Saturday, April 16

Bá by Leandro Tadashi

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Little Bruno’s life is turned upside down when his “Bá” (from “Báchan,” meaning “grandma” in Japanese) moves in with him.

The Waltz by Trever Zhou

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An immigrant mother faces an out of control hoarding compulsion and a crumbling marriage. She stumbles upon waltz lessons and tries to reclaim her life through dance. The Waltz is a universal story about the importance of family, personal struggle and the immigration experience.

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Trevor Zhou is a filmmaker, writer, actor and artist living in New York. Born in Beijing, China, Trevor and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when he was five. His most recent short film, The Waltz, premiered in Times Square, Manhattan at the Urbanworld Film Festival, an Oscar qualifying festival. His is working on his first feature, titled Yu and Mi.

Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung

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A Chinese teenager is left waiting in a community center while his single mother goes to work. A sequence of events unfolds and leads him to an unexpected discovery.

Frank and Kass by Norbert Shieh

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Frank treks back home to his parents after recently being laid off with his young daughter Kass in town. With their lives packed in a pickup truck, they drive across the California desert, hoping to make it in one piece.

Sunset Cosmetics by So Young Shelly Yo

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An old woman named Soonie decides to get plastic surgery so her husband in heaven can recognize her.

American Dynasty by Oscar Seung

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Author Evelyn Han was America’s favorite Chinese tiger mom. Her readers savored her charming memoirs, putting her four children in front of a national audience. Unfortunately, for her children, The Hans: An American Dynasty wasn’t a series of memories, but pure fiction. Christopher, Vivian, Rachel, and Jacob Han grew up walking a fine line between their mother’s fiction and their reality. The world is stunned when Evelyn commits suicide, and the kids must now clarify their identities. Will they continue to live up to Evelyn’s expectations, or will they take their own path?

Coming Full Circle by Larry Tung

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Coming Full Circle is about NYC transgender rights activist Pauline Park’s first trip to her birth country, Korea, in the summer of 2015. Adopted by white American parents at the age of seven months old,Park returned to Seoul after more than half a century and participated in by far the largest LGBT pride festival and parade in Korean history.

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Ling-hsuan (Larry) Tung is a documentary filmmaker in New York City. He also teaches courses in media and communication at York College/CUNY. A native of Taiwan, he holds an M.F.A. in TV Production from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. Tung’s films focus on social justice and human rights issues. They have been featured in more than 40 film festivals around the world.

Hey Judy by Junnian Cheng

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Judy, an American born Chinese with self-identity issues has to face her cultural roots on the first day of her work.

After Work by Mengna Lei

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This film depicts a normal day of a Chinese family in an ironic way. Just take the advantages of film to show something people may not see in their daily lives to demonstrate the twisty family relationship, especially the role of being a father trying to map a social issue.

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Mengna Lei is a Chinese. She is studying at The University of Southern California of United States. She wants to make her work entertaining and meaningful.

Part-time Friend by Jonathan Cheng

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Mark, a young man who works his day job as a part-time friend, re-evaluates the relationship with his father as he is hired by a client, Kurtis, who asks him to be his son for the day.

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Jonathan Cheng found his passion in filmmaking from a six-week filmmaking program at the Downtown Community Television Center. To further pursue his career, he attended SUNY Purchase in the conservatory of film. As a storyteller, he finds his inspirations from the use of modern technology and how it’s changed the way people interact and communicate with each other. He incorporates these ideas into his films for the audience to reflect upon and gain a better sense of appreciation. His dream is working in post-production and edit feature films. Jonathan is currently working as a Post-Production Assistant on an upcoming feature film.

Underneath the Grey by Patrick Chen

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When an aspiring singer, Jessica, is romantically interested in a blind man, Ethan, they’ll soon discover the spirit of their new found relationship.

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Patrick Chen is a writer and director from Queens, New York. As a Chinese American filmmaker, surrounded by the immigrant lifestyle, he’s converted his estranged nationality into stories of art and pictures. You may find his additional works as Chén Xí Háo. He is currently producing his Chinatown based feature-length projects, slated for release in late-2016.

Pamnhikan by Angelo Santos

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Remember when your parents met your spouse’s parents for the first time? For Filipinos, there is a tradition for that. It’s called a “pamanhikan.” For Brendan and Jun, an interracial gay couple, their “pamanhikan” occurs over brunch.

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Angelo Santos is an award-winning writer and experienced short film producer. His short screenplay Pamanhikan was awarded first place at the 2013 Vail Film Festival’s Short Screenplay Competition. Angelo is a graduate of Rutgers College and completed UCLA Extension’s Making the Short Film Program.

I Hate the Color Red by Jazmin Jamias

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A comedy about a sister and a brother who, having inherited a video store from their parents, struggle to keep it a viable business. However, thanks to “red boxes” and “red envelopes,” they realize that their store will soon become obsolete.

America Need a Racial Facial by Jeff Adachi

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Racial Facial is a short, eight-minute film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country.

Beginning with this country’s history of slavery and discrimination against African Americans, eradication and colonization of Native Americans, exclusion and internment of Asian Americans and the exploitation of Mexican and Latin Americans, Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to tension, unrest and anger.

The film contains certain central themes – that of protest and the consequence of protest, police brutality, killings, incarceration and the failed and successful attempts at reconciling the contradictions and inequities created by racial division.

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Jeff Adachi is the writer, director and co-producer of Racial Facial. He has been a social justice advocate and filmmaker, writing and directing two PBS award-winning films, The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film & Television and You Don’t Know Jack Soo. Between 1995-1999, Jeff produced the Asian American Arts Foundation’s Golden Ring Awards. He also serves as the elected Public Defender of San Francisco. His office provides legal representation to over 20,000 people each year, mostly of color. Through his legal work and activism, Jeff has always been a strong advocate for the civil rights of all Americans.

Strawberry Fields by Rea Tajiri

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The film tells the story of Irene Kawai, a Japanese American teenager living in Chicago during the 1970s. She is haunted by a photograph of her grandfather she never knew, standing by a barracks in a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans. After the ghost of her dead baby sister, Terry, visits her, Irene decides to travel with her boyfriend, Luke, to Arizona in order to visit the place where the photo of her grandfather was taken.

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Rea Tajiri is a filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. Tajiri was born in Chicago, Illinois where her parents resettled after her father served in the 442nd regiment during WWII. After completion of her documentary, Passion for Justice, Tajiri directed her debut dramatic feature film, Strawberry Fields, which won the Grand Prix at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival.

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