved success in the future.
ALEX WONG Staff Videographer/photographer
Narrative Features: Rob Buscher Shiella Cervantes Michael Wingate Jones
Michael A. Nutter Mayor 6
Dear PAAFF Fans and Supporters, Welcome to the 6th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Presented by HBO (PAAFF ’13), the first event of its kind in Philadelphia— a film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience. Over the past 6 years, PAAFF has proudly presented dozens of culturally relevant film programs to a broad and diverse audience. Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers is built upon the dedicated and talented volunteers who have run this nonprofit organization under the leadership of Joe Kim since 2008 in an effort to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films by and about Asian Americans primarily through an annual film festival as well as year round events.
I wanted to take the opportunity to say a big “Thank you!” to the PAAFF staff and volunteers who worked so hard in putting this year’s film festival together. They truly are a dedicated and talented crew who have been very cooperative in working together and in making this film festival a success. I could not have done this without them and if you see a staff member, please say, “Thank you” to them for their help in putting this together. And last but not least, thank you for supporting the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival this year! Watching great films that you rarely get to see together with other people in the community on the big screen is such a great experience and I can’t wait to share that experience with you! Cheers to many more years to come!
Warmest Regards, 2013 PAAFF
I wanted to share with you a personal message of my journey as the new Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival or PAAFF. Some of my journey involved exploring other film festival such as the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, The Asian American International Film Festival in New York, NY, and even the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival right here in Philadelphia. Though I wish I was able to make other film festivals, especially those focusing on other cultures than my own, I’ve learned the importance of having cultural film festivals like PAAFF.
For example, If I would never seen the film, “America” in the Filadelfia LAFF, I would have never known the inspirational story of a young woman living in Puerto Rico and her struggle and triumph in getting out of an abusive relationship. Or films like “Architect: 101” shown at the Silk Screen AAFF which taught me about some lessons in friendship, relationships and love. And documentaries like “Hafu” that show the beauty of merging cultures which I enjoyed at the AAIFF, which is also our festival finale film this year. It is films like these that one rarely gets to see that could change one’s perspective in life forever.
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LETTER FROM PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR
One of the great challenges of being a Festival Programmer is when people ask, “What’s really good?” Well obviously I think all the films are very good, otherwise I wouldn’t have programmed them! That being said there are a few events from our program that I’d like to highlight. Our Launch Night Film, “Sake-Bomb” is a road trip dramedy hilariously contrasting the cultures of a Japanese American and his Japanese cousin on a mission to reclaim lost love.
Opening Night heats up with the star-studded ensemble film “Someone I Used to Know,” about three former high school friends who reunite for a night of revelry and personal revelations. Starring Brian Yang (Hawaii 5-0) and Rex Lee (Entourage), this is a film you don’t want to miss, not to mention the FREE Reception for all ticket holders.
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Our Centerpiece Film, “Innocent Blood,” is a nonstop thrill ride that takes us through the seedy underworld of LA’s Asian crime scene as Detective James Park played by Jun Sung Kim (West 32nd, Man-choo) races against the clock to save his abducted son. Also, starring C.S. Lee (Dexter). 2013’s Closing Night Film, “The Playback Singer,” starring Navi Rawat (The O.C., Numb3rs) is a family dramedy about Priya and her out of work husband whose relationship is tested as her estranged Indian playback singer father stays for an extended visit. Poignantly addressing the importance of one’s heritage, this film will also be followed by a FREE Reception for ticket holders. The Festival Finale Film, “Hafu” is a feature length documentary that explores challenging circumstances that face the growing numbers of mixed race Japanese, a concept that is easily relatable to all peoples of mixed descent. Finally I want to mention the four FREE Shorts Programs, which I can honestly say are my favorite bit of programming. This year we doubled the amount of short films we are showing to a whopping 26 films! Pay attention to these filmmakers because I guarantee they will be doing big things in the future. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy this year’s program!
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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13
FRIDAY, NOV. 15
7:00pm | I-House
6:30pm | I-House LAUNCH NIGHT SCREENING 9:30–11PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 16
CENTERPIECE SCREENING 9:30–11PM
TIGER MASK 8:30pm | I-House
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
FRIDAY, NOV. 22
ODDS & ENDS VARIETY SHORTS PROGRAM 2
THE KUNG FU LESSON 6:00pm | Asian Arts Initiative
1:00pm | I-House
BIG IN BOLLYWOOD LOST CHILD: SAYON’S JOURNEY
7:30pm | Asian Arts Initiative
3:30pm | I-House INNOCENT BLOOD
THE PLAYBACK SINGER
SATURDAY, NOV. 23
6:00pm | I-House
SCI FI HORROR GENRE SHORTS PROGRAM 1 12:00pm | I-House
THURSDAY, NOV. 14
SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW
7:00pm | I-House
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION 9:30–11PM
CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION 8–9PM
2:30pm | I-House
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FAMILY FRIENDLY & ANIMATION SHORTS PROGRAM 3 2:30pm | Asian Arts Initiative
PEOPLE IN TRANSITION SHORTS PROGRAM 4 3:15pm | Asian Arts Initiative
MAINSTREAMING DIVERSITY IN FILM & TV PANEL
5:00pm | I-House
5:30pm | Asian Arts Initiative
FESTIVAL VENUES IHouse (International House) 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia AAI (Asian Arts Initiative) 1219 Vine Street, Chinatown THREE WAYS TO ORDER TICKETS 1/ www.paaff.org 2/ 215.387.5125 (IHP Screening Only) 3/ International House box office Tuesday–Saturday, 1– 8pm Receptions take place at same venue as the movie.
FESTIVAL FINALE 5:30–7:00PM
7:00pm | I-House
FESTIVAL TICKET PRICE $8 General Admission $6 Students & Seniors (Requires ID) For Both Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) & International House (IHouse)
9:30pm | I-House TIGER MASK 12
THE PLAYBACK SINGER
Launch Night Screening
Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 7:00pm | I-House
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82 mins | Dramedy | English, Japanese Director: Junya Sakino Writer: Jeff Mizushima Cast: Dat Phan, Eugene Kim, Gaku Hamada, Josh Brodis, Marlane Barnes, Mary Carey, Samantha Quan
A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, selfdeprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to north California to find her. They are a clash of cultures waiting to happen. Someone has to break first. Together they meet a colorful group of characters as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the girlfriends they are pursuing.
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Opening Night Screening
SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION 9:30–11PM
Thursday, Nov. 14 | 7:00pm | I-House 79 mins | Dramedy Director: Nadine Truong | Writer: West Liang Cast: Brian Yang, Eddie Mui. Emily Chang, Kara Crane, Rex Lee, Sara Sanderson, West Liang
Charlie is a thirtysomething high school teacher and failed writer in the midst of an epic emotional breakdown. In a desperate attempt to make sense of it all, Charlie reconnects with his old high school buddies; Luke a handsome movie star, and Danny a salacious rich boy. The three friends have an obligatory night out on the town where they meet Bonnie, beautiful and intent on hooking up with Luke; Eli, charming and underaged and Chu, Bonnie’s friend who becomes reluctantly caught up in the shenanigans. These lost souls somehow find themselves for one night, in a house atop the Hollywood hills, sequestered by their reluctance or fear to face reality. But with a little help from old friends, strangers, alcohol and some gardenvariety hallucinogens, everything begins to make some sense.
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Friday, November 15 | 6:30pm | I-House 80 mins | Horror | English Director: Matt Eskandari Writer: Adam Lawson Cast: Bai Ling, Dustin Nguyen, Jaime Ray Neman, Jude Ciccolella, Nick Lane, P. David Miller, Warren Kole
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In a sunken Castle underneath the earth, five strangers wake. They have no food. No memory. No water. And no way out. These strangers are from every normal walk of life, yet they each have a secret. They don’t know it yet, but they’re capable of something they never imagined. They must organize and band together for the sinister adventure that awaits them.
Diverse cast of familiar faces includes Bai Ling (“Red Corner”), Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”), Warren Cole (“The Following”), and Jaime Ray Newman (“Red Widow”).
Director, Matt Eskandari expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
N O RT H E A S T P R E M I E R E
Friday, Nov. 15 | 8:30pm | I-House 87 mins | Action | Japanese, English subtitles Director: Ken Ochiai Executive Producer: Hidehiro Ito, Hoyu Yamamoto Writer: Hidehiro Ito, Itaru Era, Ken Ochiai, Michael Schock Welles Cast: Starring Eiji Wentz, Sho Aikawa
Naoto is a 13-year-old orphan. He and his friends live at an orphanage called House for Little Rascals. One day Naoto learns that the orphanage is going to be closed because of an outstanding debt. The children take one last trip to the zoo before they all move to separate lodgings. Naoto makes a vow that one day he’ll become as strong as a tiger and fight for those he cares about. Watching from the shadows, Mysterious Mister X offers to train Naoto to be stronger than the tiger even. But nothing comes without its price. Can Naoto use his powers for good or will he succumb to the path of evil? Watch as a hero is born.
Asian Arts Initiative is proud to partner again with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival as a presenting venue. Congratulations PAAFF for 6 years of programming for our communities! PAAFF fans—in addition to the 2013 festival launch party and screenings we’re hosting this year, we’d love for you to join us on First Fridays for gallery receptions and on Third Fridays for our monthly Family Style Open Mic series! Visit www.asianartsinitiative.org for more information on upcoming events at Asian Arts Initiative. Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center in Philadelphia that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change.
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Starring Eiji Wentz (“Kitaro”, “Nodame Cantabile”) and Sho Aikawa (“Dead or Alive”, “Gozu”, “Tokyo Zombie”). 21
SHORTS PROGRAM 1
BEST SPORT Director: Deja Prem | 11 mins A discarded baby survives and finds home in the strangest way.
Saturday, Nov. 16 | 12:00pm | I-House 108 mins | Sci-Fi & Horror Sci Fi and Horror Genre fans will love this FREE program of Asian American and International Shorts! Subjects include Thai spirit mediums, Cantonese techno stalkers and Japanese memory erasers.
SEVEN AND A HALF
LOCAL PRODUCTION AWAKE Director: Francisco Sonic Kim | 10 mins A young couple struggles to cope when their son’s mysterious illness takes a turn for the worse. JUDGES PICK MEMORY SCULPTOR Director: Ken Ochiai | 17 mins Memory Sculptors, who can enter the human brain to erase memories, faces the toughest job to date: erasing ineradicable memory. But what happens when people fight to keep their memories? ODESSA Director: Cidney Hue | 15 mins
Mission specialist Shannon Wendell spends one last night in New York City with a stranger before she embarks on a 135 year long journey to the distant planet of Gliese 581g, or Odessa.
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE SEVEN AND A HALF Director: Jee Won Jang | 14 mins Eun-Ho works at the pizza parlor. One day, he delivers pizza to a guy who lives in a shabby apartment. What he discovers will change his life forever. NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE LOVE STALK Director: Joe Fiorello | 24 mins Sharon is having a hard time finding love in the one-night-stand capital of the world, Hong Kong. Her fortune seems to have changed when she abriefly meets Ryan. As Sharon starts following him through his online check-ins, she soon realizes the dangers of stalking her secret crush. TA Director: Kunlakan Mamber | 17 mins
90 mins | Drama Director / Writer: Keo Woolford Producer: Caleb Lucero, Sky Yim Cast: Cedric Jonathan, Christopher Latronic, J.D. Tanuvasa, Saitia Faaifo, Kelly Hu, Tauarii Nahalea-Marama, Tui Asau
In this authentic look into the often misrepresented Hawaiian culture, the charismatic host of a cheesy tourist show in Waikiki accepts the challenge of leading a group of high school boys through the demanding discipline required for a traditional hula festival, he becomes as much a student as a teacher by reconnecting with the culture of Hawai’i he previously abandoned. In the process, everyone learns to work together as they prepare their dance, which represents countless generations before them. Kelly Hu (“Arrow,” “Warehouse 13”) plays a strong supporting role.
A young girl resolves to overcome her fears when she learns of the heroism of her spirit medium grandfather she never knew.
Saturday, Nov. 16 | 2:30pm | I-House
SCI-FI & HORROR
Saturday, Nov. 16 | 7:00pm | I-House 100 mins | Crime Thriller | English Director: Sun Kim, D.J. Holloway Writer: Sun Kim Cast: Alexandra Chun, C.S. Lee, Jun Sung Kim, Justin Chon, Doug Jones
James Park, a retired Federal agent turned college professor, is forced to face his dark past in order to find his son Cody’s kidnapper. A well decorated officer, Park is exposed for who he really is as the mysterious kidnapper forces him to reopen a ten year old murder case. Overcoming a handful of old enemies, simultaneous murders, a wife who’s losing faith in him, and two detectives in hot pursuit, James must move quickly to bring his son home safely. C.S. Lee (“Dexter”) appears with star, Jun Kim (“West 32nd”), Alexandra Chun (“The Event”), Justin Chon (“The Twilight Saga”), and Doug Jones (“Falling Skies”).
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Writer/Director, Sun Kim expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
Saturday, Nov. 16 | 9:30pm | I-House 88 mins | Horror Director: Stanley Yung Producer: Koji Steven Sakai, Quentin Lee Cast: Eugenia Yuan, Jason Tobin
THE ALL-NEW 2014
Eddy Tsai hates being Asian. He’s even changed his last name to “Richards” and lies that he was adopted by Caucasian parents. His lifelong dream is to become a serial killer like his hero Ted Bundy. CHINK is a slasher movie with a message. This movie will make no apologies. It will push your buttons and make you squirm. It will piss people off, but hopefully it will also foster much needed debate about the state of the Asian American male in contemporary society. This is a movie that had to be made, because there’s never been anything like it before.
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Eugenia Yuan (“Memoirs of a Geisha”) also stars, along with prolific character actor, Tzi Ma (“Rush Hour” films).
This film by respected Asian American filmmakers boldly challenges audiences to rethink racial stereotypes and epithets in its fictional depiction of the first Asian American serial killer.
Director, Stanley Yung is expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
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SHORTS PROGRAM 2
ODDS & END VARIETY
Sunday, Nov. 17 | 1:00pm IHouse | 103 mins Ranging from Hip Hop music videos to locally produced documentary shorts and everything in between, this FREE program cannot be missed!
PEOPLE AREN’T ALL BAD Director: Matthew Hashiguchi | 4 mins A short doc interview with a Japanese American Internment Camp Survivor. WORLD PREMIERE LEE’S MARKET Director: Jing Shao | 15 mins Pete Lee, dreams of escaping his family’s convenience store located in South Central LA. Before he can leave however, he must settle his debts with a local gangster and mend his relationship with his alcoholic mother. NO LONGER THERE Director: Nobuyuki Miyake | 23 mins A dental prosthetic technician daydreams about the young woman whose dentures he is creating in an intimate imaginary world of his own creation. But what happens when this man and woman meet in the real world?
KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS
JUDGES PICK SUNRISE APHRODITE Director: Frank Zhu | 13 mins
An Asian Canadian man comes home with a new boyfriend for Christmas to find his younger brother, who is also gay, resentful for being left to care for their aging parents.
HONORABLE JOURNEY Director: Stephen Menick | 16 mins A short doc about the 70-year struggle of Japanese-Americans who came of age during World War II. Narrated by George Takei, the film features conflicts of loyalty to tradition, family and country, played out against the backdrop of war. LOCAL PRODUCTION KEEP ON Director: Chris Chan Lee | 5 mins Pioneering Asian American Hip Hop artists the Mountain Brothers from Philadelphia reunite in this music video after more than 10 years, featuring vocals by Korean recording artist Ann One. LOCAL PRODUCTION SKYLER Director: Eiko Fan | 13 mins Skyler is a short doc about an exceptional young man with Cerebral Palsy who passionately communicates to the world through abstract paintings he paints with his feet.
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A destitute painter, pressured to finish a painting, finds hope and the meaning of never giving up.
KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS Director: Jason Karman | 14 mins
LOST CHILD: SAYON’S JOURNEY Sunday, Nov. 17 | 3:30pm | I-House 76 mins | Documentary Director / Producer: Janet Gardner
One Khmer Rouge child soldier confronts his childhood experiences during Cambodia’s darkest hour, the horrors he witnessed, and struggled with as he came of age. LOST CHILD celebrates the importance of family and the insanity of a society that tried to tear that structure apart. This film shows the power of the human spirit to overcome oppression, specifically the ability of an individual to make peace with an inconceivably difficult past. Sayon Soeun expected in attendance with Director, Janet Gardner and Producer, Sopheap Theam.
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Closing Night Screening
Sunday, Nov. 17 | 6:00pm | I-House 90 mins | Dramedy Director: Suju Vijayan Executive Producer: Vijaya Kumari Producer: Carolina Roca-Smith, Mike Blum Cast: Ross Patridge, Navi Rawat, Piyush Mishra
CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION 8–9PM
This funny and heartwarming film stars Navi Rawat (“Numb3rs”), Ross Patridge (“The Lost World: Jurassic Park”), and Indian actor, singer/ songwriter, Piyush Mishra. Director, Suju Vijayan and producer, Mike Blum expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.
Closing Night Reception is Free to Ticket Holders Post Q&A.
THE PLAYBACK SINGER tells the story of an aimless, would-be, jungle-gym architect who finds his existence disrupted—and his marriage upended—when his prickly, Indian, B-movie playback singer father-in-law comes to visit and overstays his welcome. An original feature script written by director Suju Vijayan, THE PLAYBACK SINGER is a family drama spiked with comedy and music, which gets to the heart of relationships and of the challenges of finding our place in this world.
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Friday, Nov. 22 | 6:00pm | Asian Arts InitiativeI 45 mins | Documentary Director: Khalid Ali | Producer: Omar Ali
THE KUNG FU LESSON is the true story of three American brothers who travel to China to realize their dream of studying Chinese martial arts. As they journey from the old neighborhoods of Beijing to the legendary temples of the Shaolin Monastery, the brothers cross paths with martial artists from all walks of life. What follows is an amusing and intimate portrait of friendship, family, and the lessons learned from lives dedicated to the art of combat.
THE KUNG FU LESSON
Filmmaker, Khalid Ali expected in attendance for Q&A. Martial arts demonstration.
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BIG IN BOLLYWOOD Friday, November 22 | 7:30pm | AAI 74 mins | Documentary | English, Hindi Director: Kenny Meehan Writer: Menny BoNiven Producer: Matt McCroskey, Tyler MacNiven Cast: Omi Vaidya
A struggling actor in L.A., 27-year-old Americanborn Omi Vaidya, lands a dream role in a huge Bollywood film. The film quickly skyrockets to be the most successful Bollywood film in history, and Omi becomes a national sensation. But the glitz and glamour that comes with it is not the easy ride it seems. Omi struggles with the pressure of needing to continue his career quickly while he is still ‘hot’, and to care for his lovely wife, who waits wistfully for his return to Los Angeles.
SHORTS PROGRAM 3
FAMILY FRIENDLY & ANIMATION
COUCH & POTATOES Director: Christopher Lam, Eunsoo Jeong | 8 mins
CURIOUS CAT’S CHRISTMAS
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 2:30pm Asian Arts Initiative | 30 mins Including stop motion, claymation, hand illustration and CGI these short films and animations are fun for the whole family! And it’s FREE!
EAST COAST PREMIERE CYCLOID Director: Tomoki Kurogi | 3 mins A touching hand drawn animation showing the interconnectivity of our planet.
An excellent Claymation short about two TV-watching enthusiasts who pioneer a clever way to live on their couch until an unexpected event forces them back into their youthful past. SWEETLY BROKEN Director: Chung Lam | 5 mins A Stop Motion short about two marionette puppets who fall in love, and the lengths they go to reunite.
EAST COAST PREMIERE CURIOUS CAT’S CHRISTMAS Director: Jiyoon Lee | 4 mins A 3D animation set late one Christmas Eve when a kitty searches the living room for her presents. BOX OF HEARTS Director: Asako Ushio | 7 mins Jenny gives her single father Cody dating tips while he makes her an elaborate bento box lunch.
COUCH & POTATOES
CHICKEN OR THE EGG
JUDGES PICK CHICKEN OR THE EGG Director: Christine Kim, Elaine Wu | 3 mins
A 3D animation about a pig who loves eating eggs, but when he falls in love with a chicken, he must decide what comes first, Chicken or the Egg.
PEOPLE IN TRANSITION
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 5:30pm | Asian Arts Initiative SHAYA
SHAYA Director: Amir Noorani | 19 mins
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 3:15pm Asian Arts Initiative | 102 mins This FREE program explores many different immigrant pathways into the US, some by choice and others by necessity including those of Pakistani and Burmese refugees, Vietnamese manicurists, a Taiwanese exchange student and undocumented Filipino and Bangladeshi youth.
HAPPY HANDS Director: Honey Lauren | 20 mins This short doc tells the story of the Vietnamese nail worker. Hollywood icon, Tippi Hedren, personally conceived and provided the means for twenty of the first refugees to establish themselves as manicurists. Together, they established a new industry that became a Vietnamese American Dream. BURMESE REFUGEE Director: Michael Tacca | 20 mins San Aung, a refugee from Burma, has escaped his oppressive homeland. He now faces an uncertain future in America. Unable to work in his learned trade, San Aung slaves day after day in a dingy restaurant kitchen. Meanwhile, his family is still stranded in a Thai refugee camp.
JUDGES PICK MAQUETTE 1:1000 Director: Doris Chia-Ching Li | 29 mins Lan, an international student from Taiwan studies architecture in Philadelphia. Living in a city that has little cultural similarity to where she grew up, Lan experiences severe culture shock. As she finally begins to adjust to her new city, she finds out she is pregnant. It brings her back to unresolved memories from two years ago of a profound but doomed relationship with her mentor in Taiwan. *Local Production* WHY WE RISE Director: Brian Redondo | 14 mins
87 mins | Documentary Director / Producer: Megumi Nishikura, Lara Perez Takagi
HAFU is more than a documentary about mixed race Japanese, or the so called Hafu. This film challenges the “one nation, one culture, one race” identity that has shaped much of contemporary Japan’s self-image. Co-directors Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi, both Hafu themselves, render visible the hardships of people who do not fit comfortably into categories of belonging, and offer them a platform to be heard. Director Megumi Nishikura expected in attendance to conduct a post film Q&A.
A short doc about three brave, young New Yorkers who reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light, fighting for a better life for themselves, for their families, and for all immigrants.
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A tribal Pakistani family is sent to live in Los Angeles as refugees and finds life more challenging than in war-torn Pakistan.
SHORTS PROGRAM 4
FEATURE FILM JURY ALLEN CHOU President of Sales and Acquisitions at Passion River Films, a NYC based company that distributes documentaries and arthouse films for the US home video and international sales market since 1998. (DOCS)
SUSAN JIN DAVIS Senior VP of Product and Operational Compliance, Finance at Comcast Cable and a big supporter of Asian American film. (NARRATIVE)
ELIZABETH HUR General assignment reporter for CBS 3 (KYW-TV). A native of Seoul, Korea, Hur attended Upper Dublin High School and grew up in Ambler, Pennsylvania, where she now resides. (NARRATIVE)
KUAN-LUNG DANIEL CHEN Public Health Program Manager at Hepatitis B Foundation, Daniel is a community organizer and advocate for the Asian American community in Philadelphia.
PHILIP LAM Independent film producer (Undoing, Santa Mesa) based in the New York City metropolitan area. (DOCS)
ROBERT B. LACORTE A Benefits Financial Analyst at Comcast Cable, Robert is a proud supporter of Asian American films and the arts in Philadelphia.
FRANCESCA ORSI VP at HBO Entertainment with responsibilities relating to drama series programming based in Santa Monica, CA. (NARRATIVE)
ROB BUSCHER An East Asian and Japanese Film Scholar currently teaching at Arcadia University, Rob is the Programming Director at PAAFF and also serves as a board member of the Philadelphia JACL.
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Official program guide for the 6th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF'13), November 13-23, 2013.