Saturday, April 22

Home is Where the Sunsets by Kayla Tong
Alison’s life in Los Angeles turns upside down when her family comes to visit from Hong Kong for the very first time. Stuffed into her cramped apartment, Alison finds beauty and heartache in the smallest of moments.


Home Away From Home by Tianyao Ma
This is a project focusing on the living conditions of a group of old people who immigrate to America to help take care of their grandchildren. At once a timeless story of growing old and the nostalgia associated with living abroad, this short documentary also draws attention to the current social problem of ‘empty nest’ in China.


Aloha Vegas by Ai Okuno
Aloha Vegas is a short film about a middle age couple from Hawaiʻi traveling to Las Vegas since the husband finds out that he only has a week to live. They attempt to do anything crazy that they did not get to do when they were younger.


Abeoji: A Father’s Love by Gabriella LoBue

Filmed and edited in less than a month in Seoul, South Korea, this award-winning short film profiles a South Korean orphanage director and his role in the lives of the children he cares for.

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Gabriella LoBue is a junior Cinema and Photography student, and Business Administration minor at Ithaca College. Having received awards for both editing and documentary production, she focuses primarily on developing her career as a short form content editor. As a Martin Luther King Scholar at the college, LoBue also dedicates her time to studying and promoting social justice.


Toenail by Jingyi Shao
Frank, a career obsessed yuppie, has never seen eye to eye with Chang, his perpetually fresh-off-the-boat father. But when a broken toenail sends his father to the hospital on the eve of his big promotion, Frank comes to learn what is truly important.


A Grain of White Rice in the Endless Yellow Sun by Jeff Fong
Luke is a struggling Caucasian American actor. He only seems to go out for stereotypical roles, while all the leading roles are consistently given to yellow people – the standard for American filmmaking since the beginning of cinema. Now, he’s determined to prove what Caucasian people can do, how they can lead, and how they can change history just by being given a chance. He formulates a plan of action with a duo of filmmakers. They’re here to document his love for film, regardless of stereotypes, and to capture his reenactments of famous American films. Though these films have Asian leads, he’s determined to show how plausible it would be to see a Caucasian American in place of what society has been used to for so long.

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On December 7, 1985, Jeff Fong was brought into this world by his Italian mother, Lorna, in Sacramento, California. Jeff’s Chinese father, Dexter, was standing in full support of this birth.

At the age of 16, Jeff sat in an empty movie theater, staring at an empty screen, and realizing that he could fill that emptiness with all the stories and ideas he had been writing down for the past few years. He would become a director as a way to let his voice be heard, which is what he has been doing ever since.


Twenty Years by David Liu
Twenty Years is a story of two childhood friends who meet again in Los Angeles for the first time in two decades. One is a policeman, the other a wanted criminal. Both come to fulfill a childhood promise; neither are aware yet of the consequence of their chosen paths.The film is an adaptation of the 1906 short story “After Twenty Years,” written by O. Henry, one of the earliest practitioners of the short form narrative.

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David Liu is a Los Angeles-based writer and director with an Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. David’s work often focuses on the intersection between history and cultural memory, as well as characters tested by crises of conscience. His feature screenplay Mingus was shortlisted for the Sundance Feature Lab and the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest.David is currently co-directing a feature adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, executive produced by James Franco and starring Johnny Whitworth (CSI: Miami), Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men ), and Arthur Redcloud (The Revenant). He is a recipient of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship sponsored by NBCUniversal and the WGA.


UNSTOPPABLE by Michelle Lam
A young woman’s world transforms when she experiences street harassment/catcalling and how a catcaller gets called out for his wrongful actions. This film is mostly inspired by many annoying experiences I face as a female living in New York City.


Tag by Patrick Green
A colorful day in the secret life of a budding graffiti artist.


My Eyes Adore You by Katelind Ikuma 
My Eyes Adore You is based on four vignettes by Hawai’i writer, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, entitled “My Eyes Adore You”, Ravine, Empty Heart, and Name Me Is. The four vignettes revolve around the first love between, Lucy and WillyJoe. The only person in Lucy’s world is Lucy until she meets WillyJoe. He leads her down a rabbit hole of love. They are young and naïve and create a world where only they exist.


BLACK by Nadia Burgess

Filmmakers make the long trip from Brooklyn New York, United States to Seoul, South Korea exploring the various trends of Black-American culture and Hip Hop music there. Gaining a deeper understanding of the appeal of Hip Hop music and style in Korea they follow two underground Korean rappers as well as speak to various other individuals.

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Nadia Burgess is a filmmaker and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. She currently is an undergraduate as a film production major. She travels abroad as frequently as she can while creating her short films. And she illustrates crossover art that reflects cartoons, movies, video games, and TV shows.


The Thieves of Almira by Andrew Lee 
Quincy is up to bat in the game that her and her two friends created to spark excitement in a dull suburb: sneak into a house and steal an object chosen at random. Upon entering the home, she is caught by the old, Korean homeowner who mistakes Quincy for her own granddaughter. Quincy takes complete advantage of this in order to “win” the game while providing much needed company to a lonely grandmother.