Thursday, April 20

The Secret Life of An Asian American by Nicolo Requiestas
Nicolo Requiestas is an aspiring Asian-American filmmaker, struggling to find an idea for his next project. Wanting to work in an industry so underpopulated by his minority, he fears that underrepresentation is hindering his progress. As a result, he often daydreams about more recognition and opportunity. He soon realizes that maybe playing victim is only setting himself back; that perhaps initiative is all he needs. (Inspired by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

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Born and raised in California, Nicolo Requiestas is a Filipino-American with a passion for the art of lm and visual storytelling. He currently a ends CSUN and was recently accepted into the Film Program, with an emphasis on cinematography.


The Orange Story by Eugene Park
February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation” of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the United States.

Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag.

Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria.


Got It Maid by Shawn Semana
When her son presents her with an opportunity to sing again, Mila, a hardworking, underprivileged Filipina maid, must decide if she is willing to chase after her dream and leave the life she has grown accustomed to. 


Now What? by Nicholas Maccarone
Two lifelong friends discuss the complicated nuances of getting older and rerouting their dreams.


Yonsei Eyes by Jon Osaki 
Yonsei Eyes is the story of two fourth generation Japanese Americans who embark on a pilgrimage to the place where their grandparents were once imprisoned during World War II. Their journey takes them to the desolate site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center where they begin to understand the profound hardships and indignities their grandfathers had to endure. Their poignant and reflective exploration into the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans provides a unique perspective from the eyes of youth who will one day have the responsibility of passing on the story of the Japanese American incarceration to future generations.


The Monkey King Is In Town by Liang Ce

Nine-year-old Chinese American Alex struggles to find a Chinese superhero costume to attend a halloween party. Later, he obtains courage through making his own Monkey King costume and decides to fight against a school bully for his friends.

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Liang Ce is a Chinese filmmaker with a diverse cultural background. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Nottingham University with three years in the China campus and one year in the United Kingdom campus. As an undergraduate, he did volunteer jobs in Ecuador and has traveled to countries like France, Italy and Germany. After graduation, he worked mainly on short film projects as a line producer and production manager in China. He also worked on big co-production TV projects in Israel and Greece. After writing and directing several short films, he decided to come to America to systematically study the craft of good storytelling and improve himself at a faster pace. He is currently studying at Chapman University for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing.


Huandao by SueAnn Shiah
Two young women navigate a challenging physical and personal journey while biking through Taiwan. Discovering not only the island’s unique people, food, and culture but also exploring the tension of conflicting identities within a rapidly changing world.

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SueAnn Shiah is a Taiwanese American multidisciplinary artist working predominantly through word, music, and film. Themes in her work explore spirituality, identity, race, gender, and sexuality. In addition to her own creative works, she also collaborates with other artists through her management and production company, Scorched Rice Media. Shiah enjoys cycling, cooking, and creating safe and creative spaces to explore cross-cultural tensions, spirituality, and relational significance. She has a B.B.A. in Music Business with a Production emphasis and a Chinese minor from Belmont University.


It Is What It Is by Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Filmmaker Cyrus Yoshi Tabar, a first-generation Iranian-Japanese-American, has a photo of his grandparents holding him as an infant. The photo captures his first and last encounter with them. Seeking to understand the fracture in his family, Cyrus embarks on a journey into the dark and nebulous corners of family history. Fragmented and cloudy images of his family speckle his investigation as he talks to his aunt and sister, but discovers that a family’s narrative isn’t linear and that truth is elusive.

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Cyrus Yoshi Tabar is an award-winning Iranian-Japanese-American filmmaker based in Oakland, California. His films explore what it means to be American through the intricate complexities of family history and ambiguous identities. Growing up at a dinner table where sushi and kebab met macaroni and cheeseburgers, Cyrus now uses cinema to investigate the diverse and dynamic intricacies of first-generation kaleidoscopic American culture.

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