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SEE NO LIMITS November 6-15, 2014

SEE NO LIMITS

November 6-15, 2014

Filmmakers bring creativity to life

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For avid moviegoers, a film festival is a momentous event. For filmmakers, it is a venue for captivating viewers with their creative vision.

We applaud the 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival and the films that capture our imagination.

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LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 6 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival Welcome to

LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Welcome to the San Diego Asian Film Festival!

As we mark our 15th season of programming, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to turn 15.

I remember being curious – eager to discover new experiences, rebellious – wanting to create my own rules, fearless – believing, like the show Fame, that “I’m gonna live forever,” and trendy – it was the 80s after all, a mix tape of sun- inned permed hair, massive earrings, spandex, shoulder pads, and the heavy scent of Drakkar Noir and Giorgio. Cue OMD and Chaka Khan.

Now in our Festival’s 15th year, our teen spirit is alive and kickin’ through an ambitious program of more than 140 films from 21 countries spread over 10 days and 9 locations throughout San Diego. We’ve added a day dedicated to dance (MOVEfest, pg. 13), made UCSD our second homebase, films in Gaslamp, La Jolla, and Encinitas, and we’re bringing our Centerpiece event back to where we first started - the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre (FrESh OFF ThE BOAT, pg. 42).

It’s no exaggeration to say it’s taken thousands of people to get to where we are today. Over the years, staff, board, volunteers, members, donors, sponsors, artists, educators, activists, advisors, fellow festival organizers, and cinephiles have all contributed to what SDAFF and Pac-Arts have become and where we are heading in the next 15 years.

With that much love and support, I See No Limits. We hope you do too.

Enjoy the Festival!

Sincerely,

Limits . We hope you do too. Enjoy the Festival! Sincerely, LEE ANN KIM Founder &

LEE ANN KIM Founder & Executive Director

Read highlights of SDAFF’s 15 years at www.pacarts.org/history

TABLE Of CONTENTS

About Pac-Arts

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FILM PROGRAMS

Schedule

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Special Presentations

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Ticketing

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Asian American Panorama

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Venues

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Asia Pop!

81

Sponsors

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Masters

101

Letter from Artistic Director

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Discoveries

113

Board of Directors

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remembering Queer Korea

127

Letter from Chairman

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Membership

30

The Team

158

George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker

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Special Thanks

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Festival Jury

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Index & Print Source

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Festival Jury 37 Index & Print Source 162 SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS pg. 39 ASIAN AMERICAN PANORAMA pg.

SPECIAL

PRESENTATIONS

pg. 39

ASIAN AMERICAN PANORAMA pg. 53

ASIAN AMERICAN

PANORAMA

pg. 53

ASIA POP!

pg. 81

pg. 39 ASIAN AMERICAN PANORAMA pg. 53 ASIA POP! pg. 81 MASTERS pg. 101 DISCOVERIES pg.

MASTERS

pg. 101

DISCOVERIES pg. 113

DISCOVERIES

pg. 113

REMEMBERING

QUEER KOREA

pg. 127

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ABOUT PACIFIC ARTS MOVEMENT

Moving Pictures, Moving Minds

ABOUT PACIFIC ARTS MOVEMENT Moving Pictures, Moving Minds Pacific Arts Movement is one of the largest

Pacific Arts Movement is one of the largest non-profit media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Pac-Arts seeks to inspire, entertain, and support a more compassionate society through Pan Asian film

The purpose of our MOVEMENT is to transform hearts and minds; inspire innovators; and make visible new stories and traditions. We are committed to helping our community transcend borders and elevate conversations about the world we live in.

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While best known for our San Diego Asian Film Festival, our year-round programs also include:

EDUCATION

Festival, our year-round programs also include: EDUCATION From our award-winning high school documentary program reel

From our award-winning high school documentary program reel Voices, to Youth Day, bringing artists to schools, and internships, Pac-Arts is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of creative leaders

SCREENINGS
SCREENINGS

Through our San Diego Asian Film Festival, Spring Showcase, Spotlight Screenings, Outdoor Screenings, and Film Forums, we share powerful stories with audiences year-round.

MEMBERSHIP

share powerful stories with audiences year-round. MEMBERSHIP Through our membership program, community members become

Through our membership program, community members become stakeholders of the organization and contribute to the impact of our mission.

As a 501 (c)(3), we rely on memberships, donations, ticket sales, grants, and sponsorships to produce our mission-based programs. We welcome you to JOIN THE MOVEMENT in a way that’s meaningful to you!

www.pac-arts.org

619-400-5911

info@pac-arts.org

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SCHEDULE

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley Reading Cinemas Gaslamp UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall USD Shiley Theatre

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 6

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 7

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

7:00PM

REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS (94 mins) pg. 40

4:00PM

SHORTS: CHILD STHR (99 mins) pg. 72

11:00AM

SHORTS FOR SHORTIES (46 mins) pg. 73

   

6:20PM

THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (130 mins) pg. 111

12:40PM

HELLO! JUNICHI (90 mins) pg. 89

   

6:35PM

EAT WITH ME (95 mins) pg. 58

12:50PM

LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (75 mins) pg. 61

   

6:45PM

THE SONGS OF RICE (75 mins) pg. 125

1:00PM

SHORTS: ANIMATION (82 mins) pg. 70

   

6:45PM

KANO (185 mins) pg. 90

1:00PM

SHORTS: BUSY YOUNG PSYCHIC + THE POOL MAN (61 mins)

   

7:00PM

THE ROUND TABLE (113 mins) pg. 95

1:10PM

BARBER’S TALES (120 mins) pg. 83

   

8:30PM

THE OWNERS (93 mins) pg. 122

1:30PM

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (60 mins) pg. 42

   

9:00PM

FANTAIL (83 mins) pg. 115

2:25PM

PARTNERS IN CRIME (89 mins) pg. 92

   

9:10PM

A HARD DAY (111 mins) pg. 88

2:45PM

BLUE BUSTAMANTE (87 mins) pg. 84

   

9:25PM

LOVE’S WHIRLPOOL (123 mins) pg. 91

3:10PM

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (86 mins) pg. 55

       

3:20PM

SHORTS: THERE WILL BE A STORM (96 mins) pg. 78

       

3:45PM

BLIND MASSAGE (114 mins) pg. 102

       

4:20PM

CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL (101 mins) pg. 85

       

4:55PM

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS & MADNESS (118 mins) pg. 107

       

5:35PM

RU (97 mins) pg. 68

       

5:55PM

UNCLE VICTORY (105 mins) pg. 97

       

6:25PM

QUEEN (146 mins) pg. 93

       

7:30PM

SHORTS: GAY OF THRONES (91 mins) pg. 74

       

8:10PM

FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS (110 mins) pg. 86

       

8:20PM

THE IRON MINISTRY (82 mins) pg. 116

       

9:25PM

THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (93 mins) pg. 124

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UltraStar Cinemas Mission ValleyUCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall SD School of Creative & Performing Arts   SUNDAY, NOV. 9

UCSD Calit2 Atkinson HallUltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley SD School of Creative & Performing Arts   SUNDAY, NOV. 9  

SD School of Creative & Performing ArtsUltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall   SUNDAY, NOV. 9   MONDAY, NOV. 10

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 9

 

MONDAY, NOV. 10

 

TUESDAY, NOV. 11

11:20AM

FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (338 mins) pg. 104

4:00PM

THE RICE BOMBER (118 mins) pg. 94

12:00PM

FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (338 mins) pg. 104

12:00PM

REEL VOICES (120 mins) pg. 66

6:00PM

OUR FAMILY (117 mins) pg. 109

3:20PM

HELLO! JUNICHI (90 mins) pg. 89

1:00PM

TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI (58 mins) pg. 80

6:20PM

UNCLE VICTORY (105 mins) pg. 97

3:35PM

QUEEN (146 mins) pg. 93

1:00PM

THE LOST SEA (63 mins) pg. 117

6:30PM

CICADA (100 mins) pg. 57

4:00PM

SHORTS: STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED (91 mins) pg. 77

1:20PM

MY LIFE IN CHINA (52 mins) pg. 64

6:40PM

ANITA’S LAST CHA-CHA (110 mins) pg. 82

5:40PM

YASMINE (109 mins) pg. 100

2:25PM

EXIT (94 mins) pg. 114

8:30PM

SUBURBANITE (62 mins) pg. 79

6:10PM

NON FICTION DIARY (93 mins) pg. 121

2:30PM

KUMU HINA (77 mins) pg. 60

8:40PM

JOURNEY TO THE WEST (56 mins) pg. 106

6:30PM

THE GOLDEN ERA (178 mins) pg. 105

2:30PM

MOVEFEST (90 mins) pg. 46

9:00PM

THE TEACHER’S DIARY (108 mins) pg. 96

6:45PM

EXIT (94 mins) pg. 114

3:00PM

SHORTS: GRAVITY BURNS (96 mins) pg. 75

9:20PM

MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

8:05PM

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS & MADNESS (118 mins) pg. 107

3:15PM

9-MAN (89 mins) pg. 54

   

8:15PM

REPTILIA IN SUBURBIA (75 mins) pg. 123

4:20PM

VIVE L’AMOUR (118 mins) pg. 112

   

8:45PM

MEETING DR. SUN (94 mins) pg. 119

4:45PM

MAN FROM RENO (111 mins) pg. 63

       

5:25PM

BELLA VISTA (83 mins) pg. 56

       

5:45PM

MEETING DR. SUN (94 mins) pg. 119

       

6:00PM

THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (130 mins) pg. 111

       

6:30PM

MOVEFEST (90 mins) pg. 46

       

6:40PM

STRAY DOGS (138 mins) pg. 110

       

7:30PM

A HARD DAY (111 mins) pg. 88

       

7:45PM

LETTERS FROM THE SOUTH (105 mins) pg. 108

       

7:55PM

ANITA’S LAST CHA-CHA (110 mins) pg. 82

       

8:30PM

VENUS TALK (109 mins) pg. 99

       

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UltraStar Cinemas Mission ValleyUCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall ArcLight La Jolla Theatre UCSD Visual Arts Presentation Lab MCASD Sherwood

UCSD Calit2 Atkinson HallUltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley ArcLight La Jolla Theatre UCSD Visual Arts Presentation Lab MCASD Sherwood Auditorium

ArcLight La Jolla TheatreUltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall UCSD Visual Arts Presentation Lab MCASD Sherwood Auditorium

UCSD Visual Arts Presentation LabValley UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall ArcLight La Jolla Theatre MCASD Sherwood Auditorium La Paloma Theatre  

MCASD Sherwood AuditoriumArcLight La Jolla Theatre UCSD Visual Arts Presentation Lab La Paloma Theatre   WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

La Paloma TheatreUCSD Visual Arts Presentation Lab MCASD Sherwood Auditorium   WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12   THURSDAY, NOV. 13

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 13

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 14

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 15

4:00PM

LORDVILLE (67 mins) pg. 62

4:00PM

GANGSTER PAY DAY (97 mins) pg. 87

4:00PM

SHORTS: MOONLIGHT REPRESENTS MY HEART (77 mins) pg. 76

10:00AM

BROKEN BRANCHES (96 mins) pg. 128

5:00PM

OUR FAMILY (117 mins) pg. 109

5:55PM

NON FICTION DIARY (93 mins) pg. 121

6:30PM

THE POLLEN OF FLOWERS (85 mins) pg. 130

12:15PM

SHORTS: UNCLE BAR + AULD LANG SYNE (48 mins) pg. 132

5:35PM

BLUE BUSTAMANTE (89 mins) pg. 84

6:05PM

THE ROUND TABLE (113 mins) pg. 95

7:00PM

MEET THE PATELS (88 mins) pg. 44

1:00PM

HELLO! JUNICHI (90 mins) pg. 89

6:00PM

9-MAN (89 mins) pg. 54

6:15PM

TBA

8:30PM

SABANGJI (94 mins) pg. 131

3:00PM

YASMINE (109 mins) pg. 100

6:30PM

MY LIFE IN CHINA (52 mins) pg. 64

6:25PM

TBA

   

5:20PM

THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (93 mins) pg. 124

6:30PM

MOTHERS (68 mins) pg. 120

6:45PM

THE GIRL PRINCES (79 mins) pg. 129

   

7:25PM

UzUMASA LIMELIGHT (103 mins) pg. 98

6:40PM

KANO (185 mins) pg. 90

8:00PM

STRAY DOGS (138 mins) pg. 110

       

7:25PM

SHORTS: ANIMATION (82 mins) pg. 70

8:30PM

TBA

       

7:40PM

DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 (113 mins) pg. 103

8:40PM

THE TEACHER’S DIARY (108 mins) pg. 96

       

8:00PM

FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS (110 mins) pg. 86

9:00PM

LOVE’S WHIRLPOOL (123 mins) pg. 91

       

8:05PM

MARY IS HAPPY, MARY IS HAPPY (125 mins) pg. 118

           

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TICKETING

Tickets for shows at UltraStar go on sale at the Mission Valley Box Office starting October 31. Walk-up tickets for programs at non-UltraStar locations are available at that venue’s box office one hour before showtime. Purchase tickets online at festival.sdaff.org. For group sales and discounts, call (619) 400-5906.

   

MEMBER

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

GENERAL

(must show membership card at box office)

OPENING NIGHT D

$15

$12

rEVENGE OF ThE GrEEN DrAGONS

CENTERPIECE D F Q

$12

$9

FrESh OFF ThE BOAT

CLOSING NIGHT D

$15

$12

MEET ThE PATELS

GENERAL ADMISSION D F

$12

$9

STUDENT/SENIOR/MILITARY $10 (at the door only)

 

UCSD CALIT2 ATKINSON HALL D F H

$12

$9

MOVEfest D F

$12 online, $15 at door

$9 online, $9 at door

ARCLIGHT

$15

$12

UCSD VISUAL PRESENTATION LAB

FrEE

FrEE

FREE FILMS AT FOUR

F r EE

FrEE

Limit 2 per person, pick up at the UltraStar Box Office Starting Nov. 3

FESTIVAL VOUCHER 4-PACK

GENERAL GENERAL (MEMBER) THEME THEME (MEMBER)

$44

$32

$44

$32

FESTIVAL ALL ACCESS PASS

 

GENERAL

$250

MEMBER

$150

D

All Access Passes Accepted

F

Vouchers & 4-Pack Tickets Accepted

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Free for UCSD Students/Faculty/Staff

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Free for USD Students/Faculty/Staff

4-PACKS & TICKET VOUCHERS redeem individual comp tickets and 4-pack ticket vouchers for the show of your choice at the box office. You can trade in multiple vouchers to the same show. Comp and 4-pack ticket vouchers are not redeemable for Opening or Closing night or at the Arclight venue.

REFUND POLICY No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, all festival passes. Exchanges are only available when a program is oversold.

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FESTIVAL VOUCHER THEME PACKS

With 140+ films from 21 different countries, you might not know where to start. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Each Festival Theme pack comes with 4 ticket vouchers and a menu of film suggestions that fit the theme.

CHILDHOOD ENCHANTMENT rediscover what it means to be a kid

Fresh Off the Boat (pg. 42), Hello! Junichi! (pg. 89), The Round Table (pg. 95), Anita’s Last Cha-Cha (pg. 82)

ACTION all you can fight action with laughs and romance in between

A Hard Day (pg. 88), Blue Bustamante (pg. 84), Uncle Victory (pg. 97), Gangster Pay Day (pg. 87)

MARATHON not for the faint of heart, our 4 longest films of the year

From What is Before (pg. 104), Kano (pg. 90), The Golden Era (pg. 105), Queen (pg. 93)

REVOLUTION films about fighting the power and challenging the status quo

Non Fiction Diary (pg. 121), Shorts: There Will Be a Storm (pg. 78), Telos (pg. 80), Meeting Dr. Sun (pg. 119), Limited Partnership (pg. 61)

SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS | RUSH LINES Is the film you want sold out? Try the rush Line! rush lines start outside the theater as early as 30 minutes before the show. We will offer all open seats to rush Line 15 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-serve basis.

GO TEAM scrappy underdog sports teams and the love of the game

Kano (pg. 90), The Vancouver Asahi (pg. 111), Yasmine (pg. 100), 9-Man (pg. 54)

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED experimental films for those who march to the beat of their own drum

Reptilia in Suburbia (pg. 123), The Iron Ministry (pg. 116), Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy (pg. 118), Journey to the West (pg. 106), Stray Dogs (pg. 110)

THE REAL WORLD slice of life docs and features based on true stories

The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness (pg. 107), My Life in China (pg. 64), Songs of Rice (pg. 125), Limited Partnership (pg. 61), Non Fiction Diary (pg. 121), The Lost Sea (pg. 117)

LOVE IS IN THE AIR you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love

The Teacher’s Diary (pg. 96), Campus Confidential (pg. 85), Hello! Junichi (pg. 89), Limited Partnership (pg. 61), Fuku- Chan from Fukufuku Flats (pg. 86), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (pg. 103)

LGBT stories of life and love from the LGBT perspective

Anita’s Last Cha-Cha (pg. 82), Eat With Me (pg. 58), Kumu Hina (pg. 60), Appropriate Behavior (pg. 55), Limited Partnership (pg. 61)

DISCOUNTS For individual ticket discounts, visit http://festival.sdaff.org.

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VENUES

READING CINEMAS GASLAMP 15 ULTRASTAR CINEMAS MISSION VALLEY- HAzARD CENTER
READING CINEMAS
GASLAMP 15
ULTRASTAR CINEMAS
MISSION VALLEY-
HAzARD CENTER

OPENING NIGhT (November 6) 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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MAIN VENUE (November 7-13) 7510 hazard Center Dr

#100

San Diego, CA 92108

Film

Festival

UCSD CALIT2

ATKINSON HALL

AUDITORIUM

92108 Film Festival UCSD CALIT2 ATKINSON HALL AUDITORIUM USD SHILEY THEATRE SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE

USD SHILEY THEATRE

UCSD CALIT2 ATKINSON HALL AUDITORIUM USD SHILEY THEATRE SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

THEATRE SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS TAIWAN ShOWCASE CENTErPIECE EVENT MOVEfest

TAIWAN ShOWCASE

CENTErPIECE EVENT

MOVEfest

(November 7-9)

(November 8)

(November 9)

9500 Gilman Dr

5998 Alcala Park

2425 Dusk Dr

San Diego, CA 92093

San Diego, CA 92110

San Diego, CA 92139

ARCLIGHT CINEMAS LA JOLLA UCSD VISUAL ARTS PRESENTATION LAB MCASD SHERWOOD AUDITORIUM
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS
LA JOLLA
UCSD VISUAL ARTS
PRESENTATION LAB
MCASD SHERWOOD
AUDITORIUM

LA PALOMA THEATRE

LAB MCASD SHERWOOD AUDITORIUM LA PALOMA THEATRE (November 12) rEMEMBErING QUEEr CLOSING NIGhT

(November 12)

rEMEMBErING QUEEr

CLOSING NIGhT

(November 15)

4425 La Jolla Village Dr

KOrEA (November 13-15)

(November 14)

471 S Coast highway 101

San Diego, CA 92122

Voigt Dr and Mathews

700 Prospect St

Encinitas, CA 92024

Lane, room 149

La Jolla, CA 92037

San Diego, CA 92093

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SPONSORS

SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian

MAJOR GRANTS

SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian
SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian
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MAJOR SPONSORS

SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian
SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian
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SUSTAINING SPONSOR

SPONSORS MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian

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GALA PRESENTER

MAJOR GRANTS MAJOR SPONSORS SUSTAINING SPONSOR AUDIENCE AWARD 18 15 t h San Diego Asian Film

PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS

PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS OPENING NIGHT CLOSING NIGHT FREE FILMS AT FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT
PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS OPENING NIGHT CLOSING NIGHT FREE FILMS AT FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT

OPENING NIGHT

PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS OPENING NIGHT CLOSING NIGHT FREE FILMS AT FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT

CLOSING NIGHT

PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS OPENING NIGHT CLOSING NIGHT FREE FILMS AT FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT
PREMIER GALA SUPPORTERS OPENING NIGHT CLOSING NIGHT FREE FILMS AT FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT

FREE FILMS AT FOUR

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

MOVE fest

SPOTLIGHT
SPOTLIGHT

OFFICIAL AIRLINE

FOUR PACIFIC SHOWCASE MOVE fest SPOTLIGHT OFFICIAL AIRLINE MAJOR MEDIA SPONSOR OFFICIAL RADIO SPONSOR OFFICIAL PRINT

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OFFICIAL PRINT SPONSOR

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

REEL VOICES & YOUTH DAY

PUBLIC RELATIONS REEL VOICES & YOUTH DAY EDUCATION PARTNERS SCREENING SPONSORS JHIGS & FRIENDS UCSD TAIWAN
PUBLIC RELATIONS REEL VOICES & YOUTH DAY EDUCATION PARTNERS SCREENING SPONSORS JHIGS & FRIENDS UCSD TAIWAN

EDUCATION PARTNERS

SCREENING SPONSORS

VOICES & YOUTH DAY EDUCATION PARTNERS SCREENING SPONSORS JHIGS & FRIENDS UCSD TAIWAN STUDIES LECTURE SERIES
VOICES & YOUTH DAY EDUCATION PARTNERS SCREENING SPONSORS JHIGS & FRIENDS UCSD TAIWAN STUDIES LECTURE SERIES

JHIGS & FRIENDS

UCSD TAIWAN STUDIES LECTURE SERIES

UCSD CHUAN LYU ENDOWED CHAIR IN TAIWAN STUDIES

MEDIA PARTNERS

CHUAN LYU ENDOWED CHAIR IN TAIWAN STUDIES MEDIA PARTNERS COMMUNITY SPONSORS IN-KIND DONORS BLACKLAVA | BMW
CHUAN LYU ENDOWED CHAIR IN TAIWAN STUDIES MEDIA PARTNERS COMMUNITY SPONSORS IN-KIND DONORS BLACKLAVA | BMW

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

CHAIR IN TAIWAN STUDIES MEDIA PARTNERS COMMUNITY SPONSORS IN-KIND DONORS BLACKLAVA | BMW SAN DIEGO |

IN-KIND DONORS

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A milestone like the 15th, I’m told, is a big deal. It’s certainly a benchmark for the San Diego Asian Film Festival as it reaches beyond its adolescent years. 15 is also a convenient moment to reflect back on past films and celebrate alumni filmmakers like Greg Pak, Ken Ochiai, Iris Shim, and Dean Yamada, all returning with their newest work.

But even if we weren’t turning 15, Asian and Asian American cinema spent 2014 reflecting on history, especially as the future becomes unstable, as this year’s protests in hong Kong and Taiwan illustrate. When things get unpredictable though, it’s sobering to witness the momentous work of artists reminding us of what we’ve endured and how we can reinvent ourselves to stay active and relevant.

Documentaries like LOrDVILLE, NON FICTION DIA r Y, and LIMITED PA r TNE r S hIP tread the past laterally in savvy, politically-minded strides. Features like BELLA VISTA and shorts like GrAND CANAL reveal our surprising ties to past struggles, and experiment with film language to link those struggles with current attitudes toward living. And of course there’s Lav Diaz’s F rOM W hAT IS BEFOr E, a formidable work of historiography based on memory and clutching a frenzied hope for the future.

These works and others like MY LIFE IN ChINA, ThE GOLDEN ErA, ThE SEArCh FOr WENG WENG, ThE VANCOUVEr ASAhI, ThE rICE BOMBEr, and even FrESh OFF ThE BOAT and rEVENGE OF ThE GrEEN DrAGONS inspire us

to work through the difficulties of history with

the grace and feeling of their respective artists.

This year, we’re thrilled to join these cinematic historians by presenting two retrospective events of our own. Remembering Queer Korea proposes a counter-history of modern Korea by tracing queer images in films of every decade, from the 1970s to the present. Still Walking: the Post-Retirement Films of Tsai Ming-liang, shines

a spotlight on the work of a director after

he called it quits, reminding us that history sometimes can’t help but extend daringly into the future.

15 years thus is only a line we happily cross, mindful of what was before, but with a vision and excitement for what lies ahead.

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with a vision and excitement for what lies ahead. Sincerely, BRIAN HU Artistic Director LETTER FROM

BRIAN HU

Artistic Director

for what lies ahead. Sincerely, BRIAN HU Artistic Director LETTER FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 15 t h

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pacific Arts Movement would like to thank and recognize our Board of Directors,

a passionate group of business and

community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to help grow our dynamic organization. Board members are in charge

of governance, resources, and strategic

guidance. (not pictured: Michelle Ma, Mitchell reff)

HARLEN BAYHA, Chairman, Wells Fargo STEPHEN LEW, Vice Chair, S. Lew & Associates PAUL BERGMAN, Secretary, McGregor & Associates SHIRLEY PARK, Treasurer, PrOVEN Inc. STEPHEN CHIN, Chairman Emeritus, Sharp health Plan EUNICE BRAGAIS, U.S. Bank JUDY CHUNG, Windermere homes and Estates

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VARSHA ISRANI, Individual Investor SHEILA ABRENICA KANOYA, Port of San Diego JEFF KREBS, M.D, Kaiser Permanente KENT LEE, Boy Scouts of America AMETHYST LEWIS, Echelon Marketing Group GRANT LEWIS, Morgan Stanley MICHELLE MA, Qualcomm

MITCHELL REFF, (retired) Biogen Idec JANIS TAKAHASHI, ViaSat GARY WONG, (retired) Banking Executive WENDY WONG, Ken Blanchard LEON WU, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Stories bring people together, and the Pacific Arts Movement proudly presents the San Diego Asian Film Festival to celebrate building those connections. We believe that stories help us develop one of the finest and noblest aspects of humanity: our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others, to see what they saw, to imagine what they imagined, to experience what they experienced, even if they speak another language or live halfway around the world.

So, for the fifteenth year, on behalf of the volunteers, staff, and board, we invite you to kick back and relax, watch wild films cavort in their native habitat, and party like a four-year-old in a bounce house.

have a wonderful time at the festival, and thank you for being part of our movement!

Sincerely,

and thank you for being part of our movement! Sincerely, HARLEN BAYHA Board Chairman LETTER FROM

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2014 GEORGE C. LIN EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD:

VERA BRUNNER-SUNG

Each year since his passing, Pacific Arts Movement has proudly presented an Emerging Filmmaker Award in honor of the Festival’s late Program Director George Lin. A scientist by trade, George co-founded the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival in 2000, then joined the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2003. Quirky, loving, and passionate, he championed all things independent – film, music, art. George passed away in San Diego on October 14, 2008, after a long battle with cancer.

This year, the Festival is proud to announce that its 2014 Emerging Filmmaker is Vera Brunner-Sung for her feature film, BELLA VISTA (pg. 56), an inquisitive look at a Montana town and those who pass through it.

Ticket sales from the screening of BELLA VISTA will be donated to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund.

Please join us in congratulating Vera!

FESTIVAL JURORS

zEINABU IRENE DAVIS is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Some of her award- winning works include a drama about a young slave girl, zEINABU IRENE DAVIS Mother of the River (1996); a personal essay on breastfeeding, Co-Motion, (2010); and Mother of the River (1996); a personal essay on breastfeeding, Co-Motion, (2010); and an experimental narrative, Cycles (1989). her dramatic feature film Compensation (1999) features two inter-related love stories that offer a view of Black Deaf culture and was the winner of the Gordon Parks Award for Directing from the Independent Feature Project. her current documentary work, Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA, is in post-production.

FENG-MEI HEBERER is a scholar and film festival programmer. She is currently finishing her dissertation on Asian transnational video cultures at the University of Southern California. She is a curator for the Asian Film Festival Berlin, as well as programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Oh, and she is also working on overcoming her karaoke shyness. Any help appreciated.FENG-MEI HEBERER

INKOO KANG is a film and TV critic for The Wrap, the Village Voice, and formerly the Los Angeles Times. She is also the News Editor of Indiewire’s “Women and hollywood” blog. She has written about film and television, often focusing on issues of gender and race, for The Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, Vulture, and Business Insider, among many other publications. A native of Los Angeles, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.INKOO KANG

MICHAEL KANG is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. his first feature film The Motel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was the recipient of the humanitas Prize. It also earned jury prizes from numerous festivals including SDAFF. his second feature based in Los Angeles. his first feature film The Motel West 32nd premiered at the Tribeca West 32nd premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the first fully-financed US production by the Korean studio CJ Entertainment. his most recent film 4 Wedding Planners premiered at the hawaii International Film Festival in 2011. his most recent accomplishment is deactivating his Facebook account. he now has more time to focus on writing about himself in the third person.

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REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

NOV. 6 (THURSDAY), 7PM, READING CINEMAS GASLAMP

USA | ENGLISh, CANTONESE, MANDArIN 94 MIN | DCP | 2014

DIRECTOR Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo CAST Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, harry Shum Jr., Leonard Wu, Eugenia Yuen, Jin Au-Yeung, ray Liotta

Official Selection, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Filmmaker Andrew Loo and cast scheduled to attend

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Every generation or so hollywood announces a high-profile Asian American project and even invites Asian Americans to play the lead roles. Say what you will about the Flower Drum Songs, the Joy Luck Clubs, and the Harold and Kumars – they are events, opportunities, and seminal moments in the history of Asian American performers on screen. This generation, that film is rEVENGE OF ThE GrEEN DrAGONS. It’s directed by hong Kong-based Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and the bi-national Andrew Loo. It stars the who’s-who of East Asian American male actors on the cusp of the mainstream. And it’s about a community of scrappy Chinese Americans in New York Chinatown.

Sonny (Justin Chon of Twilight) watches his mother die during their trek from China to the United States. Growing up alone in the 80s means being in the shadow of warring gangs, and one day he gets recruited into the nefarious Green Dragons along with his buddy Steven (Kevin Wu of Kevjumba). Under the tutelage of commanders played by harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Eugenia Yuan (Charlotte Sometimes), and Leonard Wu,

they’re taught to kill and they’re taught the golden rule of the trade: never take out a white person. It’s a mantra the considerable racist element in the NYPD can get behind, but a young cop (Jin Au-Yeung, aka MC Jin) sees the situation differently.

rEVENGE OF ThE GrEEN DrAGONS moves head-spinningly fast, taking cues from hong Kong’s most barebones gangster films. Despite Martin Scorsese’s name above the title, rEVENGE is less a gangland epic than a swift slap in the face. The film thrives on the sense that the gang, the police, and the geopolitics are shifting way too fast for kids with guns to process.

But above all, the film is a showcase of young Asian American talent. Between this and 21 and Over, there should be no denying that Justin Chon is leading man material. The revelation though is internet sensation and Amazing Race veteran Kevin Wu as the firecracker of a friend, mullet raging over a thick-browed, harried boyishness trying to keep hold of the steering wheel. – Brian Hu

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT

NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 1:30PM, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SHILEY THEATRE

USA | ENGLISh | 60 MIN | hD | 2014 EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Nahnatchka Khan, Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan CAST randall Park, hudson Yang, Constance Wu, Eddie huang

World Premiere

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Screening of the show’s pilot episode to be followed by a conversation with the executive producers

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The series premiere of FrESh OFF ThE BOAT

on ABC in early 2015 will be a most unlikely event. Unlikely because it’s been 20 years since there’s been an Asian American sitcom on a major TV network. Unlikely because this one is Asian American from creators

and producers all the way to the lead cast.

Unlikely too that it’s based on the memoirs

of hip-hop quoting, street-food hustling

restaurateur Eddie huang.

The pilot follows the misadventures of Eddie

and his Taiwanese immigrant family from

DC down to their new home in Orlando.

Eddie’s parents (played by randall Park and Constance Wu) are launching a restaurant, while Eddie and his brothers try to make a name for themselves at school, despite having to bring tupperware of stinky tofu to the lunch tables. It’s a classic story of immigrant insanity, seen through the eyes of

a second-generation Asian American kid. It’s also a fantastic voyage through the mid-90s:

Lunchables, Nas lyrics, Wu-Tang t-shirts.

hoping to pick up where Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl left off 20 years ago, FrESh OFF ThE BOAT centers on another firecracker of a commentator. For years now, huang has been a fresh, outspoken voice on all things Asian American, especially as they relate to style and food (he’s the proprietor NYC’s Baohaus). With FrESh OFF ThE BOAT, he has his biggest platform yet, which he shares with a number of talented young actors and a team ready for prime time. – Erwin Mendoza

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CLOSING Night Film MEET THE PATELS

NOV. 15 (FRIDAY), 7:00PM, MCASD SHERWOOD AUDITORIUM

USA | ENGLISh, hINDI, GUJArATI 88 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR Geeta V. Patel, r avi V. Patel

Audience Award (Documentary), 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award (Documentary) and Founders Grand Prize, 2014 Traverse City Film Festival Official Selection, HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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A sharp, real-life romantic comedy with

verite stunts and testimonials on love and relationships, ravi and Geeta Patel’s new documentary follows ravi as he resorts to finding a wife the old-world way: by asking mom and dad for help.

Los Angeles actor ravi had been secretly (and seriously) dating a white American woman, Audrey, for two years before breaking up with her and embarking on

a family trip to his parents’ motherland, India. Once there, extended family and extended strangers incessantly ask when

ravi is getting married. Seeing that his own parents, who steal the show in every scene, seem to be happily married after 35 years

of arranged happiness, and the fact that

he himself had a happy upbringing rich with Indian culture, ravi decides to give arrangement a shot. hoping to find someone bicultural like himself, he embarks on a year- long dating tour throughout North America,

meeting potential matrimonial candidates through “biodatas” (a marriageability résumé passed through a vast network of relatives and their friends), the Indian wedding circuit, niche dating websites, and the “Patel Matrimonial Convention.”

If all goes well, he’ll find another Patel, an American-born woman of Indian descent, someone he finds physically attractive, and

a woman who loves him and he loves in

return. The odds aren’t great, but parents’ tenacity will always be greater. And is that greater than the memory of Audrey, the only love he’s ever known? The hilarity mounts, all while ravi’s director sister Geeta shoots, capturing second-generation dating in all of its comic turbulence. – Wilda Wong

Preceded by: SHAMELESS

USA | 4 MINS | 2013 DIRECTOR Geeta Malik

A woman has a surprise for her accusers.

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MOVE fest

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 2:30PM, SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 6:30PM, SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival and Outreach Through Dance present the inaugural MOVEfest, a showcase of live hip- hop and contemporary dance by the most exciting API performers, choreographers, and dance cinematographers around. San Diego has long been a hotbed for dance, especially within the Filipino American community, and MOVEfest serves to pay tribute to that local artistry, as well as to attract regional talent and inspire up-and-coming performers and filmmakers through the art of dance onstage and onscreen.

also highlight choreographers such as Gigi Torres, Anjanette Maraya-ramey, and Carlo Darang, and will feature video works by Syrene Bartolome, Anna Sarao & Eugene “X” ramos, rachel Woods, and Kevin Jenkins.

Pieces will highlight everything from community dance to human trafficking, from sisterhood to rebuilding after Typhoon haiyan.

MOVEfest will feature some of the biggest names in the region, such as Galen hooks (who has worked with Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Usher, and countless others) and the Filharmonic (from TV’s The Sing-Off). It will

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REMEMBERING QUEER KOREA

NOV. 13-15, UCSD VISUAL ARTS PRESENTATION LAB

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is proud to partner with the UCSD Program in Transnational Korean Studies to present a landmark retrospective on the history of queer images in Korean cinema – the first of its kind outside of South Korea. The retrospective is part of an international symposium, which includes an art exhibition and academic conference, all taking place at UCSD’s new Structural and Materials Engineering Building.

By Todd A. Henry Assistant Professor, UCSD Department of History Acting Director, Program in Transnational Korean Studies

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In recent years, sexual minorities have become increasingly visible in South Korea, as they have elsewhere around the globe. Events like the recent backlash against the wedding of Kim-Cho Kwangsu and Kim Sŭnghwan, underscore the growing volatility of queer politics, but also alert us to an entrenched history of struggle and survival.

REMEMBERING QUEER KOREA combines scholarship, film, and art in an attempt to critically reflect upon the place of non- normative sexuality and gender variance in the peninsula’s history and culture. To be sure, these topics have become an increasingly important part of South Korean society since the 1990s, as evidenced by the upsurge of human rights organizations, representations in film and on television, and in practices of queer consumption. however, the antecedents of these contemporary phenomena tend to remain hidden under an impenetrable veneer of imagined, if not real, conservatism. The screening of independent films spanning the twentieth century and beyond thus functions as an important reminder about the existence and even centrality of queer forms of life in constituting, contesting, and reinforcing

such forms of power as nationalism, heteropatriarchy, socialism, and capitalism.

The five film programs comprising this event

evoke “remembering” along different lines:

oral history, genre, cinephilia. Some, like ThE POLLEN OF FLOWErS and SABANGJI are themselves archival objects that bend the master history of Korean popular culture by wildly bending genres. Others, be they narrative films like BrOKEN BrANChES or

a documentary like ThE GIrL PrINCES, are

daring works of historiography in themselves,

tracking queer characters and images across the span of the republic of Korea and arriving at questions of representation, filmmaking, and entertainment today. So many of these films feature characters who are in show business; in some cases, they are producers of mass desire that is perceived as a threat, and in others they are producers of alternate stories, some mundane, others utopic visions

of Korean society and history.

When one of the greatest film artists of the past 20 years announces that he’s through, the film community stops and notices. When he then proceeds to reinvent himself and make some of the most innovative “films” around, it’s almost a cause for celebration. It’s certainly a cause for a closer look, and STILL WALKING:

THE POST-RETIREMENT FILMS OF TSAI MING- LIANG does just that.

Tsai’s flirted with retirement before. After the release of his final celluloid work Face in 2009, Tsai said he was finished with theatrical cinema. But then came last year’s celebrated Stray Dogs, which took one of the major prizes at the Venice Film Festival, topped Indiewire’s annual list of best unreleased films, and introduced him to a new generation of international cinephiles. To which Tsai retreated once again, announcing his retirement.

It could be though that since 2012, Tsai has set his eye on a new path: the “walker” project. Once again inspired by the body of his muse Lee Kang-sheng, Tsai began to explore perceptions of bodies in space in stunning shots that make simultaneous different

temporalities. Donning a signature red robe, Lee plays a monk who walks very, very slowly through cities and landscapes all with their distinct rhythms. It’s an abstraction of Tsai’s project with What Time is it There?, in which crossing different time zones produces excess sexual or spectral energies. With the “walker” series, the experience is much more stripped down and basic, but no less expansive in the responses they produce.

In Cinema Scope, Blake Williams describes this as Tsai’s “late digital period,” during which the capacity of digital video to capture duration has unlocked new possibilities of imagining movement and how it can be arranged on the cinematic surface. It’s present in Stray Dogs, which is in many ways the summation of Tsai’s narrative career and a fitting close – if it indeed is one. This period also represents the dovetailing of Tsai’s ongoing video installation work and his traditional filmmaking, achieving a synthesis envied by artists from both worlds.

STILL WALKING is a celebration of that synthesis and an inquiry into where it can go from here. It includes Stray Dogs as well as

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three entries into the “walker” project: Walker (from the Beautiful 2012 collection), Walking on Water (from Letters to the South ), and Journey to the West. Together, they literally map the footsteps of Tsai’s travels from hong Kong to Malaysia to Marseilles. They also form an intriguing thesis on cosmopolitanism and Chineseness. For kicks, we’re including the new digital restoration of Tsai’s 1994 masterpiece Vive l’amour, the first time Tsai stepped out internationally, lengthened his shots, and proclaimed that nothing would be the same after this.

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A CONVERSATION WITH ANNA AKANA NOV. 7 (FRIDAY), UC SAN DIEGO 50 15 t h

A CONVERSATION WITH ANNA AKANA

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Before Anna Akana’s “how to Put on Your

Face” went viral and crossed 2 million views

on YouTube, she was already a fan favorite

and an online personality in the best sense:

vivacious, consistent, candid, relatable, and totally funny. Since 2012, she’s entertained

a million subscribers through comedy

and music, and has appeared on the web miniseries Riley Rewind. What sets her apart from other stat-amassing YouTube stars though is that she has something to say. Not in the preachy, scripted sense, but in the way that an ordinary life observed with honesty is going to form a perspective that is fresh and resonant.

140 videos in, Akana has touched upon everything from love and sex, to mental illness and suicide, to the curiosity that is the life of Anna. her humor has bite, but is never above a self-deprecating aside or playful special effect. Akana has developed

a delivery that is smart but inviting, accessible and never condescending.

In early 2014, Akana embarked on a series of short films that have impressively expanded her persona and have showcased her development as an actor, writer, and director. Most impressively, they explore tones and narratives only hinted at in her vlogs and which are rare on YouTube more generally. Unusually experimental in makeup, costume, and set design, the shorts reveal a unique cinematic voice in the making. her head-first plunges into the surreal become a macabre vehicle for Akana’s unnerving stories of women’s bodies and the industrialization of beauty.

In a conversation with Asia Pacific Arts’ managing editor Ada Tseng, Akana, the recipient of SDAFF’s first annual Digital Pioneer Award, discusses her craft, her aspirations, and her curious position as one of the few Asian American woman storytellers who have succeeded on YouTube.

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World Premiere Screening of “Fresh Off The Boat.”

Saturday, November 8 Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Boat.” Saturday, November 8 Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall The University of San Diego celebrates 15 years

The University of San Diego celebrates 15 years of partnership with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, artists, film aficionados and community that continue to make this an extraordinary event.

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ASIAN AMERICAN PANORAMA

The best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors – from short film programs and animation, to documentaries about the famous and infamous, to feature-length tales of woe and humor.

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9-MAN

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 3:15PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY NOV. 12 (WEDNESDAY), 6:00PM, UCSD CALIT2 ATKINSON HALL AUDITORIUM

USA | ENGLISh, TOISANESE 89 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR Ursula Liang

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scheduled to attend 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival 9-Man is a sport like

9-Man is a sport like no other. Sprouting from the Chinatown concrete and spreading across the continent is all-American jungle ball: volleyball with more bodies and more bruises, more slams and more swagger. Also

unavoidable: that this is a sport of Chinese American men. Unimaginable: that outside

of the Chinatown circuit, the sport has been

under the radar of the mainstream, and until Ursula Liang’s new documentary 9-MAN, unknown even among many Asian Americans.

Liang is a former ESPN journalist and her excitement about the sport is undeniable. She follows several teams preparing for the big annual championship and does it with an eye for not just the David and Goliath dramatics,

but also a sense of what makes the sport such

a dynamic match of athleticism – a critical

contribution in a nation where Asian American male bodies are generally decorporealized. Sports in the U.S. have long been racialized, but Liang writes a new history of American sport traversing familiar stories of inclusion and exclusion, but surprising us throughout, tracing the sport’s dubious history in China and locating it in the streets of New York, Boston, and throughout North America.

refreshing and iconic, 9-MAN explores Chinese American culture as something not inherited or translated from a motherland, but something peculiar to enclave living and cross-generational identity formation. It’s also a blistering sports film that makes you root for favorite teams, and more importantly, an inspiring way of life. – Brian Hu

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Shirin is an underachieving 20-something with a Master’s degree in journalism but no job. She’s also bisexual, unbeknownst to her otherwise supportive Iranian parents. Worse yet, she’s just broken up with her girlfriend Maxine and she’s left to navigate the unbearable New York dating scene.

Gracefully intercutting flashbacks of Maxine and Shirin’s relationship, APPrOPrIATE BEhAVIOr is wonderfully and unapologetically hipster Brooklyn, both making fun of and honoring a city where you can meet and interact with former hair models named Tibet or support Jon Francis’s Kickstarter campaign at the #OccupyChelsea rally.

Director-writer-actress Desiree Akhavan is the star Asian American cinema has been waiting for. APPrOPrIATE BEhAVIOr’s quippy dialogue combined with Akhavan’s perfected deadpan delivery keep the mood light while also managing to tackle the harsh realities of today’s dating experience, where the best ways to meet someone are OkCupid and experimental art shows. Most importantly, Akhavan is able to address and discuss sexual identity in a way that feels natural and fresh. – James Paguyo

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NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 3:10PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh, FArSI 86 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Desiree Akhavan CAST Desiree Akhavan, rebecca henderson, halley Feiffer, Arian Moayed

Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Best Screenwriting, 2014 Outfest

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BELLA VISTA

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 5:25PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh | 83 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR Vera Brunner-Sung CAST Kathleen Wise, hiroka Matsushima

Official Selection, 2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam

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scheduled to attend 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival Vera Brunner-Sung’s coolly observational film

Vera Brunner-Sung’s coolly observational film BELLA VISTA starts with a drifter named Doris, a young white itinerant teacher to international students in Missoula, Montana. It’s an interesting premise, both because Missoula is Missoula, and Doris is the farthest thing from Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Doris lives in a dingy motel. She is pretty, but her prettiness only helps her blend into malls where she eats alone.

BELLA VISTA lives in the cagey space where transience complicates definitions of home. Inspired by Brunner-Sung’s own relocation to Missoula, Doris is someone for whom arriving doesn’t mean staying. Missoula, the film’s other subject, happens to be full of such characters – from her international students to the Japanese and Italians once imprisoned there.

Brunner-Sung asks what it feels like for Doris to make sense of a specific place in time. But place is not really a finite knowable object and we are always in the midst of making sense of our bearings. As such, Brunner- Sung’s posture is that of a wallflower, aloof but wide-eyed, scanning for connection, ready to leave.

Shot on a shoestring budget over 12 days, BELLA VISTA could seem at first glance like a despairing film, except for its many lilting turns, both narrative and aerobic. With a beautifully photographic eye, provocative shifts in perspective, and a sensory approach to questions of location and history, BELLA VISTA is a remarkable debut that puts Brunner-Sung on the feature-film map, no doubt ready to drift onto another. – Christina Ree

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Every summer, the cicada comes to the surface to make its mating call and shed its shell. In Japan, the cicada thus stands for reincarnation and rebirth. It’s also a running metaphor in CICADA, in which shy teacher Jumpei (Yugo Saso) is told by a doctor that he is infertile. The news sparks feelings of confusion and embarrassment, which don’t bode well for his already-shaky relationship with his family and girlfriend. But then there’s the bullied nephew ryota that Jumpei begins to mentor, as if ryota were a student or son, and Jumpei gains an assertiveness previously unseen.

With light comedic tones, CICADA surrounds Jumpei with a lively crew of offbeat characters: an overbearing sister, a slacker

brother-in-law, and an extroverted rocker

girlfriend. In his first feature film, director Dean Yamada draws from his own experiences as a teacher, not just in the thoughtful story of an educator, but also on the level of filmmaking. CICADA was produced as a project with Yamada’s current and former film students

at Biola University. As Yamada is reborn as a

feature film director, his students too come to the surface as filmmakers of their own. – Eric Lallana

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KEN MIURA: UNHEARD OF

USA | 5 MINS | 2014

DIRECTOR raymond C. Lai

A portrait of the USC film professor who

taught sound design to hollywood legends like George Lucas.

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NOV. 10 (MONDAY), 6:30PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA, JAPAN | JAPANESE 100 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Dean Yamada CAST Yugo Saso, hitomi Takimoto, Junpei Yasui, hiroko Wada

Best Narrative Feature, 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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EAT WITH ME

NOV. 7 (FRIDAY), 6:35PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh | 95 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR David Au CAST Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver, Nicole Sullivan

Official Selection, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selection, 2014 Frameline Film Festival

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scheduled to attend 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival There’s nothing quite as disarming

There’s nothing quite as disarming as food, and when it comes to family and its drama, there’s nothing quite like the ritual of the meal to relax and comfort us into confronting our differences and sharing our passions. David Au’s EAT WITh ME knows that feeling of gustatory and emotional pleasure all too well.

From a most original opening scene of a wife Emma (Sharon Omi) realizing how trapped she is in marriage, to her tentative visit to her son Elliot (Teddy Chen Culver), Au has us similarly disarmed through light humor. Elliot is a chef struggling to attract customers to his restaurant, while feeling

distant from a mother who hasn’t quite come to terms with the fact that he is gay. But with the help of Elliot’s irreverent neighbor Maureen (Mad TV’s Nicole Sullivan), Emma is exposed to a world unencumbered by expectations – and by husbands.

In his first feature-length film EAT WITh ME, writer and director David Au gives us a story filled with rich and complicated characters that jovially mirror those in our own lives. It shares insight like a family shares a meal: with an eye to tradition, a joy for improvisation, and always with a chair open to a friendly visitor. – Eric Lallana

Pacific Islanders in Communications presents PACIFIC SHOWCASE at SDAFF

Pacific Islanders in Communications presents PACIFIC SHOWCASE at SDAFF

Pacific Islanders in Communications presents PACIFIC SHOWCASE at SDAFF
Pacific Islanders in Communications presents PACIFIC SHOWCASE at SDAFF

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KUMU HINA

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 2:30PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh, hAWAIIAN 77 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR Dean hamer, Joe Wilson

Audience Award (documentary), 2014 Asian American International Film Festival, Best Documentary, 2014 Frameline Film Festival Youth Jury Award, 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival

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Finding love as a mahu (a “middle,” or

Through inspiring moments of education and

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with anti-colonial politics. At the center is a

documentary, a kumu (teacher) named hina comes to peace with her gender identity as she passes on hawaiian hula to her high school students and meets her

courageous, passionate teacher who finds room – and the deepest empathy – for all the middles on the margins. – Wilda Wong

husband along the way. One of her students,

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year-end performance.

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Chances are you have not heard of Filipino American richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. They were legally married in Colorado in 1975, but when richard applied for a green card for his husband, the Immigration and Naturalization Service officially called them “faggots” and denied their application. The couple sued to prevent deportation and filed the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.

LIMITED PArTNErShIP is a documentary about many resonant issues in America

today: marriage equality, immigration reform. But above all, it is a love story that fuels a 43-year path toward justice, traversing continents and living under the radar to avoid persecution and separation from family and friends. It’s an inspiring journey that shows that the fight for equality can be life’s work, as well as love’s work. – Wilda Wong

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6 WEDDINGS AND A DRESS

USA | 8 MINS | 2014

DIRECTOR Steven Nagano

The travels of a wedding dress first worn in a Japanese incarceration camp.

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NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 12:50PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh | 75 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR Thomas G. Miller

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LORDVILLE

NOV. 12 (WEDNESDAY), 4:00PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh, DELAWArE 67 MINS | hD | 2014 DIRECTOR rea Tajiri

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rea Tajiri, one of Asian America’s most important artists, makes films that unframe images from their dusty space on the mantle and unsettle them with sensuous reimaginings. Less concerned with an excavation of “truths,” Tajiri’s works construct a space filled with the gravitational pulls of history, longing, and memory – invisible pulls that alter and refigure our perception of the present.

In 2003, Tajiri purchased a house in the upstate New York town of Lordville, joining 50 residents who lived in this once-booming, now literal ghost town. By coincidence, Tajiri’s home had an existing paper trail of stolen land, with a family tree that reached back to white land speculator John Lord and his wife, Minisink Delaware Indian Betia Van Dunk who was legally barred from inheriting her own

property. In her latest film LOrDVILLE, Tajiri conjures the settler, the geologic, the nation, and the intimate, as she walks property lines, visits residents, conducts environmental readings and genealogical research, and brings us the deep pleasures and mysteries of a relationship to place, asking: what does land ownership mean? It’s a provocative question, through which Lordville emerges as a place of hauntings that exhale history, and land that thickens, breathes, and resists.

As with Tajiri’s canonical History and Memory, LOrDVILLE may prove to be a kind of paradigm shift, asking questions about Asian American complicity and the ongoing colonization of the Americas, underscoring yet again Tajiri’s place as one of our most pioneering artists. – Christina Ree

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We all want to escape at some point. This moody neo-noir explores what happens when conflicted characters finally take the plunge, leaving their haunted memories behind for a strange and salacious alternate path. In this story of a Japanese novelist (Ayako Fujitani) and a small town sheriff (Pepe Serna) who get caught up in a spider’s web of deceit, corruption, and murder, director Dave Boyle (Surrogate Valentine, SDAFF ’11) constructs a pivotal San Francisco film built entirely out of distrusting vantage points. Strangeness and danger permeate every angular frame and haloed composition, creating a skewed physical landscape that matches the characters’ warped psychology.

Opening with a foggy ode to robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, the serpentine plot then constricts and contorts to include narrative riffs on everything from Vertigo to The Maltese Falcon. All of the typical conventions and archetypes of film noir are subverted in arresting fashion. The result is a fascinating and fatalistic oddity about friendship, the failure of imagination, and withdrawal. As one characters says early on, “Sounds fun, pretending.” Boyle’s film proves just how precarious wearing a mask can be. – Glenn Heath, Jr.

MAN FROM RENO

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 4:45PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA, JAPAN | ENGLISh, JAPANESE 111 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Dave Boyle CAST Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuyo Shiba

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MY LIFE IN CHINA

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 1:20PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY NOV. 12 (WEDNESDAY), 6:30PM, ARCLIGHT CINEMAS LA JOLLA

USA | ENGLISh, TOISANESE, CANTONESE 52 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Kenneth Eng

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In 1966, Kenneth Eng’s father defected from China by swimming to Macau. he then ferried illegally to hong Kong and ultimately arrived in the U.S., where he had two sons. It’s a story of migration that’s not unusual in accounts of the Asian American experience or in celebrations of the American dream. What makes MY LIFE IN ChINA so fascinating and timely is that it begins with the epilogue to this familiar tale. While well- educated in China, Kenneth’s dad ended up cooking Chinese fast food in Boston. his wife was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic. America became a nightmare. he had escaped China once for a better life. 40 years later, could he escape back?

A documentarian, Kenneth follows his father as he traces his steps back on a visit to

China. The documentary moves briskly and the years accelerate backward until father and son arrive at the beginning, where the answer to his father’s questions no longer look so simple.

MY LIFE IN ChINA is a powerful and deeply personal take on the seeming arbitrariness that is migration, nation, and a life defined by economic potential. And whereas many Asian American films have chronicled a return to roots, MY LIFE IN ChINA is about roots severed and branches that could have been. The unspoken but critical presence through it all is American-bred Kenneth himself, a product of multiple migrations and the branch that simply is, regrets or not. – Brian Hu

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NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), NOON, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

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Since 2005, reel Voices has empowered local high school students by teaching them the art of documentary filmmaking. This intense, 12-week summer internship helps students become socially- conscious storytellers, learn Final Cut Pro editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production.

This year, reel Voices presents the short documentaries of 10 students whose works touch on issues ranging from work and college, to race and identity.

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CONFESSIONS OF A COSPLAYER DIRECTOR Gabi D’amico USA | 4 MIN | 2014 Members of the cosplay community talk about the sexualization of costumes and stress that cosplay is not consent.

IT S A PROCESS DIRECTOR rebecca Liu USA | 6 MIN | 2014 Coming out can be harder than one realizes.

THIS IS NOT A PIPE DREAM: ASIANS IN THE ARTS DIRECTOR Alex Jen USA | 11 MIN | 2014 Three young Asian artists share their experiences on their path to making their “pipe dreams” come true.

JUST LIKE YOU DIRECTOR Ashton Tu USA | 4 MIN | 2014 Jake Froman doesn’t let cerebral palsy discourage him from pursuing his dreams.

CLIMATE CHANGE DIRECTOR Jakob rostamo USA | 7 MIN | 2014 A look at the effects of global warming and pollution.

SKIN DIRECTOR hinsseenee regassa USA | 7 MIN | 2014 Young black females share their stories as victims of racism.

WITNESS DIRECTOR Melissa ruegg USA | 6 MIN | 2014 An inactive Jehovah’s Witness discusses leaving the religion and experiencing new things.

A STEP FORWARD, A LOOK BACK DIRECTOR Iris Pulsingay USA | 9 MIN | 2014 A group of college-bound friends reveal their expectations and worries before

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AS WE ARE DIRECTOR Krisel Magana USA | 5 MIN | 2014 Sebastian speaks of his journey and experiences as a transgender male.

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NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 5:35PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh | 97 MIN | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Jeff Fong CAST Jared Egusa, Diana Lu, Geo Lee, David Lautman

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Well, it could be worse. Yeah, you were picked on in school. And sure, you were born into a family of assassins. And on your 21st birthday, you have to kill somebody in front of the elders to prove your loyalty to the clan. It could be worse, because you might not have siblings willing to walk you through it, to stick their necks out by being your advocates, and to be your friends in a family of killers.

So at least that’s working in favor of ru, a sweet kid who wouldn’t hurt a fly, let alone murder for money. Sensing his desperation, ru’s sister negotiates a deal for him: for his first kill, he can pick his own target. But ru’s so virtuous he can’t even swear, so playing judge, jury, and executioner is going to be an ethical knot he’s not so keen to untie.

What starts off as an eccentric family comedy turns into an uncommonly genuine story about sibling love. In his feature debut, Jeff Fong directs his actors with aw-shucks earnestness and displays a lively visual style. Countless young Asian American directors have attempted to bring YouTube’s DIY aesthetic and youth genres to the big screen, but this is the rare one that feels like the organic evolution of those Wong Fu-inspired nice guy shorts. ru’s camera asides are as KevJumba as they are Ferris Bueller. The awkward absurdity is less farce than honest desperation. But what truly sets rU apart is that the home-spun Sacramento scrappiness doesn’t detract from the emotional ambition, but makes it that much more sincere. – Brian Hu

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80 MINS how do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the magical art of animation.

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JIMMY LOVES JUICE

USA | 5 MINS | 2013 | 2D DIRECTOR David Yee

A normal day in the park for young Jimmy

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INDIA | 6 MINS | 2011 | CG DIRECTOR Mariana ramirez

A rickshaw driver plays wacky tour guide on

a cultural ride through the bustling streets of India.

STEADFAST STANLEY USA | 4 MINS | 2014 | 2D DIRECTOR John Kim When the apocalypse breaks, all Stanley the Pembroke Welsh Corgi wants to do is get back to his owner.

GOOD MORNING

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A salaryman hits the snooze button one too

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HIGHER SKY USA | 6 MINS | 2014 | 2D DIRECTOR Teng “Eric” Cheng In a breathtaking jungle, a monkey and a swallow have a kung fu encounter.

ORIGAMI FrANCE | 8 MINS | 2012 | CG DIRECTOR Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, hugo Bailly Desmarchelier, Camille Turon haiko’s paper dragon and inner demons come alive and battle it out.

BY THE STREAM USA | 3 MINS | 2013 | 2D DIRECTOR Otto Tang A time-lapse glimpse into the trials, tribulations, and monotony of a man’s life.

JOHN DOE USA | 4 MINS | 2014 | STOPMOTION DIRECTOR Yizhou Li, Dustin reno When a detective begins putting the evidence together on a seemingly unsolvable case, his pursuit for the truth takes an unexpected turn.

A WARRIOR S DREAM ChINA | 3 MINS | 2013 | CG DIRECTOR Li Jin Donnie Yen vs. Bruce Lee. ‘Nuff said.

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IMPERMANENCE TAIWAN | 7 MINS | 2012 | CG DIRECTOR Miao Tien-Yu In a dystopic world, a temporal tsunami threatens to swallow up Wu Chang and his city of ruins.

HARDLOCK S.KOrEA | 6 MINS | 2014 | 2D DIRECTOR Kim Tae-kyun, Shim Je-eun An overbearing boss torments his subordinate until a twist of fate turns the tables around.

RED FrANCE | 6 MINS | 2014 | CG DIRECTOR Alexandre Charleux, Victoria Bruneel, Amaury Brunet, Ning Zhang In the dark districts of the metropolis, a mysterious serial killer strikes down red- dressed women.

A FOX TALE

FrANCE | 6 MINS | 2011 | CG DIRECTOR Thomas Bozovic, Alexandre Cazals, Julien Legay, Chao Ma In ancient China, two brothers risk all in a fight over a mysterious and tantalizing fox.

DEAR MOM

USA | 3 MINS | 2014 | 2D DIRECTOR Qianyu (Cherry) Zhou

A daughter’s heartfelt letter to mom.

THE REWARD

USA | 3 MINS | 2014 | 2D DIRECTOR Po Chou

A tale of gratitude and paying it forward.

BEHIND MY BEHIND

USA | 4 MINS | 2014 | 2D + STOPMOTION DIRECTOR David Chai

A disheartened Earnest Knapp learns that

the valuable things are often just a butt

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NOV. 7 (FRIDAY), 4:00PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

99 MINS

There’s no rest for the former actors, the closet superstars, and the kids living out movie-plot fantasies.

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a Free Film at Four, sponsored by Diego Asian Film Festival MILKYBOY DIRECTOR Arnold Arre PhILIPPINES
a Free Film at Four, sponsored by Diego Asian Film Festival MILKYBOY DIRECTOR Arnold Arre PhILIPPINES
a Free Film at Four, sponsored by Diego Asian Film Festival MILKYBOY DIRECTOR Arnold Arre PhILIPPINES
a Free Film at Four, sponsored by Diego Asian Film Festival MILKYBOY DIRECTOR Arnold Arre PhILIPPINES

MILKYBOY DIRECTOR Arnold Arre PhILIPPINES | 20 MIN | 2013 As he embarks on dating, rey yearns to be disassociated with his past as an actor in commercials.

GRACE OF GOD DIRECTOR Millicent Cho USA | 8 MIN | 2013

In a Catholic prep school, teenage

hijinks abound over sex, love, and divine intervention.

THE BUSY YOUNG PSYCHIC DIRECTOR Chen ho-yu TAIWAN | 29 MIN | 2013

A teenage girl’s special talent gets in the way

of her romantic aspirations.

WHAT A DAY

DIRECTOR Shannon Lee USA | 3 MIN | 2014

A bejeweled day full of questions and

cupcakes.

THE BADDEST PART

DIRECTOR Adam Azimov USA | 14 MIN | 2014

A young couple hits the road to live out their

badland fantasies.

DISTANT LIGHT DIRECTOR Alexander Lau USA, hONG KONG | 25 MIN | 2013 In the eerie shambles of an old family home, father and son retreat into their own devices.

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HUNGRY MONSTER, EPISODE 3: BOBA DIRECTOR Karen Lin USA | 3 MIN | 2014 Our costumed friend introduces us to the Taiwan beverage boba.

FOR THE LOVE OF UNICORNS DIRECTOR Genevieve Erin O’Brien USA | 6 MIN | 2014 Kylan’s love for unicorns brings a community together.

RAVI & JANE DIRECTOR Stuart O’rourke AUSTrALIA | 14 MIN | 2013 Sri Lankan newcomer ravi is welcomed by his classmate Jane.

HUNGRY MONSTER, EPISODE 2: BATSANG DIRECTOR Karen Lin USA | 5 MIN | 2014 The hungry monsters are back! This time to talk about tasty rice dumplings tied up in bamboo leaves.

TWINS IN BAKERY DIRECTOR Mari Miyazawa JAPAN | 5 MIN | 2013 When the owner’s not looking, two hot dogs come alive and bring a bakery to life.

AHCO ON THE ROAD DIRECTOR Soyeon Kim SOUTh KOrEA, USA | 9 MIN | 2013 A baby elephant goes on a journey to reunite with her mother.

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NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 11:00AM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

46 MINS

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WALLPAPER DIRECTOR Elaine Chen CANADA | 2 MIN | 2013 A new homeowner peels back the wallpaper and uncovers old stories, one layer at a time.

HUNGRY MONSTER, EPISODE 1 : STINKY TOFU DIRECTOR Karen Lin USA | 4 MIN | 2014 What’s that smell? It’s the tastiest, stinkiest tofu of all!

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GAY OF THRONES

NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 7:30PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

91 MINS

From a divine princess and fierce drag queens to a king-sized dilemma, a royal dose of drama and fun awaits.

IN SUNRISE DIRECTOR Xinzheng Wang SINGAPOrE, USA | 12 MIN | 2014 A widower and his deceased wife’s personal nurse are drawn together in grief.

CANTONESE STYLE! DIRECTOR Bea Soong USA | 9 MIN | 2014 At dim sum, Flora and Bessie dish on fashion, friendship…and their waiter.

SQUARED DIRECTOR hieu Tran USA | 15 MIN | 2014 A one-night stand gets competitive when two guys discover they are both tops.

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they are both tops. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival CROSSING BARRIERS: CULTURE CLASH
they are both tops. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival CROSSING BARRIERS: CULTURE CLASH
they are both tops. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival CROSSING BARRIERS: CULTURE CLASH
they are both tops. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival CROSSING BARRIERS: CULTURE CLASH

CROSSING BARRIERS: CULTURE CLASH QUEERS DIRECTOR Caro reyes USA | 13 MIN | 2013 Young people of color bare all, crossing barriers to identity and acceptance.

BAI XIE (SNOW WHITE) DIRECTOR Ian Burris ChINA | 9 MIN | 2014 A drag mother helps her students transform into glamorous performers.

NO NO, HOMO DIRECTOR Jerell rosales USA | 3 MIN | 2014 Two friends catch a matinee and share a mouthwatering bucket of popcorn.

TO SIT WITH HER DIRECTOR Nicole Miyahara USA | 5 MIN | 2014 Leon, a transman, makes a pilgrimage to visit his 97-year-old grandmother in rural Taiwan.

PRINSESA DIRECTOR Drew Stephens USA | 12 MIN | 2014 A father squares off with his friends after his son dreams of becoming a princess.

ABAN + KHORSHID DIRECTOR Darwin Serink USA | 13 MIN | 2013 Inspired by true events, two lovers must face the punishment for being gay.

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RATTLEFLY DIRECTOR Min Ding USA | 20 MIN | 2014 Sara feels trapped until the new pastor’s daughter arrives in town.

NAMI DIRECTOR Masami Kawai USA | 13 MIN | 2014 An older woman goes through a ritual of love that spans the city of Los Angeles.

MY BROTHER DIRECTOR Vu Pham, Joe X. Jiang USA | 24 MIN | 2014 A wayward Vietnamese American is shadowed by his specter of a brother.

HYPEBEASTS DIRECTOR Jessica dela Merced USA | 20 MIN | 2013 Waiting in line for the hottest new shoes becomes an unexpectedly complicated matter.

JAYA DIRECTOR Puja Maewal INDIA | 19 MIN | 2013 A thieving orphan hopes to reunite with her biological father.

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GRAVITY BURNS

NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 3:00PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

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The pressures of falling back to earth are no match for the unshakeable tethers of love and family.

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MOONLIGHT REPRESENTS MY HEART

NOV. 14 (FRIDAY), 4:00PM, MCASD SHERWOOD AUDITORIUM

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AUDITORIUM 76 MINS This is a Free Film at Four, sponsored by Through a moonbeam fog

Through a moonbeam fog of cinematic memories emerge powerful visions of contemporary China.

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contemporary China. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival GRAND CANAL DIRECTOR Johnny Ma ChINA
contemporary China. 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival GRAND CANAL DIRECTOR Johnny Ma ChINA

GRAND CANAL DIRECTOR Johnny Ma ChINA | 19 MIN | 2013 With rock-n-roll romanticism and a heavy heart, a son remembers his father’s experiences on the docks.

MOUNT SONG DIRECTOR Shambhavi Kaul INDIA | 8 MIN | 2013 reverberations of a mushroom-cloud movie set where the wind triggers special effects nobody will see.

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF FENFEN DIRECTOR Leslie Tai USA, ChINA | 28 MIN | 2014 Three years of video diaries on work and love play out as soap opera entertainment in public spaces.

THE QUESTIONING DIRECTOR Zhu rikun ChINA | 21 MIN | 2013 One night in 2012, director Zhu rikun knew the authorities would come knocking so he turned on his camera.

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HAPPY FUN ROOM DIRECTOR Greg Pak USA | 14 MIN | 2014 A kids TV show host wonders if her message has lost its bite.

SO YOU VE GROWN ATTACHED DIRECTOR Kate Tsang USA | 15 MIN | 2014 An imaginary friend knows his time is about up.

PEEPERS

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A young couple freaks out during dinner

over what lurks just outside their window.

GRANDMA DIRECTOR Yu Chen USA | 5 MIN | 2014 A day in the life of an elderly woman shaking beneath her masks.

FINGER RUNNING DIRECTOR Diana Li USA | 9 MIN | 2014

Two women get tangled in a dazzling play

of fingers and hair.

IT S NOT A PRISON IF YOU NEVER TRY THE DOOR DIRECTOR Joshua Gen Solondz USA | 7 MIN | 2014 Godzilla gets zapped.

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NOV. 11 (TUESDAY), 4:00PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

91 MINS

The dark unknown, a happy fun place, an other-worldly waiting room, the digital noise. Pick your door wisely.

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DIRECTOR Iris K. Shim USA | 11 MIN | 2013 A doctor’s routine diagnosis of a young girl grows frightening.

BOYCOTT DIRECTOR Boyoung Lim SOUTh KOrEA | 23 MIN | 2014 Young vigilantes torment a convenience store manager over unpaid wages.

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THERE WILL BE A STORM

NOV. 8 (SATURDAY), 3:20PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

96 MINS

Armed with song and dance, and backed by a digital toolkit and dreams for a better world, these voices won’t be silenced.

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scheduled to attend 15 t h San Diego Asian Film Festival DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF
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DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Marissa Aroy USA | 28 MIN | 2014 Filipino farm workers of the sixties become essential players in the fight for organized labor.

MASS CONFUCIAN: CHINESE LANGUAGE OR COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA? DIRECTOR Philip W. Chung USA | 25 MIN | 2014 Emotions run high when middle school Chinese language classes become controversial.

WHY WE RISE DIRECTOR Brian redondo, Corinne Manabat USA | 13 MIN | 2013 Three undocumented Asian Americans emerge from the shadows and find their political voice.

COMFORT GIRLS DIRECTOR Eugene Lee Yang USA | 5 MIN | 2014 Four K-pop sisters lash out at the male gaze.

TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE DIRECTOR Kevin B. Lee USA | 25 MIN | 2014 The latest Michael Bay film finds a cutting pre- life on YouTube.

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A new kind of film hero emerged in the 90s:

the overgrown child, a figure whose ability to feel more and dream bigger than adults made them simultaneously off-putting and endearing. The suburbs, which seem to only be the right size for small children and doting parents, are a perfect foil for these characters. Against such backgrounds, these Napoleon Dynamites seem all the more ridiculous…and heroic.

Now, twenty years into this seemingly exhausted genre emerges SUBUrBANITE, a film that’s so fresh and disarmingly hilarious you would think it’s the first of its kind. Grice (Carlo Chavez) is a college-aged Filipino American desperately avoiding adulthood

by scheming to open a hot dog cart, and by finally finishing an action movie “Drug Island” that he and his best friend Diggs (Jeff Jackson) had begun as children. That such a schemer could have a girlfriend is made all the more convincing by the fantastic deadpan performance of Mishka Balilty as the target of his pursuits.

The first feature film by young director ryan Jameson, SUBUrBANITE is everything you’d want a filmmaker’s debut to be: charming, honest, and confident in its unique voice. The film feels so hand-made and full of love you’d hope Jameson and his team were also running the projector and ripping your tickets. – Lev Kalman

SUBURBANITE

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USA | ENGLISh, TAGALOG 62 MINS | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR ryan Jameson CAST Carlo Chavez, Jeff Jackson, Mishka Balilty

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NOV. 9 (SUNDAY), 1:00PM, ULTRASTAR MISSION VALLEY

USA | ENGLISh | 52 MIN | DCP | 2014 DIRECTOR Kyung Lee

Official Selection, 2014 Newport Beach International Film Festival

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