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welcome six degrees of separation If you believe in six degrees of separation, then you

welcome

six degrees of separation

welcome six degrees of separation If you believe in six degrees of separation, then you may

If you believe in six degrees of separation, then you may agree technology has made the world a much smaller place. Countries, languages, and space no longer separate us. The once inaccessible is now accessible through the internet and media, and we learn we as humans are ultimately connected through common experiences of love, hate, despair, and happiness. That connection is what makes our film festival so precious and critical. As our world becomes smaller, the need to understand each other, to co-exist, becomes more pressing. Through film, we emotionally connect with stories and people who open our minds to worlds we never knew existed, who remind us of life’s worst tragedies and simplest pleasures.Who make us laugh and think, giving us something to talk about long after the credits end. Most of all, I believe film inspires and creates community.

Even after eight years of doing this, our festival’s programmers are always surprised at the new crop of films offering fresh perspectives and unique storytelling. With more than 100 films in 57 unique programs, we hope you will take in as much of the cinematic feast as you can. We are especially proud to have a record number of Asian American features, from our opening night film FINISHING THE GAME directed by the amazing Justin Lin, to our closing night film, the West Coast premiere of Michael Kang’s WEST 32ND, starring John Cho, Grace Park, and newcomer Jane Kim. Both directors are SDAFF alumni. Also returning to our festival with feature films - Gene Rhee and his hilarious romantic comedy THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE, Korean adoptee Joy Dietrich in her feature debut TIE A YELLOW RIBBON, and documentary filmmaker Ho Sup Lee with AND

THEREAFTER II, revealing the complex life of a prostitute-turned military wife.

Other fascinating documentaries include THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE about male host bars in Japan; the emotionally riveting NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA showcasing Hawaii’s oldest male hula troupe; rock the house with AIR GUITAR NATION and the rise of Asian American “C-Diddy” ; and SENTENCED HOME, which humanizes America’s flawed immigration policy.

Our spotlight film from Sundance, DARK MATTER, will certainly spark discourse, based on the true story of the rise and fall of a gifted physics student, Gang Lu. Plus, international films including Park Chan-Wook’s I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OKAY and the heartwarming HULA GIRLS from Japan are expected to draw large crowds. If you’re looking for action, try the Asian American gangster film BABY or Truc Charlie Nguyen’s masterfully choreographed THE REBEL.

For those with a short attention span, never fear - we have eight fantastic short film programs ranging from stories of love, family, and purgatory to downright low-brow humor in our comedy shorts program, “CRAZYSEXYFUNNY.” Also returning this year is our showcase of San Diego films in “Localmotion”, our fantastic animated shorts program “Animation:The Illusion of Life,” and our locally produced student documentaries,“Reel Voices.”

And if that’s not enough, we get to meet and chat with the charming GEORGE TAKEI who is receiving our lifetime achievement award for his contributions to Hollywood for 50 years (oh my!).

Whatever you choose to see, we hope that you will leave feeling

more connected to the world

and to yourself.

Lee Ann Kim

Executive Director

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ABOUT SDAFF

HOW YOU CAN HELP • Become a member • Make a tax-deductible donation • •
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Become a member
• Make a tax-deductible donation
• Tell your friends and family about us!
donation • • Tell your friends and family about us! The San Diego Asian Film Foundation

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to sharing the legacy of Asian Pacific Islanders through film and videos. Since 2000, we have premiered more than a thousand films, hosted hundreds of filmmakers, and touched the lives of tens of thousands of people. We pride in presenting unique, enter- taining, and culturally meaningful film programs.

WHAT WE DO

• Annual film festival

• Membership program with special discounts & offers

• Quarterly film screenings

• Student scholarships, high school documentary training, & film review workshop

• Free Youth Day programming

• Community programs

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“A wonderful awe-inspiring experience that I still have yet to forget a year later.” – Festival Patron

“SDAFF is the most well-run & the most fun festival I’ve been to.” – James Kyson Lee, actor (NBC’s “Heroes”)

“I saw more excellent films in 3 days than most people will see in a year

one of the classiest film festivals I’ve ever been to.” FilmThreat.com

– Eric Campos,

• Volunteer! We always need help in marketing, fundraising & special event planning

Inquire about becoming a board of director • Buy a ticket, support our films!

planning Inquire about becoming a board of director • Buy a ticket, support our films! The

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TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the Hazard Center UltraStar Cinema box office. To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime.

NON-MEMBER PRICES

Opening & Closing Night Films

MEMBER PRICES

$15 (Finishing the Game & West 32nd)

General Admission

$9

Festival 4-pack (while available)

$30

Music Showcase

$7 with ticket stub, $10 without

offsite event, refer to info below

Opening & Closing Night Films

$9

General Admission

$5

Festival 4-Pack (while available)

$18

Blowfish Music Showcase

free w/ membership card

members must show membership card at time of purchase members also receive discounts on festival t-shirts

REFUND POLICY

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

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SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

We offer $2 discounts for the following groups with appropriate identification:

Students Military Seniors Harrah’s Total Rewards Card Holders Viejas V-Card Holders Eastlake Card Holders

Discounts or coupons cannot be applied toward 4-packs or $7 shows. Group discounts are only available if arranged with the Foundation prior to the festival.

if arranged with the Foundation prior to the festival. SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES When a

SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES

When a program is sold-out, there’s a very good chance seats will be available through a “rush line” at the theatre. Rush lines take place outside the theatre 30 minutes before the show. We will offer all open seats 15 minutes before show- time on a first-come basis to those waiting in the “rush line.”

FILM FESTIVAL VENUE

UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas 7510 Hazard Center Drive San Diego, CA 92108

BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE

Aubergine Nightclub 500 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

The 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

SPECIAL EVENTS & PANELS at a glance

SPECIAL EVENTS & PANELS at a glance Opening Night Party Thu Oct 11, 9PM Airport Lounge,

Opening Night Party

Thu Oct 11, 9PM

Airport Lounge, 2400 India St. Join us with the cast and crew of FINISHING THE GAME as we celebrate the beginning of our 8th season. Free for members, pass holders, and FTG attendees. Sponsored by AZN Television. 21& up.

and FTG attendees. Sponsored by AZN Television. 21& up. Dishing With the Stars: A Celebrity Panel

Dishing With the Stars: A Celebrity Panel

21& up. Dishing With the Stars: A Celebrity Panel Blowfish: Intersection of Sights and Sounds Fri

Blowfish: Intersection of Sights and Sounds

Fri Oct 12, 8PM

Aubergine , 500 Fourth Ave. Our popular Friday night party, featuring live hip-hop performances, music videos, and local DJs. Plus, celebrity appearances and drink specials. $7 w/ ticket stub/$10 at door. 21& up. See page 15 for more info.

stub/$10 at door. 21& up. See page 15 for more info. Break Another Leg: Acting Workshop

Break Another Leg: Acting Workshop

page 15 for more info. Break Another Leg: Acting Workshop The New Media: A Web2.0 Panel

The New Media: A Web2.0 Panel

Sat. Oct 13, 11:30AM FREE

UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley UltraStar 6 - Time Warner Industry experts and filmmakers share advice in this free panel on how to best market

your film on the web, and examine the latest

in technology. Moderated by Dean Lim (XDL

films,“On the Lot”) who brings his expertise on digital filmmaking and marketing to the masses.

on digital filmmaking and marketing to the masses. The Trek of George Takei: An Intimate Discussion

The Trek of George Takei: An Intimate Discussion

Sat Oct 13, 2PM

Sun Oct 14, 10:30AM

Sun Oct 14, 1PM

UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley

Doubletree Hotel – Sonoma Room

UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley

Candid discussion with Hollywood’s Asian

A multi-dimensional workshop exploring

A

live discussion about the personal journey

American stars. See page 14 for more info.

theatre training, acting, agents, auditions and

of

actor George Takei – from Star Trek to

headshots, by the Asian American Repertory Theatre. For more info visist: www.sdaff.org

the Howard Stern Show and NBC’s Heroes. See page 16 for more info.

Blowfish: unplugged Sat Oct 13, 12PM Mission Valley Ultrastar Cinema Lobby While enjoying some of
Blowfish: unplugged
Sat Oct 13, 12PM
Mission Valley Ultrastar Cinema Lobby
While enjoying some of the best movies and
short films of SDAFF, take some time out
to experience the eclectic acoustic styles of
some of SoCal’s most talented musicians.
See page 15 for more info.
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of
admission.
musicians. See page 15 for more info. A of admission. Youth Day Tue Oct 16, 11AM

Youth Day

Tue Oct 16, 11AM

UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley

free day of films for local high school

students, showcasing short documentaries produced through SDAFF, and a collection

short films from this year’s festival. Free

a collection short films from this year’s festival. Free Bone Marrow Drive Oct 12, 13 4-9PM

Bone Marrow Drive

Oct 12, 13 4-9PM

Outside UltraStar Cinemas, Hazard Center Help save lives by registering yourself for the national bone marrow registry! Just takes a simple cotton swab of the mouth. Meet Survivor winner, Yul Kwon, who shares his personal story of losing his best friend to leukemia.

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 11 - 14, 2007

OCT. 11 THURSDAY

4:45pm Know Justice Know Peace Theater 6 - Time Warner

7:00pm

FINISHING THE GAME Preceded by Building a Journey Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:15pm 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND Preceded by Voices of Distant Star Theater 2 - Fujitsu

7:30pm A DIRTY CARNIVAL Theater 6 - Time Warner

7:45pm BOLINAO 52 Theater 1 - Eastlake

9:15pm ISABELLA Theater 2 - Fujitsu

9:45pm ANG PAMANA Theater 7 - Harrah’s

9:15pm

THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE preceded by Girls Night Out Theater 1 - Eastlake

9:30pm BABY Theater 2 - Fujitsu

9:45pm

THE VICTIM Theater 7 - Harrah’s

OCT. 13 SATURDAY

10:30am

Break Another Leg Doubletree Sonoma Room

11:30am The New Media: Using Web Video for Making Your Voice Heard Theater 6 - Time Warner

12:00pm

WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS Theater 2 - Fujitsu

12:30pm Know Justice Know Peace Theater 1 - Eastlake

6:00pm

I’MA CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK Theater 7 - Harrah’s

6:15pm Love is a Battlefield Theater 6 - Time Warner

7:30pm TRE Theater 2 - Fujitsu Preceded by Shoot My Life

7:45 PM GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE Theater 1 - Eastlake

8:30pm UNDOING Theater 6 - Time Warner

8:45pm BLACKOUT Theater 7 - Harrah’s

9:30 PM Heaven is Too Far Away Theater 1 - Eastlake

OCT. SUNDAY

11:30am Reel Voices

Theater 7 - Harrah’s

OCT. 12 FRIDAY

1:00pm

5:15pm

AND THEREAFTER II Theater 1 - Eastlake

2:00pm

5:30pm

NEW YEAR BABY Theater 7 - Harrah’s

2:30pm

6:15pm Bridging the Gap Theater 6 - Time Warner

3:00pm

6:45pm SHANGHAI KISS Theater 2 - Fujitsu

7:00pm AIR GUITAR NATION Theater 1 - Eastlake

7:15pm

Queer Delight: Sweet Buns & Sticky Rice Theater 7 - Harrah’s

8:30pm TAZZA:THE HIGH ROLLERS Theater 6 - Time Warner

NANKING Theater 7 - Harrah’s

Dishing with the Stars Theater 6 - Time Warner

AMERICAN PASTIME Theater 2 - Fujitsu

12:15pm SENTENCED HOME Theater 1 - Eastlake

12:30pm All Around the World Theater 2 - Fujitsu

1:00pm The Trek of George Takei Theater 6 - Time Warner

Animation:The Illusion of Life Theater 1 - Eastlake

1:45pm OWL AND THE SPARROW Theater 7 - Harrah’s 2:30pm Dim Sum and Then Some
1:45pm
OWL AND THE SPARROW
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
2:30pm Dim Sum and Then Some
Theater 1 - Eastlake
2:45pm
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
3:15pm CATS OF MIRIKITANI
Theater 6 - Time Warner
4:30pm HULA GIRLS
Theater 7 - Harrah’s

3:15pm THE REBEL Theater 7 - Harrah’s

4:00pm

NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA preceded by The King Boys Theater 6 - Time Warner

5:10pm DARK MATTER Theater 2 - Fujitsu

5:30pm CrazySexyFunny! Theater 1 - Eastlake

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 14 - 18, 2007

5:00pm VANAJA Theater 1 - Eastlake

6:00pm THE REBEL Theater 1 - Eastlake

5:15pm NO REGRETS Theater 2 - Fujitsu

6:15pm

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND

5:30pm Local Motion Theater 6 - Time Warner

Theater 2 - Fujitsu Preceded by Voices of Distant Star

7:00pm RAINBOW SONG Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:00pm

I’MA CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:30pm ISABELLA Theater 1 - Eastlake

7:45pm ANG PAMANA Theater 2 - Fujitsu

8:00pm AFTER THIS OUR EXILE Theater 6 - Time Warner

OCT. MONDAY

6:15pm CATS OF MIRIKITANI Theater 1 - Eastlake

6:30pm Dim Sum and Then Some Theater 6 - Time Warner

6:45pm YEAR OF THE FISH Theater 2 - Fujitsu

7:15pm TAZZA:THE HIGH ROLLERS Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:15pm CrazySexyFunny! Theater 6 - Time Warner

8:15pm AMERICAN PASTIME Theater 2 - Fujitsu

8:30pm AIR GUITAR NATION Theater 1 - Eastlake

8:45pm Love is a Battlefield Theater 6 - Time Warner

9:15 PM THE VICTIM Theater 7 - Harrah’s

OCT. WEDNESDAY

4:45pm

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON Theater 2 - Fujitsu

5:00pm

OWL AND THE SPARROW Theater 7 - Harrah’s

8:00pm HULA GIRLS Theater 1 - Eastlake

5:15pm SENTENCED HOME Theater 6 - Time Warner

8:35pm AND THEREAFTER II Theater 6 - Time Warner 8:50pm BABY Theater 2 - Fujitsu
8:35pm
AND THEREAFTER II
Theater 6 - Time Warner
8:50pm BABY
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
OCT. TUESDAY
7:00pm
4:15pm
NA KAMALEI: MEN OF
HULA
preceded by The King Boys
Theater 1 - Eastlake
5:30pm
ALL IN THIS TEA
Theater 6 - Time Warner

5:30pm Heaven is Too Far Away Theater 1 - Eastlake

6:45pm GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE Theater 2 - Fujitsu

SAMOAN WEDDING Theater 6 - Time Warner

7:15pm SHANGHAI KISS Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:30pm Animation:The Illusion of Life Theater 1 - Eastlake

8:35pm

WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS Theater 2 - Fujitsu

9:15pm A DIRTY CARNIVAL Theater 6 - Time Warner

9:30pm BLACKOUT Theater 7 - Harrah’s

OCT. 8 THURSDAY

5:30pm NEW YEAR BABY Theater 2 - Fujitsu

5:45pm Bridging the Gap Theater 6 - Time Warner

6:30pm AFTER THIS OUR EXILE Theater 1 - Eastlake

7:00pm WEST 32ND Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:15pm

All Around the World Theater 2 - Fujitsu

7:45pm RAINBOW SONG Theater 6 - Time Warner

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MEMBERS OF SDAFF

Join a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and culture.As a member, you receive discounts on film festival tickets and merchandise, invitations to members-only events, and access to sneak preview screenings of films prior to their theatrical release.

Becoming a member of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation means you are joining a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and culture.As a member, you receive discounts on film festival tickets and merchandise, invitations to members-only events, and access to sneak preview screenings of films prior to their theatrical release. Memberships are year-long, from January through January.

2007 MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

PRODUCERS ($1000)

Charlie Compuesto Joon Han Gene Kim Chong Lee Ed Lee Jerrilyn Malana Diana Mar Jip-Chuh Steve Peace Eddie Wang Rodriguez

PATRONS ($500)

Sheila Abrenica Kanoya Michael Cheswick Dan Hom Ray Hom Greg Park Lee Ann Kim & Louis Song Duke Tran Charles and Linda Tu Sarah Yang

SUPPORTERS ($250)

Mark Cumberland Amber Kibble-Walker Albert Lee Benjamin Lee Ildiko Lutar Joseph Ongsiapco Miyo and Mitchell Reff William Saung Kenneth Wade

DONORS ($100)

Elias Almazan

Miguel Avila

Keith Calistro

Henry Cheng

Lisa Chin

Sandra Chong

Erika Hiramatsu

Mija Kim

Eric Lallana

Joe Mendoza

Chris Paffendorf

Luis Ramos

Abraham Shragge

Mark Stabb

Yen Tu

Fusako Yokotobi

FRIENDS ($55)

Melissa Bernardino

Serge Besanger

Shirley Chow

K. Clavero

Roman Cortez

Jim Gottlieb

Punvipa Grice

Jackie Horner

Rebecca Johnson

Gerardo Leon

Edwin Lim

Aaron Ling

Matthew Long

Quynh Nguyen

Tai Nguyen

Shirley Omori

Chris Rule

Didi Tanadjaja

Dennis Tashima

Alan Tse

David Tytler

John Vo

Jim Wade

Kurtis Wong

Matthew Wong

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Friends $55

- First round invitation to sneak preview screenings

- Exclusive invitation to annual membership soiree

- Discounted tickets to the film festival, special screenings, & merchandise

- Discounted tickets to our new quarterly film screenings

- Recognition in program booklet and website

Donor $100

Friend of SDAFF benefits, plus:

- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt

- Two complimentary tickets to one of our new quarterly film screenings

- Two complimentary opening night tickets to the annual film festival

Supporter $250

Friend of SDAFF benefits, plus:

- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt

- Two complimentary tickets to two of our new quarterly film screenings

- Two complimentary opening night and closing night tickets to the annual film festival

- Complimentary festival 4-pack ticket package

Patron $500

Friend of SDAFF benefits, plus:

- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt

- Two complimentary tickets to three of our new quarterly film screenings

- Two complimentary all-festival passes to our annual film festival - Two complimentary seats at our annual gala awards dinner

Producer $1,000

Friend of SDAFF benefits, plus:

- Two complimentary SDAFF t-shirt

- Two complimentary tickets to all four of our new quarterly film screenings

- Two complimentary all-festival passes to our annual film festival

all-festival passes to our annual film festival Four complimentary seats at our annual gala awards dinner

Four complimentary seats at our annual gala awards dinner - Verbal recognition at our film festival

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Memberships are tax-deductible. SDAFF Federal Tax ID#33-1001523

If you would rather send us a check, please make them payable to “SDAFF” and send them to:

San Diego Asian Film Foundation c/o Memberships 7969 Engineer Road, Suite 206 San Diego, CA 92111

Thank you for supporting the SDAFF!

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DISHING WITH THE STARS: a celebrity panel

Our favorite Asian American celebs give us a dose of reality when it comes to surviving in Hollywood. It’s not all glitz and glamour, so why do they do it? From type-casting and scoring the dream role to indie projects and their MySpace pages, a no-holds bar discussion. Panel Length: 90 minutes

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 2:00pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Moderated by Lee Ann Kim. Scheduled to speak:

- Fujitsu Moderated by Lee Ann Kim. Scheduled to speak: JOY BISCO Days of Our Lives

JOY BISCO

Days of Our Lives

Ann Kim. Scheduled to speak: JOY BISCO Days of Our Lives ROGER FAN Annapolis, Better Luck

ROGER FAN

Annapolis, Better Luck Tomorrow

Days of Our Lives ROGER FAN Annapolis, Better Luck Tomorrow JAMES KYSON LEE NBC’s Heroes LEONARDO

JAMES KYSON LEE

NBC’s Heroes

Better Luck Tomorrow JAMES KYSON LEE NBC’s Heroes LEONARDO NAM The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift,

LEONARDO NAM

The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift, The Perfect Score

NAM The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift, The Perfect Score JELYNN RODRIGUEZ “The Drop” host Ron

JELYNN RODRIGUEZ

“The Drop” host

The Perfect Score JELYNN RODRIGUEZ “The Drop” host Ron Yuan CSI, Baby  | YUL KWON

Ron Yuan

CSI, Baby

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JELYNN RODRIGUEZ “The Drop” host Ron Yuan CSI, Baby  | YUL KWON Winner of Survivor:
JELYNN RODRIGUEZ “The Drop” host Ron Yuan CSI, Baby  | YUL KWON Winner of Survivor:

YUL KWON

Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands

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BLOWFISH: an intersection of sights and sounds

Come kick off SDAFF 2007 with our second annual music and video showcase.A dynamic convergence of Asian American talent, Blowfish is an

exploration of the intersection of beats, rhymes and film, through live performance and projected videos. Don’t miss this party, a deadly delicious

mix of Los Angeles party-rocking with San Diego flavor.

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 10pm (Doors open at 8pm)

AUBERGINE Night Club

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Onami

$10

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500 4th and Island

$7 w/ Festival ticket stub

San Diego, CA 92101

FEATURED PERFORMERS:

ticket stub San Diego, CA 92101 FEATURED PERFORMERS: FAR*EAST MOVEMENT Representing the Fresh Coast with their

FAR*EAST MOVEMENT

Representing the Fresh Coast with their party rocking new school sound. fareastmovement.com

619-232-8100

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sound. fareastmovement.com 619-232-8100 aubergineon4th.com THE UPSTARTS Breathing a refreshing sound back into the

THE UPSTARTS

Breathing a refreshing sound back into the minds and souls of Classic Hip-Hop. Myspace.com/TheUpStarts

minds and souls of Classic Hip-Hop. Myspace.com/TheUpStarts TIMZ American born rapper of Chaldean/Iraqi descent, mixes

TIMZ

American born rapper of Chaldean/Iraqi descent, mixes explosive, Middle Eastern beats. Timzonline.com

mixes explosive, Middle Eastern beats. Timzonline.com DJ VU DO / DJ ASTHETIC Spinning fresh beats throughout

DJ VU DO / DJ ASTHETIC

Spinning fresh beats throughout the night.

DO / DJ ASTHETIC Spinning fresh beats throughout the night. FEATURED MUSIC VIDEOS Ain’t No Sunshine
DO / DJ ASTHETIC Spinning fresh beats throughout the night. FEATURED MUSIC VIDEOS Ain’t No Sunshine

FEATURED MUSIC VIDEOS

Ain’t No Sunshine - Tatum Jones Iraq - TIMZ Back Home - Blue Scholars Champion - Native Gun ???? - The Upstarts Post 9/11 Blues - MC Riz ??? - Far East Movement TRT: 300 minutes

BLOWFISH

UNPLUGGED

Sat Oct 13, 12PM FREE Ultrastar Cinema Lobby experience the eclectic acoustic styles of some of SoCal’s most talented musicians.

Terry Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle
Terry Matsuoka
Dave’s Son
Jason Turtle
musicians. Terry Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Big Phony Lindsey Yung Joanie Mendenhall Co-Presented By:
musicians. Terry Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Big Phony Lindsey Yung Joanie Mendenhall Co-Presented By:
musicians. Terry Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Big Phony Lindsey Yung Joanie Mendenhall Co-Presented By:

Big Phony

Terry Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Big Phony Lindsey Yung Joanie Mendenhall Co-Presented By: Onami

Lindsey Yung

Matsuoka Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Big Phony Lindsey Yung Joanie Mendenhall Co-Presented By: Onami Future Rockstars

Joanie Mendenhall

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THE TREK OF GEORGE TAKEI: an intimate discussion

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 1:00pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Moderated by Lee Ann Kim

With millions of fans around the world, George Takei is arguably Asian America’s most famous living icon. Best known for his distinctive voice and portrayal of Mr. Sulu (or Lt. Hikaru Sulu for you Trekkies) on the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, George has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest- starring roles to his credit.

His acting career dates back to the 1950s when there were virtually a handful of minorities in Hollywood. His motion picture debut was in “Ice Palace” starring Richard Burton in 1959. Seven years later, as a member of the original Star Trek cast, George challenged convention by becoming one of the first Asian American actors to speak without a foreign accent and without the burden of stereotypes in his role as Sulu. Originally helmsman of the starship USS Enterprise, Sulu was promoted to captain of the USS Excelsior.

In addition to his role in Star Trek which spanned more than 40 years, George has appeared in a wide variety of shows including Will & Grace, Malcolm in the Middle, Murder She Wrote,Twilight Zone, Miami Vice, Hawaii Five-O, My Three Sons, and many others.

Even today, George continues his remarkable career as a recurring character on the popular NBC show, Heroes, playing Kaito Nakamura, the father of time- traveler Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka).You can also catch him from time-to-time as a semi-regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show, where he has garnered praise from loyal Stern fans for his sense of humor, honesty, and his booming laugh.

George’s notoriety has also given him the platform to share his experiences of spending most of his childhood in American internment camps during World War II. He is an outspoken community activist and a member of the Human Rights Campaign, having traveled the country to speak on civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans.

For his five decades in Hollywood and his invaluable contributions to society, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation is honoring George Takei with a lifetime achievement award, and we will host an intimate discussion with him on his career, his life, and legacy.

discussion with him on his career, his life, and legacy. Takei as Mr. Sulu Speaking at

Takei as Mr. Sulu

him on his career, his life, and legacy. Takei as Mr. Sulu Speaking at Human Rights

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Takei at Sirius Radio’s Howard Stern Show

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FINISHING THE GAME

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s Theatre

DIRECTOR: Justin Lin WRITERS: Josh Diamond, Justin Lin PRODUCERS: Julie Asato, Sal Gatdula, Justin Lin CAST: Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Dustin Nguyen, McCaleb Burnett, MC Hammer, Leonardo Nam, James Franco

*Mature content *Director, cast & crew scheduled to attend

Preceded By BUILDING A JOURNEY Director:Anson Ho | 14 min. | Video | 2007 An exciting look behind the scenes with Justin Lin and the crew of FINISHING THE GAME, its journey to Sundance, and reflections on Asian American cinema.

In 1973, Bruce Lee died suddenly at the age of 32, leaving behind footage intended for his dream project “The Game of Death.” Not one to miss an opportunity for profit, Hollywood executives cast stand-ins to double as Lee in a rewritten script which took advantage of 12 minutes of Lee’s real footage, including his now immortal fight with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his iconic yellow-and-black jumpsuit.

Following his groundbreaking indie hit “Better Luck Tomorrow” (Opening Night, SDAFF ’02) as well as studio ventures “Annapolis” and “The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift,” director Justin Lin returns to his roots with FINISHING THE GAME, a rollicking comedy spoof about the search for Bruce Lee’s stand- in. Documentarians capture the absurd, hilarious and sometimes disturbingly true-to-life (but decidedly fictional) audition process as a motley assortment of candidates vie for the role.

FINISHING THE GAME turns out to be less about Bruce Lee than it is a lampoon of Hollywood in the 1970s, poking fun at the behind-the-scenes farces and the racism—both blatant and subtle—ingrained in the industry. Lin reunites many of his cast from “Better Luck Tomorrow” (Sung Kang, Roger Fan) and populates the film with cameos by friends gained along the way, such as Leonardo Nam and Brian Tee (from “The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift”), Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump Street), James Franco and even MC Hammer.

—Taro Goto, (SFIAAFF)

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Join the cast and crew of FINISHING THE GAME at: Airport Lounge (2400 India St.)

Thu. Oct 11, 9pm - 1am 21 AND UP ONLY

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and crew of FINISHING THE GAME at: Airport Lounge (2400 India St.) Thu. Oct 11, 9pm

Whither the Dragon

By Jeff Yang

Bruce Lee passed out of the living world into legend 34 years ago, but for Asian Americans living in the P.B.L. (Post-Bruce Lee), we revere the man for his unique stature as one of the small pantheon of folk heroes to our name.Yet there’s also a level of angst and resent- ment at how his mythic status has defined how the world sees us, especially those of us who are males.That ambivalence is a powerful theme of Justin Lin’s FINISHING THE GAME, a dark mockumentary purporting to tell what happened when Hollywood decided to try to complete Lee’s final, unfinished work,“Game of Death,” using a double to replace its deceased superstar. FINISHING THE GAME, due out in October from IFC films, is an homage—and a loving one. But it’s also a critique—not so much of Lee the man, but of the Rube Goldberg apparatus that his life and death set in motion.

In one of “Game of Death’s” most mind-boggling scenes, Bruce Lee’s

stand-in looks at his reflection in the mirror, and—in a low-tech at- tempt at preserving the illusion that he’s Lee—the filmmakers cut to a cardboard cutout of his face pasted onto the mirror’s surface. From

a metaphorical standpoint, every time any Asian American guy looks

into a mirror, we see that cardboard cutout of Bruce Lee’s face, star- ing back out at us. No one since Bruce has been Bruce, though many people have tried.The gap he left in the pop continuum remains empty; the hole he left in Asian American culture remains unfilled. But perhaps the reason for that absence is because the wrong goal is be- ing targeted. We don’t need Bruce Lee, or, as some wags have dubbed him,“Kung Fu Jesus,” to come again and rapture us out of Hollywood purgatory. We need to address the same problems he faced, and to face them as he might have, in our wishful dreams.As Lee himself famously said in “Enter the Dragon,” “It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon: Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”

Bruce is the superstar, the myth, the martial-arts messiah whose image is seared into everything we do—he’s the finger. So what’s the way to_the moon? Justin Lin and his crew, his ever-expanding “fam-

ily” of performers and creators, think they’ve found the way.They speak of the journey they’re on, and the films they’ve done together. FINISHING THE GAME unites cast and crewmembers from each of Lin’s previous films, underscoring the idea that each work is just

a chapter in a larger story.They talk about carving out a new way of making, distributing, marketing, and merchandising Asian American

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row,” scored an average box office per screen on its first weekend of $30,000—the highest per screen average for Paramount Classics and MTV Films ever.“It was the first time Hollywood had really hard data, that Asian Americans exist and want to see Asian American prod- uct—and that whites, blacks, and Latinos are willing to cross over to see it,” says Lin. So for FINISHING THE GAME, the boys—and Julie

Asato, who produced both films—are back on the road, meeting people, connecting with real filmgoers, extending the family.

For example, by mobilizing grassroots,“Better Luck Tomor-

That sense of hope, of empowerment, of never giving in to over- whelming odds—that’s the fighting spirit that Lee hoped he’d inspire in his people.That’s the heavenly glory. Bruce is gone, but always with us. Other fighters have stepped into the fray.And the game—the game goes on.

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Closing Night Film

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s Theatre

DIRECTOR: Michael Kang PRODUCERS: Teddy Zee,Ted Kim WRITERS: Michael Kang, Edmund Lee CAST: John Cho, Chil Kong, Grace Park, Jane Kim, Jun Kim

*Mature content *Director and cast scheduled to attend

West Coast Premiere

Director Michael Kang returns to the SDAFF with his latest feature,WEST 32ND, a thriller set in New York’s Koreatown, starring an impressive cast of Korean American and international stars. This feature marks the first American production of CJ Entertainment, Korea’s largest entertainment company.

After hustling his way onto a pro-bono homicide case, an ambitious young lawyer, John Kim (John Cho), infiltrates the gritty Korean underworld of New York, searching for clues.The murder suspect is a teenager charged with gunning down the manager of a Korean “room salon” club.The boy’s sister, Lila Lee (Grace Park) is sure of his innocence and will sacrifice anything to save him.

WEST 32ND

Grace Park of WEST 32ND

John feels connected to Lila and is determined to help.Though he is Korean American, John barely knows how to speak Korean and finds himself a foreigner in K-town’s exciting nightlife. He befriends Mike Juhn, a well-dressed, ruthless gangster newly in charge of the Korean club where the murder took place. Before he knows it, John is neck-deep in the gang-related politics of Koreatown, and his dangerous search for answers often gets lost in translation. Having premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to sold-out audiences, Kang and his co-writer, Edmund Lee, expose the darker side of Koreatown with twists and turns that leave the audience wondering who to trust.

Director Michael Kang
Director Michael Kang
John Cho in WEST 32ND
John Cho in WEST 32ND
Jane Kim in WEST 32ND
Jane Kim in WEST 32ND

Former SDAFF winner, director Michael Kang, returns to San Diego for closing night with his crossover thriller film,WEST 32nd, exposing the dark side of New York’s Koreatown.

By Lee Ann Kim

c ongrats on the incredible success of your second feature! It’s such a departure from THE MOTEL (awarded Best Dramatic Narrative Feature, SDAFF ‘05).What made you decide to focus your next feature on New York’s Koreatown?

Having grown up in New England in a mostly non-Asian setting, moving to New York was a huge change for me.At the heart of that, I was always fascinated by my relationship to the Korean enclave of Flushing and the strip of Korean businesses on 32nd Street.The story of West 32nd was a way for me to explore the connections between 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans.

Is K-Town’s underworld as thrilling and scandalous as you make it out to be?

There are lines blurred, but the heart of the film is based in facts. My co- writer Edmund Lee was a reporter at The Village Voice when I first met him, and he had been working for a year already on an expose on Korean criminal culture.The case involved in the film is also very common and actually had been inspired by a real murder of a room salon manager a friend who worked in the non-profit sector had told me about. Obvi- ously, there is artistic license taken in the delivery of these events, but it is the essence of truth.

How cool was it to work with such a talented cast (which included both huge Korean and Korean American stars)? Any diva stories?

I have been blessed with the talent I have gotten to work with. I had never worked with John Cho or Grace Park prior to this film and there was a fear that with either or both of them that I would run into bad Hollywood behavior. But I think that as with all Asian American actors out there that have been fortunate enough to get consistent work, they are very grounded in the fact that the types of roles I write are not the typical roles they get to play – namely, characters that are very close to their own experiences.

You had sold-out screenings at Tribecca Film Fest, where WEST 32ND premiered.What was that like to premiere in your home town where the film was shot?

It was gratifying to be able to show the film to the city to which it was a love letter. The support we got there was amazing. We had to turn away hundreds of people at every screening.That was unheard of.

You can meet filmmaker Michael Kang, his cast, and crew at our closing night screening of WEST 32ND,Thursday, October 18.

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Spotlight Film

DARK MATTER

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 5:10pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

USA | 90 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Shi-Zheng Chen WRITER: Billy Shebar PRODUCERS: Janet Yang, Andrea Miller, Jeff T. Miller EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Linda Sophie Chiu, Kirk D’Amico CAST:Ye Liu, Meryl Streep,Aidan Quinn

Chiu, Kirk D’Amico CAST:Ye Liu, Meryl Streep,Aidan Quinn *Mature content *Producers scheduled to attend New
Chiu, Kirk D’Amico CAST:Ye Liu, Meryl Streep,Aidan Quinn *Mature content *Producers scheduled to attend New
Chiu, Kirk D’Amico CAST:Ye Liu, Meryl Streep,Aidan Quinn *Mature content *Producers scheduled to attend New
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Quinn *Mature content *Producers scheduled to attend New York-based Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng makes
Quinn *Mature content *Producers scheduled to attend New York-based Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng makes

New York-based Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng makes his first feature film debut with DARK MATTER, which follows a Chinese science student pursuing a PhD. He is studying the origins of the universe.The Mid-Western Valley State University cosmology student, Liu Xing, dreams of winning the Nobel Prize by attempting to unravel the secrets of dark matter, that mysterious substance that governs the universe. Liu finds a remarkable amount of freedom in the United States and initially finds it exciting, but as time passes he finds himself struggling as an alien in a new environment. He develops a connection with a generous socialite played by Meryl Streep

who helps him in his transition into American society. Liu becomes protégé to head of the cosmology department Jacob Reiser, played by Aidan Quinn, who threatens to thwart Liu’s aspirations with campus politics when it becomes clear that Liu’s developing theories oppose Reiser’s models. Eventually Liu gets pushed to the margins of academia and society after he goes behind Reiser’s back to publish his discoveries.Alone and unsupported, Liu finally explodes with vengeful hostility in a final and chilling act of violence.

DARK MATTER is based on the true story of a disgruntled physics student from China

who killed six people at the Iowa University of Iowa in 1991. It is a remarkable surprise that any filmmaker would even approach the subject of a tragic campus shooting from the gunman’s point of view, but even more surprising that it is executed so well, with a certain elegance and sense of honesty. Add to that an outstanding performance by newcomer Ye Liu, DARK MATTER proves to be as mesmerizing a film as the universe itself.

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Cal State San Marcos Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association

D irector Chen Shi-Zheng’s DARK MATTER plunges the expansive and progressive world of academia into

darkened corners — the film is loosely based on the true story of Gang Lu, a brilliant young physicist from China whose talents met a tragic end at an American university in 1991.The film, recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and Shi-Zheng’s first feature-length piece, centers on Liu Xing (Liu Ye), a budding scientist who arrives at Valley State University as a part of a cosmology research team.

“We researched [Gang Lu], but after some time, the characters in our film took on lives of their own that departed from the original characters and became more consuming,” producer Janet Yang said.“There was also a great deal of research done about Chinese students at universities across the country in general, and science students in particular.”

The film courts an undercurrent of gloomy themes, many of which recently drew public ire. Xing faces a bevy of obstacles throughout the film, and finds himself lost in a web of cultural and campus politics. Xing cannot escape his glaring weakness:

he is a foreign student in a foreign land.As such, Xing finds himself embroiled in confusion that forces him from his coveted standing within the academic arena. Soon, the violently obsessed and unbalanced Xing dives back into the chance to reclaim his reputation.

The similarities between the film, the subject it is based on (in which Lu shot and killed five colleagues then committed suicide) and this year’s shootings at Virginia Tech sparked protests to the film’s U.S. release. However, the events at Virginia Tech, in which students were indiscriminately murdered, differ vastly from DARK MATTER’s themes, an intensely dark tour of one star’s fall into desperation and, eventually, murder.

“We had long wrapped production when VA Tech occurred,” Yang said.“We had already screened the film at Sundance in January, and won the Alfred P. Sloan Award. Ironically, the only criticism of note that we received about the film was that the ending to some seemed kind of implausible. After VA Tech, nobody made that accusation.”

Because the film’s producers “could not comfortably distribute and promote our film so close to [Virginia Tech’s] aftermath,” Yang said, the film is now slated for a spring 2008 release.

- By Charles Nguyen

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FEATURES

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND

“Not a typical anime”

by Kent Ngo

Japanese w/ English subtitles| 60 min. | Video | Color | 2007 DIRECTOR: Makoto Shinkai Japan

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu Tue. Oct 16, 2007 6:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Achingly beautiful, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, breaks new ground in anime in both artistry and storytelling. Named for the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND consists of three segments and follows a boy named Takaki through his life, first as a middle school student, through high school, and as an adult working as a computer programmer. Delicate, powerful, and heartrending, each segment explores the complex nature of human beings, giving viewers a familiar and real world perspective of the struggles we face against time, space, people, and love. Masterfully crafted with every second counting, this is a film that will certainly stay with you for days.

CENTIMETERS PER SECOND is not typical Anime.There are no talking

animals.There are no inanimate objects with faces.There are no intense, overtly violent scenes.There is only an animated love story as real as can be.Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND spans three sequential, short-story episodes, each a different time period in the life of Takaki Tono.

The first episode is situated when Takaki is about to enter junior high.After his very close friend Akari Shinohara moves away, they try to remain in contact with each other through letters and phone calls. But when Takaki learns that his family is moving farther away, he hitches on a train to see Akari one last time.The story is told through Takaki’s narration, with poetic details of his emotions and thoughts.

Such is also true for Kanae Sumita, who is introduced in the next segment as a friend in Takaki’s older teen years. She is a classmate of Takaki in his new school after moving from his home in the last episode. Claiming it was “love at first sight” when she first meets Takaki,

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she narrates her story with the innocence of youth.The withering pain of love that cannot be is a bittersweet theme that purports these growing stories of young adults.

The animation throughout the film is stunning, with every scene taking place in an actual location in Japan. Makoto brings the audience into this familiar realm of life, with the spark of young love and the glisten of beautiful imagery; it is only a shame that these short stories are just that--too short.

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

Preceded By

VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR

Director: Makoto Shinkai, Steven Foster | 30 min. | Video | 2003

When the alien Tarsians attack, Mikako volunteers to be a pilot to protect mankind. Separated from his girlfirend, the two remain in contact by sending text messages, but each battle takes Mikako further from Earth and messages take longer to arrive.Will their love stand the test of time and distance?

AFTER THIS OUR EXILE
AFTER THIS OUR EXILE

One of the leading filmmakers of the Hong Kong new wave during the early ’80s, Patrick Tam returns after a 15-year absence with a film that is visually (and emotionally) arresting. Set in 1990s Malaysia,Tam’s family drama dissects the troubled relationship between a loser father (Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok) with a gambling problem and his son who desperately looks up to him. Deserted by their wife and mother, the men drift across the thin line that divides survival from collapse. Fleeing from loan sharks, the father encourages his son to rob houses, a scheme with predictably disastrous results. In contrast, the mother is now remarried and living a comfortable middle-class life.A few years later, the grown-up son returns to his home and, for better or worse, comes to terms with his loss of innocence.

AIR GUITAR NATION
AIR GUITAR NATION

A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the U.S.Air Guitar Championships. Legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion in a strange world where musical ability plays second fiddle to virtual virtuosity (think “American Idol” meets a Star Trek convention). Two aspiring rock legends strum and strut their way towards glory and the coveted national title. C. Diddy (David Jung), a Korean American samurai warrior clad in a Hello Kitty breast plate and red kimono, emerges as an early favorite. But his arch nemesis, Björn Türoque (Dan Crane), is not far behind. While C. Diddy threatens to unleash his self-professed “Asian Fury’’ on his competitors, Björn vows to take Diddy down.

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Hong Kong | Cantonese w/ English Subtitles | 139 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Patrick Tam WRITERS: Patrick Tam, Kai-Leong Tian PRODUCER: Chiu Li-kuang CAST:Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung, Gouw Ian Iskander

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 8:00pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 6:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Mature content

Co-presented by:

SingMa Club, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

USA | 82 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Alexandra Lipsitz PRODUCERS: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Anna Barber EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Cedric Devitt, Kriston Rucker

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Mature Content *C-Diddy scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

San Diego Dragon Boat Team, SDSU Asian Pacific Student Alliance

Full of triumph and hilarity, patriotic spirit and competition, AIR GUITAR NATION won the coveted Best Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival and is quickly spawning a cult following in both the film and the artform.

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SHORTS

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

From North Korea to Australia, this short film program will take you around the world in 90 min- utes. Fasten your seat belts! TRT: 91 min.

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 12:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu Thu. Oct 18, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature Content *Cast and crew scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

Co-presented by: Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana deface Director: John Arlotto | 20 min.

deface

Director: John Arlotto | 20 min. | Video | 2007 After losing his family to starvation, a North Korean man risks his life to rebel against the government by vandalizing their propaganda billboards.

the golden voice

Director: Greg Cahill | 25 min. | Video | 2006 Ros Sereysothea was Cambodia’s most beloved female rock singer until revolution turned the country upside down.

rock singer until revolution turned the country upside down. chiyo Director: Masanori Baba | 24 min.

chiyo

Director: Masanori Baba | 24 min. | Video | 2000 In the summer of 1945, little Chiyo has been loooking forward to this year’s O-Bon, a Buddhist festival during which the dead are supposed to visit the living. Chiyo longs to see her father, who died in the war the year before.

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the last chip

Director: Heng Tang | 22 min. | Video | 2006 Madam Fang, a former cabaret singer, Mrs. Nguyen, a struggling yum-cha waitress and Sister Ah Lan, a religious factory worker, form a sisterhood.They seek financial freedom at a casino to lift them from their banal lives.

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ALL IN THIS TEA
ALL IN THIS TEA

Tea importer David Lee Hoffman travels throughout China in search of handcrafted premium teas. Directors Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht follow this adventurer as he discovers exquisite teas and attempts to overcome bureaucratic obstacles to buying tea directly from farmers. Hoffman is most interested in teas that have been handpicked and carefully dried and heated to create the fragrance, color, and taste unique to each tea-maker. As he admires a cup of tea, he describes the care that went into picking each tea bud, then mourns the tea-makers who may not be around much longer. China’s emphasis on factory-produced tea treated with chemical fertilizers is endangering the small farmer who has produced organic tea for generations.

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China & USA I 70 min. | Video | Color | 2006 DIRECTOR: Gina Leibrecht PRODUCERS: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht CAST: David Lee Hoffman, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, James Norwood Pratt, Song Diefeng, Winnie W. Yu

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Complimentary tea reception by Infusions of Tea following program.

Co-presented by:

Infusions of Tea, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The documentary also reveals every step of the tea-making process, from the picking of the buds to their slow heating over a wok.Tea experts discuss the history and tradition of tea drinking and its health benefits. After seeing this film, you’ll never drink a cup of tea the same way again.

—Chuleenan Svetvilas (SFIFF)

AMERICAN PASTIME
AMERICAN PASTIME

Set during World War II, the Nomuras are a Japanese American family from Los Angeles forced to relocate to a remote internment camp in Utah soon after the Pearl Harbor attack. Lyle Nomura (Aaron Yoo,“Disturbia”) is a promising young pitcher who loses his baseball scholarship as a result of the internment. Lyle soon butts heads with Billy Burrell (Gary Cole,“Office Space”), a career minor league catcher who also happens to be one of the military guards in charge of policing the camp.Tensions mount when Lyle begins to date Burrell’s daughter (Sarah Drew). Lyle and Burrell eventually have their confrontation when one day, Lyle’s father proposes a game between the local town baseball team, captained by Burrell, and a team consisting of the Japanese American internees.

Beautifully shot and acted, AMERICAN PASTIME gives an accurate depiction of life in the Topaz Internment Camp. Director Desmond Nakano (“White Man’s Burden”) deftly blends sports elements with historical accuracy.AMERICAN PASTIME is a triumphant achievement, providing proper focus to a dark chapter in American history by telling the inspirational tale of how sports can sometimes be more than just a game.

USA | English & Japanese w/ English Subtitles | 102 min. | Video | 2006 DIRECTOR: Desmond Nakano WRITERS: Desmond Nakano, Tony Kayden PRODUCERS: Kerry Yo Nakagawa, Barry Rosenbush,Tom Gorai CAST:Aaron Yoo, Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Sarah Drew, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Kriston Rucker

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 2:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Cast & crew scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, Japanese American Citizens League of San Diego

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AND THEREAFTER II
AND THEREAFTER II

FEATURES

USA | Korean w/ English Subtitles | 56 min. | Video | Color | 2006 DIRECTOR: Hosup Lee WRITER: Hosup Lee PRODUCERS: Hosup Lee, Hyun-ock Im

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 5:15pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:35pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content

Award-winning filmmaker Hosup Lee made his mark during SDAFF ’05, winning the Best Documentary Award with “And Thereafter.” This year, he returns with the second in his trilogy of documentaries on Korean military brides,AND THEREAFTER II.The film follows Ajuma, one of thousands of Korean women who married American servicemen and immigrated to the United States with hopes for a better life.Widowed, she leads an isolated existence in southern New Jersey.A former prostitute,Ajuma is alienated from both Korean and American society, and spends most of her free time on gambling trips to Atlantic City.At first,Ajuma is unwilling to recollect her past and the conflicts between the director and subject begin to undermine the project, but eventually she begins to open up to the filmmaker, almost to the other extreme.The fascinating but foul-mouthed Ajuma unflinchingly recounts her past and speaks with scathing honesty on men and aging. AND THEREAFTER II is riveting and thoughtful filmmaking, with a surprising twist at the end and even a glimmer of hope you don’t see coming.

ANG PAMANA: THE INHERITANCE
ANG PAMANA: THE INHERITANCE

Director Romeo Candido’s supernatural thriller ANG PAMANA:THE INHERITANCE is a spectacle of atmospheric chills that takes its inspiration from age-old Filipino folklore. In his second feature, Candido has crafted a marvelously fun picture that is sure to please fans of the horror genre.

Siblings Johnny and Anna travel back to the Philippines for their grandmother’s funeral.Their inheritance? Her opulent country estate.With their sexy socialite cousin Vanessa leading the way, the three take a trip to their new property and meet Tommy, the estate’s mentally challenged resident, and one who may have psychic abilities.When Vanessa invites some local boys to the estate for some excitement, their day of adventure turns into a waking nightmare when one of the boys suffers a mysterious death. Soon the cousins discover that their grandmother’s tales of spirits and monsters hiding in the forest are more than just urban legend; in order to save his family, Johnny must recall not only Grandmother’s stories, but their lessons as well.

—Christopher Au (SFIAAFF)

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Canada & Phillippines | Tagalog w/ English Subtitles | 87 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Romeo Candido WRITERS: Romeo Candido, Carmen De Jesus PRODUCER: Caroline Mangosing CAST: Darrel Gamotin, Nadine Villasin, Phoemela Baranda, Nicoo Lorenzo Garcia

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 9:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:45pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature Content

Co-presented by:

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, Philippine American Business Improvement and Development, Mabuhay Alliance, SDSU Andres Bonifacio Samahan, CSUSM Kamalayan Alliance

ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul,
ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul,
ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul,

ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW:

UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE

Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul, South Korea. She came to the United States in 2000, and has earned a degree in painting from Wesleyan University and a Masters degree in animation from the California Institute of the Arts. She enjoys working in all areas of animation, but her work mainly focuses on traditional hand drawn techniques. She cites the early Disney films as an influence on her work, and has spent time training with animators Eric Goldberg and Bert Klein. Hyun-min currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles area and continues to work on various animation projects.

By Sam Chen

What inspired the story of UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE?

The person who has been the biggest inspiration in my life is my mother, and since she passed away a few years ago I was left with countless memories of the times I spent with her. I thought animation was the best medium to pay tribute to those memories, for me and for my family, so as soon as I properly learned how to animate I had to make a film about all the things that I missed about her.

Your style is so reminiscent of classic Disney animation.What is your favorite Disney animated film, and which one(s) have you learned the most from?

One of my favorites is “Robin Hood” because I used to watch it as a kid. I also really like “Cinderella”, “The Three Caballeros,” and “Aladdin” and a lot of the old Disney shorts that would run Sunday mornings.We’d record them and I’d watch them over and over. I’ve learned a lot from those bits of classic animation that make you completely forget the fact that they were hand-drawn by someone. I’d like to be able to create such memorable characters for people someday.

What would be your ultimate dream job in animation?

My dream would be to ultimately be a lead animator that a director could depend on to do a character right.The classic Disney animators would be given a character and the director knew they could just do it—they had total confidence in their work and ability. I would be very happy if I could reach a point where people would have that sort of confidence in me, and I hope the work I produce can be a big part of making the film an enjoyable experience for the audience.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I like to watch a lot of films, but I also enjoy watching people around me like my family and

friends and seeing their daily emotions and reactions. No person, life, or day is exactly the

same as the other and the fact that animation can capture everything from the most subtle responses to the most outrageous pieces of imagination is what inspires me to continue working.

Word has it that you are the first Asian woman to work in Disney’s hand-drawn department as a 2D apprentice animator. Tell us more about this position and what it means to you.

I am starting as an animation apprentice in October, which is an animator-in-training. I am very excited and honored to be chosen for this position. I have been told that

I might be the first female Asian hand drawn traditional animator in the department at Disney, but there have been Asian female animators in the

in the department at Disney, but there have been Asian female animators in the The Infinite

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ANIMATION: THE ILLUSION OF LIFE

How do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the Magical Art of Animation. TRT: 89 min.

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 3:00pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake Wed. Oct 17, 2007 7:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Mature content / *Cast and crew scheduled to attend

SHORTS

Co-presented by San Diego Asian Professionals, Platt College

Co-presented by San Diego Asian Professionals, Platt College BADASS MOFOS Director: James Jaculina | 2 min.

BADASS MOFOS

Director: James Jaculina | 2 min. | Video | 2007 Bruce Lee is resurrected in this “balls to the wall” tribute set in a retro-psychedelic ‘70s-esque world. medium:Traditional

COLE NEEDS WOMEN

Director: David Chai | 8 min. | Video | 2006 What happens if your wildest dreams of acquring every woman on Earth were to come true? medium:Traditional & Digital

THE BASTARD

Director: Dave Quion | 3 min. | Video | 2005 Mild mannered Johnny was sitting in his boring cubicle when his computer short-circuited, gave him magical super powers and transformed him into the Bastard. medium:Traditional

THE SPACE BURGER

Director: Sookyoung Choi | 3 min. | Video | 2007

A surreal and horrific world

of attacking eyeballs and extraterrestrial fast-food workers. medium:

Computer Animation

fast-food workers. medium: Computer Animation CYCLONE ARMOR GUARDIAN Director: Gary Liew | 4 min. | Video

CYCLONE ARMOR GUARDIAN

Director: Gary Liew | 4 min. | Video | 2007 Video game hero fights a cyber centurion in an action-packed duel for their lives. medium: Computer Animation; Maya

FISSION

Director: Kun-i Chang | 5 min. | Video | 2006 A man who sees himself as a graffiti on the wall in this eye- popping visual feast. medium: Motion Graphics, Live Action, Computer Animation; Maya & After Effects

Live Action, Computer Animation; Maya & After Effects ANNELIDA Director: Joe Takayama | 3 min. |
ANNELIDA Director: Joe Takayama | 3 min. | Video | 2006 Algorithmic animation based on
ANNELIDA
Director: Joe Takayama | 3 min. |
Video | 2006
Algorithmic animation based
on
the “peristaltic” movement
of
earthworms in this dazzling
display of shapes and forms.
medium: Computer Animation

LOST UTOPIA

Director: Mirai Mizue | 5 min. | Video | 2007 In a jazzy musical microcosm, a cell divides and becomes a part of a larger growing world. medium:Traditional & Motion Graphics; Director

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BOTTLED Director: Jian Lee | 4 min. | Video | 2007 A lonely man and

BOTTLED

Director: Jian Lee | 4 min. | Video | 2007

A lonely man and woman living

in glass bottles find each other

with a little help from a helping hand. medium: StopMotion; After

Effects

THE GLOAMING

Director: Andrew Huang | 3 min. | Video | 2007

A tale of macabre absurdity, this

stopmotion meets live-action piece plunges an unwitting office worker into a cycle of ghoulish nightmares during his nightshift.

medium: StopMotion, Live Action, Computer Animation; Maya & After Effects

Live Action, Computer Animation; Maya & After Effects EGG GHOST Director: Dongkeun Lee | 4 min.

EGG GHOST

Director: Dongkeun Lee | 4 min. | Video | 2007

Based on an old Korean folktale, a faceless female ghost stalks and steals the face of an unlucky soul. medium: Claymation

BLACK PIG WHITE PIG

Director: Zhang Gong | 5 min. | Video | 2005

A macabre metaphoric tale of

the power struggles that have defined and defiled world history. medium:Traditional

have defined and defiled world history. medium:Traditional NAKED BRANCHES Director:Will Kim | 5 min. | Video

NAKED BRANCHES

Director:Will Kim | 5 min. | Video | 2007

A watercolor journey into the

life, love, and death of a male and female peacock.

medium:Traditional;After

Effects

FATHER AND SON

Director: Ma Fengqing | 12 min. | Video | 2004

A claymation tour de force

about the perils of setting the wrong examples, and a curious

son who’s ready to live them. medium: Claymation

A DRUNKEN OLD MAN’S ADVENTURE

Director: Qin Xiaosong | 6 min. |

Video | 2004 A drunken old man dreams about a fantastical journey with the Fairy Peach and cherry blossoms. medium: Computer Animation

Peach and cherry blossoms. medium: Computer Animation REUNION Director: PARK Jung-kyu | 8 min. | Video

REUNION

Director: PARK Jung-kyu | 8 min. | Video | 2006

A hapless woman overcomes

her hardships and begins a new and better life with the help of a Guardian Angel. medium:Traditional; Rotoscope

the help of a Guardian Angel. medium:Traditional; Rotoscope CITY PARADISE Director: Gaelle Denis | 6 min.
the help of a Guardian Angel. medium:Traditional; Rotoscope CITY PARADISE Director: Gaelle Denis | 6 min.

CITY PARADISE

Director: Gaelle Denis | 6 min. | 35mm | 2004 When Tomoko arrives in London, she has no idea that soon she will discover a mysterious secret hidden beneath the city. medium: Live Action, Computer Animation

beneath the city. medium: Live Action, Computer Animation UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE Director: Hyun-min Lee

UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE

Director: Hyun-min Lee | 3 min. | 35mm | 2007 An exquisitely hand-animated story about a mother and daughter creating memories under a chestnut tree. medium:Traditional

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BABY
BABY

Dubbed by some critics as the Asian American “Boyz n the Hood,” Juwan Chung’s second feature film BABY

is undeniably a slice of urban ganglife type of film.The title character, Baby, is a motherless 11-year-old boy

who is taken under the wing of the gangsters next door in East Los Angeles during the 1990s. One dark evening ends with Baby shooting a rival gang member, landing him seven years in juvenile hall.The adult Baby, played by newcomer David Huynh, re-enters society but has no real opportunities to change his life.The only father figure he really has is the gang ringleader Benny (Fedor Chin).The hardened and disillusioned Baby attempts to pick up the pieces of the adolescence he never had in the underbelly of Monterey Park and Alhambra. Can Baby walk the straight and narrow path, or will he join his gang family once again? Huynh’s portrayal of Baby is one of the most memorable performances in the film festival, one that conveys both ferocity and yet loneliness and vulnerability. It is rare to see a film about Asian American gang culture, even rarer to see it executed with stylized direction and a supreme cast.

BLACKOUT
BLACKOUT

Ato Bautista’s savvy second feature film reinvigorates the Filipino thriller. Gil (Robin Padilla) suffers frequent blackouts due to his heavy drinking. His inability to control his alcoholism drives his wife away, leaving Gil to take care of his son, Nino (John Michael Reyes). In despair, Gil promises to quit drinking and reunify the family. But one night, Gil experiences another blackout.This time, he is left with a mysterious bloody rear bumper on his tattered Mercedes. In the calamitous aftermath his life spirals into hysteria as he struggles to uncover the real story hidden by his fragmented viewpoint, one where the lines between real and unreal are blurred.

FEATURES

USA | 100 min. | Video | Color | 2006 DIRECTOR: Juwan Chung WRITER: Felix Chan & Juwan Chung PRODUCER: Jason Serrato CAST:Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, David Hyunh, Feodor Chin, Kenny Choi, Linn Ko, Kenzo Lee, Peter Cho, Christina Stacey

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 9:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:50pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature Content *Director and crew scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

UCR - Asian Pacific Student Programs Office, UCSD Multi-Asian Student Association

Philippines | Tagalog w/ English Subtitles | 85 min. | 35mm | Color | 2006 DIRECTOR: Renato Bautista WRITER: Shugo Praico PRODUCER:Tony Gloria CAST: Robin Padilla, Iza Calzado, John Michael Reyes, Ella Guevarra

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 8:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 9:30pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Co-presented by:

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, House of the Philippines, Filipino Press, Mabuhay Alliance, USD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization

Bautista plays with rapid imagery through deftly edited sequences to parallel Gil’s scattered mind. Delivering

a powerful, nuanced performance, Padilla captures one man’s desperate attempt to regain a normal, sober life

for his beloved family. Bautista’s keen ability to switch between reality and illusion establishes BLACKOUT as a

standout film in the thriller genre.

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BOLINAO 52
BOLINAO 52

In 1988, 110 people boarded a boat to flee persecution in their homeland of Vietnam. Unfortunately, the boat immediately ran into a storm and the engine failed a day into the journey, stranding the boat at sea. Nineteen days later, a U.S. Navy warship, the U.S.S. Dubuque discovered the boat. However, instead of rescuing the refugees, the U.S. warship continued on. Starving and lacking drinking water, the boat people eventually resorted to cannibalism in order to survive.After drifting at sea for 37 days, the boat was saved by Filipino fisherman from the village of Bolinao. Out of the 110 passengers, only 52 people survived and BOLINAO 52

is the gripping account of this ill-fated journey.

BOLINAO 52 documents the account of one survivor of this tragic incident,Tung Trinh, as she journeys back to Philippines to confront her demons and gain a sense of closure.Along the way, she also meets face-to- face with a man who was a sailor on the U.S.S. Dubuque and we learn more about how a U.S. Navy ship could have possibly left starving refugees to die at sea.Vietnamese American director Duc Nguyen, himself

a surviving boat person, skillfully presents the tale of a woman coming to grips with an unspeakably horrific time in her life, while simultaneously preserving the story of an avoidable tragedy.

FEATURES

Vietnam & USA | English,Tagalog & Vietnamese w/ English Subtitles I 60 min. | Video | 2007 DIRECTOR: Duc Nguyen WRITER: Duc Nguyen PRODUCER: Duc Nguyen CAST:Tung Trinh,William E. Cloonan, Lam Phan, Carlos Caagusan

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:45pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Co-presented by:

Vietnamese American Youth Alliance, SDSU Vietnamese Student Association, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, Philippine American Youth Organization, CSUSM Vietnamese American Student Association

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BRIDGING THE GAP

The gap between generations can sometimes become as wide as a canyon.This beautiful collection of short films explores what happens when family members try to break down the barriers that separate them.TRT: 85 min. *Mature content

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 6:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner Thu. Oct 18, 2007 5:45pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Cast and crew scheduled to attend

SHORTS

Co-presented by:

Cal State San Marcos Cross-Cultural Center, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

POTLUCK BAI RI MENG LEAD ROLE: FATHER Director: Louis R. Sweeney | 13 min. |
POTLUCK
BAI RI MENG
LEAD ROLE: FATHER
Director: Louis R. Sweeney |
13 min. | Video | 2007
After eloping in Las Vegas, Sean
and his Filipino girlfriend try to
hide their marriage from her
parents.
Director: Jennifer Tippins | 6 min.
| Video | 2007
Director: PJ Raval |15 min. |
Video | 2006
A mother and her daughter
dream of spending the day
together when the reality of life
When director Joseph Chu
puts out a casting call for a film
based on his own family, he
as a single, working parent keep
them apart.
medium:Traditional Animation
never expects his own father to
audition for the lead role.

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NAGPAPANGGAP THE LAST VACATION Director: Debbie Formoso | 20 min. | Video | 2006 Set
NAGPAPANGGAP THE LAST VACATION Director: Debbie Formoso | 20 min. | Video | 2006 Set

NAGPAPANGGAP

THE LAST VACATION

Director: Debbie Formoso | 20 min. | Video | 2006 Set against the turbulent backdrop of a country on the edge of rebellion, this film is the story of one woman’s struggle to preserve her own sense of self as her husband’s political power escalates.

Director: Jae-ho Chang | 10 min. | Video | 2006 On this final journey, a mother and son contemplate their last remaining moments together.

and son contemplate their last remaining moments together. MONSOON Director: Shyam Balse | 21 min. |
and son contemplate their last remaining moments together. MONSOON Director: Shyam Balse | 21 min. |

MONSOON

Director: Shyam Balse | 21 min. | Video | 2006 Govinda, a California doctor, is forced to return to his motherland in India when his estranged father falls ill.When Govinda tries to administer treatment, his father has other plans that send both of them on a journey into their pasts.

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CATS OF MIRIKITANI
CATS OF MIRIKITANI

New York film editor Linda Hattendorf first noticed Jimmy Mirikitani freezing cold in the streets of Manhattan’s Soho, sleeping in front of a grocery store. Later, she returned to buy one of his drawings in exchange for taking a photograph of him.Thus began a friendship between the Ohio-born New Yorker and the 80-year-old, homeless Japanese American man. Hattendorf documents their strange relationship and eventually his life in a very personal, shoe-string budget documentary. Both subject and director’s lives take a turn following 9/11, when Hattendorf invites the homeless artist to sleep in her home since the Manhattan air becomes unbreathable.

Stories of Mirikitani’s life begin to unravel as he essentially becomes Hattendorf’s roommate. Mirikitani was held in the Tule Lake Japanese internment camp for three and a half years of his young life during WWII where he was coerced to renounce his citizenship even though he was born in Sacramento, CA. Most of his family had perished when the bomb fell on Hiroshima.These events leave Mirikitani with some bitterness and little faith in his country.

2006 Audience Award Tribeca Film Festival

FEATURES

USA | 74 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Linda Hattendorf PRODUCERS: Masa Yoshikawa, Linda Hattendorf

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 3:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 6:15pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Director scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, Buddhist Temple of San Diego, Japanese American Citizens League of San Diego, City College World Cultures Program

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CRAZYSEXYFUNNY!

SHORTS

Co-presented by:

Asian Accountants of San Diego

Warning: You must be willing to laugh out loud to watch this group of comical shorts. TRT: 78 min.

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake Tue. Oct 16, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content / *Cast and crew scheduled to attend

PANDAMANIA THE TRAINEE POTLUCK Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. | Video | 2006 E!
PANDAMANIA
THE TRAINEE
POTLUCK
Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. |
Video | 2006
E! True Zoo Story:The Rise and
Fall of Tai Shan the Panda
Director: Craig Rosenthal | 9
min. | Video | 2006
A newbie robber holding up his
first convenience store is met
with strange surprise.
Director: Louis R. Sweeney |13
min. | Video | 2007
After eloping in Las Vegas, Sean
and his Filipino girlfriend try to
hide their marriage from her
parents.
girlfriend try to hide their marriage from her parents. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Director: Howard Duy Vu |

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Director: Howard Duy Vu | 6 min. | Video | 2006 Political correctness flies out the window as a group of diverse co- workers have it out in the break room.

group of diverse co- workers have it out in the break room. EPISODE VII Director: Dylan

EPISODE VII

Director: Dylan O’neil | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Darth Vader’s light saber falls out of the sky, plunking a young man on the head, and wreaking havoc in the modern world.

COLE NEEDS WOMEN

Director: David Chai | 8 min. | Video | 2006 What happens if your wildest dreams of acquring every woman on Earth were to come true? medium:Traditional & Digital

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AN UNBEARABLE DAY

Director: Miqi Huang | 2 min. | Video | 2006 The mundane life of a human being is explored through the eyes of a bear.

of a human being is explored through the eyes of a bear. SIGNERZ CHANCES ARE Director:
of a human being is explored through the eyes of a bear. SIGNERZ CHANCES ARE Director:

SIGNERZ

CHANCES ARE Director: Joshua Kameyer | 13 min. | Video | 2007 Randy is a
CHANCES ARE
Director: Joshua Kameyer | 13
min. | Video | 2007
Randy is a whiz at math, but
when probability fails him, he has
to risk the odds if he wants a
shot at true love.

Director: Roman Cortez | 14 min. | Video | 2007 The life and times of those crazy sign spinners on the street.

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DIM SUM AND THEN SOME

Ai Ya! We’ve got all your Chinese flavor, a few portions of humor, intrigue, and family drama.TRT: 90 minutes

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 2:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake Mon. Oct 15, 2007 6:30pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

SHORTS

Co-presented by:

Chinese School of San Diego, San Diego Chinese Women’s Association

CHINESE DUMPLINGS SILENCE Director: Michelle Hung | 8 min. | 35mm | 2006 Two young
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
SILENCE
Director: Michelle Hung | 8
min. | 35mm | 2006
Two young sisters will do
anything to skip violin practice.
Director:Allen Ho | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
An Asian American student
attempts to shatter the silence
formed by language barriers with
his parents.
Director: Kathy Huang | 25 min. |
Video | 2006
Competing in one of America’s
oldest ethnic beauty pageants, a
high school student from Seattle
wrestles with issues of identity.
student from Seattle wrestles with issues of identity. MISS CHINATOWN, U.S.A. YEAR OF THE DOG Director:

MISS CHINATOWN, U.S.A. YEAR OF THE DOG

Director: Kevin Lau | 18 min. | Video | 2007 On New Year’s Eve, a mysterious stranger holds a restaurant owner and his family hostage, exacting a long-sought vengeance.

PANDAMANIA GUA ZI MY FATHER’S CHINESE WIFE Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. | Video
PANDAMANIA
GUA ZI
MY FATHER’S
CHINESE WIFE
Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. |
Video | 2006
E! True Zoo Story:The Rise and
Fall of Tai Shan the Panda.
Director: MiQi Huang | 10 min.
| Video | 2006
The pain of a teenage girl’s
secret abortion is seen through
the eyes of an inadvertant
observer – her eight-year-old
sister.
Director: Franklin Peterson |
18 min. | Video | 2007
A decade after her German
mother passes away, Sandra’s
Chinese father decides to get a
mail order bride.
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A DIRTY CARNIVAL
A DIRTY CARNIVAL

Byung-doo (Jo In-seong) is a cocky, low-level gangster.While he’s respected among his peers, a series of bad breaks has prevented him from rising in the criminal ranks.That changes when a wealthy industrialist approaches Byung-doo’s mob family about killing a public prosecutor. Byung-doo seizes the opportunity and does the deed, laying the bloody groundwork for his advancement.

Between criminal assignments, Byung-doo reconnects with two people from his past: Min-ho (Nam-gung Min), an old friend and aspiring filmmaker; and Hyeon–ju, an old flame.When things sour with the girl, Byung-doo pours out his heart, as well as the details of his hoodlum life, to Min-ho. Byung-doo gets the shock of his criminal life when he sees his dark secrets revealed during the premiere of Min-ho’s movie. His bosses aren’t amused either, as Byung-doo quickly learns his brutal advancement has come with a price.

Combining primal, impressive fight sequences and a ruthlessly enjoyable plotline,A DIRTY CARNIVAL is part gangster classic and part relationship drama.Above all, it proves that criminals may rise and fall, but they usually end up more than a little dirty.

THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE: TALE OF AN OSAKA LOVE THIEF
THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE: TALE
OF AN OSAKA LOVE THIEF

FEATURES

S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles| 141 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Yu Ha WRITER: Yu Ha CAST: Jo In-seong, Cheon Ho-jin, Nam- gung Min, Lee Bo-young,Yun Je-moon, Jin Gu, Park Hyo-joon, Heo Yi-jae

Thu. Oct 11, 2007

7:30pm

UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Wed. Oct 17, 2007

9:15pm

UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content

Screening Sponsors:

6 - Time Warner *Mature content Screening Sponsors: Co-presented by: Korean American Association Japan |
6 - Time Warner *Mature content Screening Sponsors: Co-presented by: Korean American Association Japan |

Co-presented by:

Korean American Association

Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 76 min. | Video | 2006 DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Jake Clennell

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 7:45pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 6:45pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature Content

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, Cal State San Marcos Japanese Club

At Osaka’s Cafe Rakkyo, a nightclub where young male hosts provide alcohol and companionship to their wealthy female clientele, charismatic Issei is by far the top earner.The handsome well-dressed hosts, in an unusual twist on the Japanese Geisha tradition, use their charm, humor and knowledge of the female psyche to induce women to spend exorbitant sums of money on expensive alcohol.

Director Jake Clennell takes us on an entertaining but thoroughly unjudgmental journey into this fascinating underworld, from the apparently smitten young women who love being put on a pedestal by the dashing hosts to the hosts themselves, who rationalize that they are providing needed services. However, things are not like they first seem at Cafe Rakkyo, and the film provides shocking twists and turns along the way, culiminating with a mind-blowing revelation that may cause you to question everything you have seen. More than a documentary about Japanese host clubs,THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE provides insights into the love/hate relationship between the genders that has existed since dawn of time.

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HEAVEN IS TOO FAR AWAY

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A collection of short films that deal with what happens during the afterlife when you don’t end up in heaven or hell.TRT: 86 min.

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 9:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

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Oct 17, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake *Mature Content EGG GHOST Director: Dongkeun Lee | 4

EGG GHOST

Director: Dongkeun Lee | 4 min. | Video | 2007 Based on an old Korean folktale, a faceless female ghost stalks and steals the face of an unlucky soul.

MU

Director: Paul Yacono | 23 min. | Video | 2007

A surreal mystery fable based on

an ancient Japanese story about a traditional Japanese tattoo artist, who discovers that he is both dead and alive at the same time.

discovers that he is both dead and alive at the same time. TRUTH OR RAINBOWS Director:

TRUTH OR RAINBOWS

Director: Chihwen Lo | 3 min. | Video | 2006

A group of people tries to fly away to look for their satisfying world where hopes and spectacular rainbows exist.

THIS SOLACE ETERNAL

Director: Jennie Na | 22 min. | Video | 2007 Sometimes the most meaningful moments in life are hidden within times we’d rather forget

moments in life are hidden within times we’d rather forget BETA Director: Nathan Adolfson | 16

BETA

Director: Nathan Adolfson | 16 min. | Video | 2007 Walter is a man lost in a sea of confusion, headaches and strange visions of fish.

ESCALATOR TO HEAVEN (“CHUN-KOK-EUI ESCA- LATOR”)

Director: Jang Cheol-soo | 17 min. | 35mm | 2006

A couple tries to share a nice

dinner together in the afterlife. Unfortunately, their earthly bickering continues.

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As part of our first-ever Youth Day, we’re offering a free sampling of short films for local students. Join us as we whip up some animation, stir in a couple of documentaries, add a dash of experimental film and top this program with a pinch of music videos. TRT: 64 min.

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 12:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

64 min. Tue. Oct 16, 2007 12:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s CHINESE DUMPLINGS Director: Michelle Hung

CHINESE DUMPLINGS

Director: Michelle Hung | 8 min. | 35mm | 2006 Two young sisters will do anything to skip violin practice.

PAST THE FOOD

Director: Mina T. Son | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Vu has struggled with compulsive binge eating and gastric bypass surgery. Now that he has shed the excess weight, he still yearns to gain acceptance from his ethnic community.

still yearns to gain acceptance from his ethnic community. DJ:LA Director: Jerry Chan | 5 min.

DJ:LA

Director: Jerry Chan | 5 min. | Video | 2007 An experimental short film that remixes the frenzied sights and sounds of the Los Angeles landscape to uncover the rhythm and melody of the city.

LIL SKRAPPY BOY

Director:Alex C. Munoz | 14 min. | Video | 2007 A short documentary about a Cambodian youth who makes a life-changing decision to quit a Cambodian gang and is initiated into the possibility of hope for a better future.

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Director: Kun-i Chang | 5 min. |
Video | 2006
A man who sees himself as a
graffiti on the wall in this eye-
popping visual feast.
Director:Tadashi Nakamura |
22 min. | Video | 2006
The inspiring story of
how an abandoned WWII
concentration camp for
Japanese Americans has been
transformed into a symbol of
retrospection and solidarity
for people of all ages, races and
nationalities in our post 9/11
world.
BYSTANDING: THE
BEGINNING OF AN
AMERICAN LIFETIME
Director: Karen Lin | 5 min. |
Video | 2000
Combining the style of in-camera
performance and the spoken
word poetry of acclaimed artist
Kelly Tsai, this film captures the
powerful words of her anti-war
poem against a backdrop of
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Iwaki is a remote mining town in northern Japan that would be right at home in America’s rust belt, and with its coal mine closing, its future looks grim. In a desperate attempt to save the local economy the town elders decide to cash in on the Polynesian craze that’s sweeping the world (the movie is set in 1965), so they announce they’re building a Hawaiian theme park--complete with a hula dancing troupe.The only problem: no one in Iwaki knows how to dance the hula.Also, no one in Iwaki has ever been to Hawaii.Actually, no one in Iwaki has ever really left the city limits. Once they import an alcoholic hula teacher from Tokyo who’s on the run from bad debts, things get worse as the respectable local women refuse to participate in “indecent” hula dancing and the only people who sign up for the classes are a handful of misfits.

FEATURES

Japan | Japanese w/ English Subtitles |

108 min. | 35mm | 2006

DIRECTOR: Lee Sang-il WRITERS: Lee Sang-il, Daisuke Habara PRODUCER: Hitomi Ishihara CAST:Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yu Aoi, Shizuyo Yamazaki

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 4:30pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:00pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, Japanese American Citizens League of San Diego

Korean-Japanese director Lee Sang-Il (“Scrap Heaven”) rewrites the conventions of the “team of underdog” genre (see:“The Full Monty”). It’s not hard to see why this flick, based on a true story, rocked the Japanese box office and swept the Japanese Academy Awards. HULA GIRLS reminds its audience that there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you come out of a movie feeling good and wanting to put on a lei and a tapa and swing your hips to a hula mele.

I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK
I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK

Young-goon (Lim Su-jeong,“Tale of Two Sisters” SDAFF ‘04) is girl who thinks that she is a cyborg who must avenge her grandmother. She his admitted to psychiatric ward, where she meets Il-soon (Korean pop star Rain), a handsome young man who thinks that he can steal people’s souls.Young-goon refuses to eat food because she believes that as a cyborg, she needs only electrical charges from a transistor radio to survive. Young-goon and Il-soon become drawn into a romantic relationship.As Young-goon’s physical condition continues to deteriorate, Il-soon enlists the help his fellow patients to save her life.

Not since “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has a film so engrossingly taken viewers deep into the minds of the mentally ill, without an ounce of condescendence. Director Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”) affirms his place among the world’s greatest filmmakers by straying far from his typically violent films to create a world that is at the same time breathtaking in its visual brilliance and humorously quirky. Rain, Time Magazine’s most influential person of 2007, is spectacular in his feature film debut and his co-star Lim Su-jeong demonstrates why she is one of the top young actresses in Asia.

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S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles |

105 min. | 35mm | 2006

DIRECTOR: Park Chan-wook WRITERS: Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-gyeong CAST: Lim Su-jeong, Rain (Bi)

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 6:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

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ISABELLA
ISABELLA

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China | Cantonese w/ English Subtitles | 91 min. | 35mm | 2005 DIRECTOR: Ho-Cheung Pang WRITER: Ho-Cheung Pang PRODUCER: John Chong CAST: Chapman To Isabella Leong

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 9:15pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:30pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content

On the eve of Macau’s handover to China, police officer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended for suspected corruption, he tries to find solace with an elfin creature by the name of Yan, whom he just picks up.As he tries to smooth-talk her into bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed! While Shing desperately tries to hold himself together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof.Together the two of them start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan’s missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he finds his hands full.When Yan is not fighting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai.

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KNOW JUSTICE, KNOW PEACE

No matter what our differences, we all seek the same thing - the right to life. TRT: 95 minutes *Mature content

Thu. Oct 11, 2007 4:45pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake Sat. Oct 13, 2007 12:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

American Civil Liberties Union, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, City of San Diego Public Library

Law Student Association, City of San Diego Public Library ILLEGAL Director:Andrew Oh | 22 min. |

ILLEGAL

Director:Andrew Oh | 22 min. | Video | 2006 Daniel and Jessica are a happily married couple on the verge of realizing the American dream. But when they hire Carlos, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, irreversible events are set in motion that jeopardize all that they have worked so hard to achieve.

OFFICER TSUKAMOTO

Director: Ling Liu | 26 min. | Video | 2006 “Officer Tsukamoto” examines the 1970 unsolved murder of one of the first Asian American police officers in the country--a crime that captured the racial and political complexity of a turbulent American era.

IRAQ - TIMZ

Director: Ron Najor | 3 min. | Video | 2006 A true rallying cry during these difficult political times.

A true rallying cry during these difficult political times. UNDERPASS Director: Rain Breaw | 16 min.

UNDERPASS

Director: Rain Breaw | 16 min. | Video | 2007 A family of Cambodian Khmer Rouge survivors finds hope when they reach out to a young illegal immigrant.

hope when they reach out to a young illegal immigrant. LOST AND FOUND Director:Tam Tran |

LOST AND FOUND

Director:Tam Tran | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Follow Stephanie, an undocumented student at UCLA, as she attempts to regain what she’s lost.

PILGRIMAGE

Director:Tadashi Nakamura | 22 min. | Video | 2006 The inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post 9/11 world.

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From the sandy shores of San Diego, a collection of short films made in or about America’s Finest City. TRT: 82 minutes

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend

SHORTS

Co-presented by:

San Diego Filmmakers

to attend SHORTS Co-presented by: San Diego Filmmakers ALGORITHMS Director: Cheryl Kanekar | 21 min. |

ALGORITHMS

Director: Cheryl Kanekar | 21 min. | Video | 2007 Three perspectives on the war on terror: a suicidal Afghani, an American patriot, and a young woman who notices something strange at a carnival.

UNDERPASS

Director: Rain Breaw | 16 min. | Video | 2007

A family of Cambodian Khmer

Rouge survivors finds hope when they reach out to a young illegal immigrant.

hope when they reach out to a young illegal immigrant. THE NIGHT BOYS Directors: Karl Gindelberger,

THE NIGHT BOYS

Directors: Karl Gindelberger, Joseph Dicara | 15 min. | Video

| 2007 One night, one moment, three friends make a choice that can change their lives forever or destroy them.

choice that can change their lives forever or destroy them. JADED LOVE EINSTEIN’S DREAM Director: Martin

JADED LOVE

can change their lives forever or destroy them. JADED LOVE EINSTEIN’S DREAM Director: Martin R. Johnson

EINSTEIN’S DREAM

Director: Martin R. Johnson | 23 min. | Video | 2007 A young Vietnamese American
Director: Martin R. Johnson | 23
min. | Video | 2007
A young Vietnamese American
A
girl struggles to balance her two
cultures while a life changing
decision will inevitably leave her
torn.

Director: Brian D. Kim | 7 min. | Video | 2007

young Einstein dreams of a

visually surreal world in which time flows in reverse.

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LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD

SHORTS

This entertaining short film program examines the difficulties single people today face when seeking love. We are young! TRT: 79 minutes.

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 6:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:45pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend

MODERN DAY ARRANGED MARRIAGE AKIRA’S HIP HOP SHOP FORTUNE HUNTERS IRONY - SERIOUSLY Director: Rehana
MODERN DAY
ARRANGED MARRIAGE
AKIRA’S HIP HOP SHOP
FORTUNE HUNTERS
IRONY - SERIOUSLY
Director: Rehana Mirza | 5 min.
| Video | 2006
Two young Indian Americans
meet to begin a beautiful
relationship, but all is not what
Director: Joe Doughrity | 15 min.
| Video | 2007
An Asian man infatuated with hip
hop meets a black woman with
a passion for cooking. Can they
put aside racial differences to
Director: Karen Lin | 3 min. |
Video | 2007
Won’t you be the best of me
or will you be just another
memory?
it seems.
give love a chance?
Director:Thom Harp | 21 min. |
Video | 2007
When Arthur, a writer at
a fortune cookie factory,
accidentally sends a love letter to
his ex-girlfriend into the printing
press, every cookie at every
restaurant reveals a piece of his
broken heart.
TRAFFIC IN THE SKY
IT’S OVER
Director: Charles Yi | 22 min. |
Video | 2007
Director: Jung-a, Lee | 13 min. |
35mm | 2006
A young man tells his best
friend about an amazing girl
he met. In the course of his
story, we learn about both his
current and past relationships.
Each individual discovers their
own meaning of how past
A love triangle between three
Korean high school students
leads to a surprise ending--at
least for one of them.
boyfriends/girlfriends affect
future relationships.
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MVP: MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM

MIDIVAL PUNDITZ KXL +/- SERIOUSLY COBRA CON & HINOMARU TATUM JONES
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ
KXL
+/-
SERIOUSLY
COBRA CON & HINOMARU
TATUM JONES

Remember the days when MTV played music videos nonstop? We’re bringing that back--Asian style. *FREE program in the theater lobby. TRT: 102 min.

136 - MIDIVAL PUNDITZ

Director:Ajay Naidu | 6 min.|Video | 2007 MIDIval PunditZ has created a unique and expansive artistic vision that marries the soulful elegance

of South Asia’s extraordinarily rich traditional and classical music heritage with the exuberance and

limitless potential of modern Western electronic music.

MASH IT UP - KXL Director:Steve Mallorca | 4 min.|Video | 2007

A new breed of soundclash, KXL brings you to the meeting place of dance hall ragga, electro beat

and rock. Pulsing beats, punchy guitars, lo-fi sitars, dhol, tablas, and dub vibrations mash it up and swirl in and out at you.

CHAMPION - NATIVE GUNS Director:Patricio Ginelsa | 5 min.|Video | 2007 Los Angele’s Native Guns give us a tour of the poor conditions of their neighborhood while empowering the youth through media.

FADEOUT - +/- Director: Chris Deaner | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Take the time you will see,everybody knows what’s been going on.

FLY LIKE A FOX - EE Director: Sharon Dang | 2 min. |Video | 2007 Layered illustrative graphics combined with resurfaced super 8 film makes for interesting eye candy

IRONY - SERIOUSLY Director:Karen Lin | 3 min.|Video | 2007 Won’t you be the best of me or will you be just another memory?

MUMTAZ - BOMBAY DUB ORCHESTRA Director:Huw Jenkins | 4 min.|Video | 2006 Welcome to a world of cinematic lushness where the music will stroke your senses and enamour the soul, with its uniquely brilliant crossover of orchestral arrangements, modern, lush beats and synthesizers.

REACHING HIGH - COBRA CON & HINOMARU Director:James Oda | | 3 min.|Video | 2006 Cobra Con and Hinomaru struttin’ their stuff.

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE - TATUM JONES Director: Rocky Jo | 3 min. | Video | 2007 A brokenhearted B-Boy dances his sorrows away

IN THE GOOD -VISIONARIES Directors:Keykool,Ong,Sambajon | 4 min.|Video | 2007 Here are the roots of L.A.’s quintessential multicultural hip hop group, the Visionaries.

BIG PICTURE - FREQUENCY 5 Director: Brian Wee | 3 min. |Video | 2006 An organized, compulsive office clerk learns to see the big picture.

compulsive office clerk learns to see the big picture. THE AVON LADY - CARNIVORES BY NATURE

THE AVON LADY - CARNIVORES BY NATURE Director:The Lonely Island | 3 min.|Video | 2007 Two goofballs kidnap an Avon Lady who also happens to be a cloned dinosaur. Starring Kal Penn

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VISIONARIES FREQUENCY 5 MY AMERICAN HEART TIMZ MIMI’SAMI LOLA FAIR & BABY J
VISIONARIES
FREQUENCY 5
MY AMERICAN HEART
TIMZ
MIMI’SAMI
LOLA FAIR & BABY J

THE PROCESS - MY AMERICAN HEART Director:Shane Drake | 3 min.|Video | 2005 After a breakup,don’t get depressed,get angry!

POST 9/11 BLUES? - MC RIZ Director: Between the Eyes UK | 3 min. |Video | 2007 MTV banned this video for being too“political” and“controversial.”

HANDS UP - ESTAIRY FEATURING EQUIPTO Director:Evan Leong | 5 min.|Video | 2007 Bay Area hip hop at its finest.

DRAGONTIGER PANACEA - NEW PANTS Director:Liu Runlai | 4 min.|Video | 2007 New wave,Beijing style!

MARTYR NYEBERA - KAMIKAZE Director:Avid Liongoren | 5 min.|Video | 2007 Do not scorn your lover or you will pay the price!

SMILE - FAR*EAST MOVEMENT FEAT.KEN OAK Director:ToddAngkasuwan | 5 min.|Video | 2007 Man’s most shining moment cannot be measured without knowing his darkest hour.

IRAQ -TIMZ Director:Ron Najor | 3 min.|Video | 2006 A true rallying cry during these difficult political times.

FIXINGTHE RADIO - CIUDAD Director:Quark Henares | 4 min.|Video | 2007 Happy nonsensical bubblegum.

HANA NO SUKA DANCE - ORESKA BAND Director:Sony Music Japan I 2 min.|Video | 2007 Don’t worry be happy!

THURSDAY -ASOBI SEKSU Directors: SoYung Kim, Bradley Rust Gray | 4 min. |Video | 2007 Psychedlic trance pop straight out of Brooklyn.

DUET - MIMI’S AMI Director:Kaori Kasai | 2 min.|Video | 2004 Cutting edge indie pop fromVancouver,British Columbia.

2004 Cutting edge indie pop fromVancouver,British Columbia. BYSTANDING:THE BEGINNING OF AN AMERICAN LIFETIME

BYSTANDING:THE BEGINNING OF AN AMERICAN LIFETIME Director:Karen Lin | 5 min.|Video | 2007 Combining the style of in-camera performance and the spoken word poetry of acclaimed artist Kelly Tsai,“Bystanding” captures the powerful words of her anti-war poem against a backdrop of charged NYC images.

INSPIRATION - LOLA FAIR & BABY J Director: Reign Shaw, Geoff Reisner, Wesley C. | 4 min. |Video | 2007 Tribute to fallen soldiers in Iraq.

FLOOR KIDS - KID KOALA Director: Jonathan Ng | 1 min. |Video | 2007 What happens when a B-boy dance-off goes awry?

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NA KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA

USA | 57 min. | Video | 2006 DIRECTOR: Lisette Kaualena Flanary WRITER: Lisette Kaualena Flanary PRODUCER: Lisette Kaualena Flanary CAST: Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, Halau Na Kamalei

Preceded by THE KING BOYS Director: Christopher Clark 15 min. | 35mm | 2006

A boy turns to wrestling to give his life

new purpose.

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 4pm

UltraStar6 - Time Warner

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 4:15pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Co-presented by: Hui o Hawaii of San Diego, Ahahui Kiwila Hawaii o San Diego,Tula Productions, Jonathan Tarr Foundation

Mention hula, and most people think of beautiful, long-haired women in grass skirts and plumerias, swaying their hips to the beat of drums and

ukuleles.While hula has evolved into

a form of entertainment, its roots

are much more sacred. Masters of hula often treat it as a religion, a way of life. NA KAMALEI:THE MEN OF HULA unveils part of the rich history of legendary master hula teacher, Robert Cazimero, and Hawaii’s oldest all-male hula group as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest hula festival. Cazimero’s sincere passion and fiery personality push his team of “hula brothers” to the point of exhaustion, yet their loyalty to the Halau is unwavering. Candid

interviews with several of the male dancers, some who have been with the group since it began in 1975, reveal the men faced deeply rooted cultural and gender stereotypes.

Shame and questions of masculinity, however, are not allowed in the Halau Na Kamalei, whose powerful chants and rigorous performances are nothing but manly. Extensive footage of the Halau Na Kamalei’s journey to the Merrie Monarch Festival captures many touching moments of laughter, brotherhood, and Hawaiian pride. It also provides fascinating insight into the historical significance of one of Hawaii’s most well-known, yet misunderstood traditions.

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Q & A w/ Director Lisette Kaualena Flanary By Lee Ann Kim A significant part

Q & A w/ Director Lisette Kaualena Flanary

By Lee Ann Kim

A significant part of the film’s success was the access given to you by the dancers and their hula teacher, Robert Cazimero. He is one demanding teacher! Where you

taken aback by his style?

No, I wasn’t taken aback by Robert’s style. On the contrary,

I liked that he was such a strong personality and also

extremely honest and real. Hula can be demanding, and

I think that really comes across in the film as we see the

men prepare for the competition. I do think that there is a different style of teaching involved when it comes to teaching men, and really, it made me thankful that I am a girl! Kidding, but really, while Robert is a demanding teacher, the students know that he loves them and cares for them deeply and that he only wanted them to do better.All of them wanted very much to make him happy and proud.

And they certainly did.

As a female filmmaker, did it take long for you to gain the trust of these men? I’m sure it helped that you’re a professional hula dancer, yourself, no?

Being a hula dancer myself definitely influences my work. At first, I wondered if it made a difference that I was a woman making a film about men who danced hula, but I cannot express enough how wonderful all of these guys in this school are.There is such a strong feeling of being ‘ohana, or family, that permeates so much of hula and the Hawaiian community in general so I felt very, very welcomed.

Anything surprising about the audience’s reaction about NA KAMALEI:THE MEN OF HULA? Do men respond differently than women?

I think that both men and women have both really

responded to seeing men express their emotions so freely and openly.A lot of women have told me that they wished their partners danced hula because it might help them be

more open with their feelings! I don’t think that men have responded differently than women to this film, but I have had a lot of guys tell me that the hula was a lot tougher than they thought it was.

I was completely engrossed in the Halau’s journey to the competition. I’m such a sucker for men showing their emotions. What was the most emotional part for you?

There were many emotional moments for me in making this film. Following the halau to the volcano when they made their offerings of their lei to the goddess Pele I think was the most exciting and emotional for me. Because it’s

a sacred ritual, Robert had initially told me that he did

not want me to film that, and I understood why (as a hula dancer) but was extremely disappointed (as a filmmaker). After having spent such a long time following the men leading up to competition, Robert really understood what I was trying to do with the film and that my intentions were pono, or good.When he told me that he had decided to let me film, I was super excited.And truly, it’s some of the most beautiful footage I’ve ever shot.

NANKING A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the

NANKING

A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, NANKING tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II.As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking – then China’s capital – to months of aerial bombardment.When the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen bore witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter.

The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos of the events, and testimonies of former Japanese soldiers.At the heart of NANKING is a filmed stage reading of the Westerners’ letters and diaries, featuring Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Jurgen Prochnow.Through its interweave of archival images, testimonies of survivors, and readings of first hand accounts, the film puts the viewer on the streets of Nanking and brings the forgotten past to startling life.

NEW YEAR BABY
NEW YEAR BABY
brings the forgotten past to startling life. NEW YEAR BABY Winner of numerous audience and jury

Winner of numerous audience and jury awards, NEW YEAR BABY is a mesmerizing account of director Socheata Poeuv’s journey to uncover her family’s long-hidden past in Cambodia. During the Christmas holiday, a shocking secret is revealed during a familiy meeting: her older siblings are not her full siblings--her sisters were taken in after her aunt’s death in the Killing Fields. Filled with questions, Socheata heads to Cambodia with her parents. She must balance her journalistic background against a respect for her parents, as the family struggles to open old, but still-raw wounds.This intimate documentary explores the painful separation and death of family members under the Khmer Rouge.

Resistant to divulging too much, Socheata’s parents eventually share their story as they revisit places of their past: from the labor camp where her parents met, to the unmarked grave of her aunt, and the trail her father took four times to lead his family to safety in Thailand. Refusing to allow a nation’s tragedy to be erased, NEW YEAR BABY gives a voice to one family’s pain and heroism, providing a challenge to the old Khmer Rouge principle,“If you preserve secrecy, half the battle is won.”

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USA I 91 min. | Video | Color | 2006 DIRECTOR: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman SCREENPLAY: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman, & Elisabeth Bentley PRODUCERS:Ted Leonsis, Bill Guttentag, Michael Jacobs CAST:Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Jürgen Prochnow, Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 1:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Co-presented by:

Association for Preserving Historical Accuracy of Foreign Invasions in China, Chinese Service Center of San Diego, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society, US- China Peoples Friendship Association

Cambodia & USA | English & Khmer w/ English Subtitles I 74 min. | Video | 2006 DIRECTOR: Socheata Poeuv WRITER: Charles Vogl PRODUCER: Charles Vogl & Jason Bolling

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Co-presented by:

City of San Diego Public Library

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NO REGRETS
NO REGRETS

Upon turning 18, handsome Su-min (Lee Young Hoon) leaves his countryside orphanage and moves to Seoul with big dreams. But his hopes of becoming an artist quickly give way to a scramble for survival.After losing his job at a factory, he ends up in the world of prostitution, turning tricks at an all-male brothel.Already close to hitting rock bottom, Su Min’s life gets more chaotic with the appearance of Jae Min (Lee Han), a man whose advances he’s already spurned once. Jae Min (Lee Han), a closeted wealthy executive, begins a relentless pursuit of Su Min that’s met with an equally adamant refusal.The icy wall eventually melts, as the two fall into a passionate relationship. But when the realities of family and society surface, will love be enough?

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S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles | 104 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Leesong Hee-il WRITER: Leesong Hee-il CAST: Lee Young-hun, Lee Han, Jo Hyun- cheol, Kim Dong-wook, Jeong Seung-gil, Lee Seung-won, Hwang Chun-ha, Kim Jeong-hwa

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 5:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

*Mature content

Preceded By THE KING BOYS Director: Christopher Clark 15 min. | 35mm | 2006 Clinging to the memory of his father who never returned from war, a boy turns to wrestling to give his life new purpose.

Co-presented by:

Guys Like Us, www.kidsland.tv

NO REGRETS is the debut feature from Leesong Hee Il, Korea’s first openly gay filmmaker. Leesong has long been a familiar name in the festival circuit, having directed the acclaimed short films “Sugar Hill,” “Good Romance,” and “La Traviata.” Bold and haunting, NO REGRETS represents a breakthrough for both Korean queer cinema and independent filmmaking. Opening in only a handful of Korean theaters, the film managed to attract critical reviews, along with 40,000 moviegoers, setting a new box office record for an indie film.

OWL AND THE SPARROW
OWL AND THE SPARROW

Vietnam & USA | Vietnamese w/ English subtitles | 97 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Stephane Gauger PRODUCERS: Nguyen Van Quan, Doan Nhat Nam, Stephane Gauger CAST: Han Thi Pham Cat Ly The Lu Le

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 1:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Co-presented by:

Giao Ly Viet Ngu at Good Shepherd Parish,Vietnamese American Youth Alliance

Tired of her uncle’s constant verbal abuse, a young orphan girl named Thuy (Han Thi Pham) decides to run away from her rural home to discover the streets of Saigon. On her own, the spunky and precocious 10-year-old girl joins other children laboring as street vendors selling postcards and flowers. One day Thuy meets a complex woman she takes a liking to named Lan (Cat Ly), a flight attendant involved in an affair with a married man. Soon after,Thuy also meets Hai (The Lu Le), a zoo employee who is mending a broken heart after being jilted by his fiancée. Anyone can see where this is going from a mile away, as Thuy strives to forge a romance between the two lonely adults and form a makeshift family. But this is no ordinary matchmaking love story. This delicate debut feature from director Stephane Gauger is wrought with charm and sweetness.

Gauger excellently captures contemporary Saigon with a cutting edge look using handheld camera techniques and quick editing.The result is a feeling of full immersion into Vietnamese streetlife, where modern day Saigon is as fascinating as the main trio of characters.

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QUEER DELIGHT: SWEET BUNS AND STICKY RICE

From girl drama and a mad boy crush to a transgender awakening, this menu of films boasts something for the entire Queer family. TRT: 89 min.

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend

*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend SUMMER Director: Hong Khaou | 9 min.

SUMMER

Director: Hong Khaou | 9 min. | 35mm | 2006 Sixteen-year-old Leung longs for a secret wish he’ll have to fight for.

IT’S OVER

Director: Jung-a, Lee | 13 min. | 35mm | 2006

A love triangle between three

Korean high school students leads to a surprise ending--at least for one of them.

MOOKEY’S STORY Directors: Carolyn Goossen, Daffodil Altan | 14 min. | Video DISSOLUTION OF BODIES
MOOKEY’S STORY
Directors: Carolyn Goossen,
Daffodil Altan | 14 min. | Video
DISSOLUTION OF
BODIES
| 2006
Director: Kevin Choi | 13 min. |
Video | 2007
A revealing look at the life of a
A one-night stand burns with
24-year-old, transgender college
intellectual and physical passion.
student going through hormone
treatment.
physical passion. student going through hormone treatment. RELATIVE DISTANCE Director: Cathy Begien | 15 min. |

RELATIVE DISTANCE

Director: Cathy Begien | 15 min. | Video| 2005 If you asked everyone in your family to speak openly about you for two minutes, what would they say? Cathy found out.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET

Director: Jay Esguerra | 5 min. | Video | 2007

A

queer Asian youth comes

to

terms with his sexual and

religious identity with the help

of

a delicious dessert.

LEAD ROLE: FATHER

Director: PJ Raval | 15 min. | Video | 2006

When director Joseph Chu

MODERN DAY ARRANGED MARRIAGE

Co-presented by:

Asian American Journalists Association SD Chapter Asian Pacific Islander Community AIDS Project FilmOut San Diego First UU Church Rainbow Outreach Greater San Diego Business Association Guys Like Us Long Yang Club of SD

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Director: Rehana Mirza | 5 min. | Video | 2006 Two young Indian Americans meet
Director: Rehana Mirza | 5 min.
| Video | 2006
Two young Indian Americans
meet to begin a beautiful
relationship, but all is not what
it seems.

puts out a casting call for a film

based on his own family, he never expects his own father

to

audition for the lead role.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association SD Chapter P.F.L.A.G. SD Chapter Project STAR (Supporting Transgender Access to Resources) SD LGBT Community Center - Women’s Resource Center The LGBT Resource Center of SDSU UCSD LGBT Resource Center

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QUEER DELIGHT: SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

with Director PJ RAVAL of LEAD ROLE: FATHER

By Michael Chen

PJ, your film seemed very intimate and personal. How much of it was based on the relationship with your father?

I’d say it’s based more on the emotions surrounding our relationship rather than actual events. Initially I knew I wanted to make a film based on my relationship with my father though I didn’t know what it was going to be about—so I decided to make a film about that in certain ways. Halfway through writing my script I got a phone call form my father asking me to visit. That visit heavily influenced the making of the film

Has your father and the rest of your family seen the film? How did they react?

Yes, my family has seen it.They reacted well, though I honestly didn’t know what to expect. In the past I’d always been more private with them when it came to my work, so I think they were more moved by the fact that I was trying to share something personal with them.

How’s your relationship with your father today?

Great. We definitely see more eye to eye these days. I think part of it is we’ve grown together and are more willing to break from our past parent-child relationship and enter a father-son relationship on more of an equal footing. It’s more about present and future and not about the hang-ups in the past. Plus, he can’t ground me anymore.

The end of the film was a stunner. Did it at all resemble your own coming out?

No! I don’t think I could ever find a way to actually push my father; it’s the whole familial piety thing you know? It makes me uneasy just to think about it! But these are the reasons why I chose that exact ending. I wanted something really extreme and revealing just to play with those notions.

You’ve got major roots in San Diego. Do tell! And why the heck would you end up in Texas???

I originally moved to San Diego to attend UCSD for my undergraduate studies. Crazy as it sounds I was a double major in visual arts and biology. At the time my work was much more focused on photography and media installation.After graduating I hung around San Diego working odd jobs here and there (read: climbing an 80-foot tower to videotape horse racing or dressing up as an alien for an “X-files” promo spot, etc.) while continuing to explore photography. Eventually I decided to apply to graduate school and thought film would be an interesting medium to explore since I had made a couple black and white experimental narratives and really liked the process. Several friends suggested I apply to University of Texas Austin.There was something about a strong liberal independent arts community thriving in the center of the lone star state that really intrigued and inspired me. Still does.

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RAINBOW SONG
RAINBOW SONG

Tomoya (Hayato Ichihara) learns that Aoi Sato (Juri Ueno), a close friend from his college days, has died in a airplane accident just moments after he sends her a picture of an unusual rainbow from his cell phone. In the aftermath of this tragedy,Tomoya recounts his friendship with Aoi from their first meeting as members of a collegiate film club, up until the time they finally parted ways.

FEATURES

Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 117 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Naoto Kumazawa PRODUCER: Shunji Iwai,Toshihiro Kitta WRITER:Ami Sakurai, Miyuki Saito, San Amino CAST: Hayato Ichihara, Juri Ueno,Yu Aoi, Kuranosuke Sasaki

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Thu. Oct 18, 2007

UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

7:45pm

Co-presented by:

Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, SDSU Japanese Student Association

RAINBOW SONG, which was produced by the acclaimed Shunji Iwai (“All About Lily Chou Chou”), showcases some of Japan’s hottest young actors - Hayato Ichihara (“All About Lily Chou Chou”), Juri Ueno (“Swing Girls”), and Yu Aoi (“HULA GIRLS,” Hana and Alice), who stands out as Aoi Sato’s sight-impaired sister Kana.The subtle direction and writing provide the gifted actors with the opportunity to deliver sincere and touching performances that both young and old will find heartwarming. Not your typical love story, RAINBOW SONG will touch anyone who has ever held regrets over lost opportunities.

THE REBEL
THE REBEL

Outlandishly fun,THE REBEL hits you in the gut with masterfully choreographed martial arts sequences that are raw and powerful.Throw in a little bit of adventure, romance, and some black magic and you have an exciting and entertaining story.Vietnam is under colonial French rule during the 1920s.Anti-French rebellions emerge all over the country to disrupt the foreign occupiers. In response, the colonialists have inflitrated the countrysde with Vietnamese sleeper agents to track and destroy these rebels.

Vietnam & USA | Vietnamese w/ English subtitles | 103 min. | 35mm | 2007 DIRECTOR:Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen WRITERS:Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen, Johnny Nguyen PRODUCER: Jimmy Pham CAST: Dustin Nguyen, Johnny Nguyen, Ngo Thanh Van, Nguyen Chanh Tin

*Cast & crew scheduled to attend

Sat. Oct 13, 2007 3:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 6:00pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

*Mature content

Co-presented by:

Vietnamese Student Association - SDSU, Vietnamese American Youth Alliance

The film follows the journey of Levan Cuong, a French cultured undercover elite.Although branded with

a perfect track record, Cuong’s inner conscience is troubled by the sea of Vietnamese blood he had spilled

to uphold a washed out French ideal. Following an assassination of a high ranking Frenchman, Cuong is assigned to seek and kill the notorious leader of the resistance. Cuong encounters Vo Thanh Thuy, a relentless revolutionary fighter and the daughter of the rebel leader. Cuong’s superior intends for him to use Thuy as

a means to get to her father, but Cuong soon develops feelings for her.Thuy’s patriotism ignites conflicts

between Cuong’s consciousness and his cultured faith.Will Cuong discover his inner self and find love or will he continue his mission?

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REEL VOICES

Come experience the Reel Voices of eight, talented San Diego high school students with the world premiere of their short documentaries produced through the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be proud to say you saw these films here first. TRT: 56 min. *This is a FREE program, free tickets are available from the box office for Sunday’s show.

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 11:30am UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s Tues. Oct 16, 2007 11:00am UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

SHORTS

*Sunday reception sponsored by L&L Barbeque

SHORTS *Sunday reception sponsored by L&L Barbeque JUST A GAME Director: Leon Cu | 5 min.

JUST A GAME

Director: Leon Cu | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Georgio lives and breathes video games, but he isn’t very good at them. Is he simply ignoring reality, or offering us all a lesson in perseverance?

LOOK TO BOTH SIDES

Director: Jessica Jones | 5 min. | Video | 2007 Many children of mixed race couples struggle with which side to identify with.This filmmaker explores the issue by interviewing her own multiracial family and finds out that if you know who you are, you may not have to choose.

A PRESSURED FUTURE MY WALL: WATASHI NO KABE Director: Juliane Sobejana | 6 min. |
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MY WALL: WATASHI NO
KABE
Director: Juliane Sobejana | 6
min. | Video | 2007
Most parents have great
expectations for their children,
but what happens when their
hopes clash with their children’s
own aspirations?
Director: Ali Tanaka | 6 min. |
Video | 2007
Speaking more than one language
might be great when you’re
traveling, but what happens when
it creates a communication
barrier in your everyday life?
ASIAN AMERICANS AND CLASSICAL MUSIC HER JOURNEY: MY MOTHER’S STORY Director: Matt Wong | 7
ASIAN AMERICANS AND
CLASSICAL MUSIC
HER JOURNEY: MY
MOTHER’S STORY
Director: Matt Wong | 7 min. |
Video | 2007
A piano player himself, this
filmmaker explores why Asian
parents tend to pressure their
children to learn classical
instruments such as the piano
and violin.
Director: Alice Wang | 6 min. |
Video | 2000
A daughter traces her mother’s
unexpected journey from rural
China into the American dream.
journey from rural China into the American dream. NANAY A MODERN WITCH HUNT: THE DALE AKIKI

NANAY

A MODERN WITCH HUNT: THE DALE AKIKI STORY Director: Adam Lee | 10 min. |
A MODERN WITCH HUNT:
THE DALE AKIKI STORY
Director: Adam Lee | 10 min. |
Video | 2007
A church volunteer made
national headlines when he was
accused of child molestation and
ritual satanic abuse. In today’s
court system, could he have been
accused solely because of his
appearance?

Director: Roland Lazarte | 10 min. | Video | 2007 A young man witnesses the power of love and family when old age finally catches up with his 91-year-old grandmother.

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SHORTS GET OUT THERE. MAKE MOVIES. By Mike Watson I hate to write. “You wanna

SHORTS

GET OUT THERE. MAKE MOVIES.

By Mike Watson I hate to write. “You wanna learn to write?” he’d bark.“Then write!”
By Mike Watson
I hate to write.
“You wanna learn to write?” he’d bark.“Then write!”
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My 12th grade English teacher, John Adsit, made me write essay after essay. Sixteen weeks in the fall, and another sixteen in the spring, I wrote an essay a week.

loathed the evenings wasted, toiling on another essay—but looking back, I value not only the writer I became, but also the life lesson it taught me.Want to learn to do something? Do it.A lot.

Four months ago, I began work as an instructor for the Reel Voices Project.The eight students whose work you’ll see in this program came together in a cramped office building. It was a little awkward, as first meetings are known to be. But as the weeks wore on, insecurities were shed, opinions were formed, and the foundation of eight young filmmakers was slowly laid. Our preferences didn’t always mesh on the documentaries we watched, as they learned the basics—storytelling, pacing, cinema- tography. But discussions grew from disagreements, and piece by piece, these young filmmakers set out to tell their own stories.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions once we handed out cameras and waited for tapes to return. We know firsthand the feeling of watching something you shot turn out exactly as you envisioned it, just as well as we know the devastation of return- ing with dark video, blue video, and sometimes no video at all! And we shared those emotions with the students in a way only a teacher can. In a way, it’s more intense— because the emotions aren’t your own.

became a teacher the day these students entered that room. I’ve not spoken in

front of a high school class since I finished 12th grade.Without knowing it, these students taught me as much as I taught them. It’s an honor to have someone ask you

question about your own area of expertise.And it’s humbling—in a good way—to learn something from a student who is just learning about your passion.

Like any film you see this week, here you will also see the passion of the filmmakers in the reflection of the screen. But for this screening, I hope you’ll feel the excite- ment, the fear, the tears, and the elation that brought these beginning storytellers to this point.

And I hope that if they ask you for your opinion, you’ll give it.Their next movie may be right around the corner.As it turns out, expertise is gained by experience.

I a This class wants to learn to make movies. You want to make movies?
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This class wants to learn to make movies.
You want to make movies? Get out there. Make movies.
wants to learn to make movies. You want to make movies? Get out there. Make movies.
wants to learn to make movies. You want to make movies? Get out there. Make movies.
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SAMOAN WEDDING
SAMOAN WEDDING

FEATURES

New Zealand | 97 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Chris Graham WRITERS: James Griffin, Oscar Kightley CAST: Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Iaheto Ah Hi

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 7:00pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content

Co-presented by:

Samoan Community Council of San Diego, USD Aikane O Hawai’i

Sione is getting married, but there’s just one problem. Actually, there are four problems: his brother and his three best friends. They’re all nearly 30-something men who still act like they’re 16. The four live to get drunk and chase all the wrong women. Additionally, they have a remarkable record of causing chaos at every wedding they attend, so when Sione bans them from attending his wedding, they realize something’s got to give. The town priest offers them an ultimatum: find a respectable girlfriend to take to their best mate’s wedding, or be left out. Sounds easy enough. How hard can it be finding a girl in the world’s biggest Polynesian city when you’re young, gifted and brown?

Praised by Variety as a “shrewdly written, impeccably timed, and audaciously played romantic comedy,” SAMOAN WEDDING is a rare opportunity to see an all-Polynesian cast on the big screen.

THE FUTURE OF SOUND IS MADE OF CHOCOLATE. Nothing sounds sweeter than ©2007 LG Electronics
THE FUTURE OF SOUND
IS MADE OF CHOCOLATE.
Nothing sounds sweeter than
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SENTENCED HOME

USA | English & Khmer w/ English subtitles | 76 min. | Video | Color | 2005 DIRECTORS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham WRITERS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham PRODUCERS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 12:15pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Director scheduled to attend Sunday screening

Three Cambodian Americans raised in inner city Seattle pay an unbearable price for the mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances. SENTENCED HOME puts a human face on controversial post 9/11 immigration policy that forces these men to be deported out of the United States to a country they barely know.Along with family man Loeun Lun, who fights to stay together with his wife and children from behind bars and across oceans, former gang member Kim Ho Ma, struggles to come to terms with his identity in a country he doesn’t understand.

Also introduced is an introspective Many Uch, who looks to redeem himself by taking advantage of what time he has left in the United States to give today’s Cambodian American youth something he never had—the ability to play little-league baseball. Following the deportees from the United States to Cambodia, directors David Grabias and Nicole Newnham reveal heartbreaking stories of families torn apart at the cost of an inhumane immigration policy.

Q & A with David Grabias, co-director of the eye- opening documentary, SENTENCED HOME

By Lee Ann Kim

What made you select this particular topic?

We first heard that Cambodian Americans were going to be deported back to Cambodia in the summer of 2002.At that time, the Cambodian American community had just become aware of the United States’ newly signed repatriation agreement with Cambodia, which meant that almost 1,500 Cambodian Americans would be forcibly returned.The deportees’ situation raised questions about immigration law, human rights and the cultural identity of immigrants and refugees.

Were you familiar with the Patriot Act laws

prior to this documentary?

When we heard about the story, we realized how uninformed we—and most Americans— were about the 1996 immigration law, and the devastating impact it was having on individuals and families. We had no idea what the law really meant when it was passed. It seems very unfair to us that there is no appeal process, and we hope that our film encourages people to reconsider the laws and lobby for change.

Was getting access to the subjects’ lives difficult?

Our subjects were remarkably open with us. We became close to them and their families, especially in the case of Loeun Lun.The way his deportation affected his family became the focus of his story. One of the biggest challenges was trying to get them to express real emotion—one of the only scenes where you can see how angry they are is when Loeun kicks a flowerpot after saying goodbye to his mother. The other big challenge of

the film was getting access and permission to film with our subjects while they were in the custody of the U.S. and Cambodian government immigration departments.

What is the general reaction to the film? Has any of the reaction surprised you?

We have been surprised that there has been very little negative reaction to the film. It is a controversial subject, but the power of our film’s human story and its portrayal of the emotional lives of three families has outweighed any political critiques for the most part.

You can meet director David Grabias at the screening of his film, SENTENCED HOME, on Sunday, Oct 14 at 12:15pm. Or check out his website at: www.artifactstudios.tv

Co-presented by:

ACLU of SD and Imperial Counties

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SHANGHAI KISS
SHANGHAI KISS

Liam Liu is a struggling actor who passes time by picking up beautiful, vapid girls in hip Hollywood bars.The closest thing to an emotional connection in Liam’s life is a flirtatious friendship with 16-year old Adelaide (Hayden Panettiere, NBC’s Heroes), a precocious high school girl who is actually more mature than Liam. When Liam learns he has inherited his grandmother’s home in Shanghai, China, he travels to the exotic city and discovers a profound connection to his family legacy. Liam meets a sophisticated Chinese woman there named Micki (Kelly Hu,“The Scorpion King,” “X2”) and finds himself falling into instant infatuation with her. Liam decides to move to China, leaving behind Adelaide, who is quite possibly the only girl who has ever loved him. He suddenly finds himself at a crossroads - does he choose this new exotic world full of wonders or does he go back to America and make an honest attempt to put his life in order?

Written and co-directed by David Ren, this Asian American romantic comedy features a winning performance by Ken Leung (“X-Men,” Sopranos). Hayden Panettiere and Kelly Hu both shine as Liam’s romantic interests. SHANGHAI KISS world premiered at the 2007 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival to rave reviews.

TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS
TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS

Go-ni (Cho Seung Woo,“Marathon” SDAFF ‘05) is a compulsive gambler who loses his sister’s alimony money and life savings when he gets swindled in a crooked card game. Devasted, Go-ni wanders around the country searching for the “tazza” (Korean slang for high-rolling gambler) who destroyed his life. During his journey, Go-ni runs into sage old veteran Pyoung (Baek Yoon-shik,“Save the Green Planet”), who eventually agrees to become his mentor, and Madam Jeong (Kim Hye-soo) a sultry gambling pro who has a knack for separating men from their money.

Director Choi Dong-hoon has succeeded in crafting a flashy, fast-paced thriller that evokes western films, but with a distinctively Korean flavor.The charismatic young lead Cho Seung-woo shines, as does the incomparable Baek Yoon-shik. However, Kim Hye-soo really steals the show as the classic femme fatale who is sexy and seductive, while at the same time convincingly menacing.The top-grossing Korean drama of 2006, TAZZA is truly a must-see cinematic experience.

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China & USA | 102 min. | Video | 2006 DIRECTOR: Kern Konwiser & David Ren WRITER: David Ren PRODUCER: Kip Konwiser CAST: Ken Leung, Hayden Panettiere, Kelly Hu, Joel David Moore, James Hong, Byron Mann

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 6:45pm UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 18, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

*Mature content *Director scheduled to attend

Co-presented by:

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association,Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative

S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles | 139 min. | 35mm | 2006 DIRECTOR: Choi Dong-hoon WRITER: Huh Young-man PRODUCER: Sidus FNH CAST: Cho Seung-woo, Kim Hye-soo, Baek Yoon-shik,Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Yoon- seok, Lee Su-gyeong, Kim Jeong-ran, Kim Gyeong-ik

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 8:30pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

*Mature content

Screening Sponsors:

7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s *Mature content Screening Sponsors: Co-presented by: Korean American Senior Association
7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s *Mature content Screening Sponsors: Co-presented by: Korean American Senior Association
7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s *Mature content Screening Sponsors: Co-presented by: Korean American Senior Association

Co-presented by:

Korean American Senior Association

FEATURES

FEATURES Q & A with actress Jane Kim, starring in two features at SDAFF this year

Q & A with actress Jane Kim, starring in two features at SDAFF this year – TIE A YELLOW RIBBON and our closing night film, WEST nd.

We’re excited to showcase you in two different features this year. It’s interesting how you speak Korean in one film and English in the other. Is there a different method to acting in another language?

Acting in English and Korean definitely has its differences in that there are certain phrases and slangs that cannot be duplicated into another language and have the same impact.Acting in Korean came easier than I thought

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON

USA| 87 min. | Video | Color | 2007 DIRECTOR: Joy Dietrich WRITER: Joy Dietrich PRODUCERS: Joy Dietrich,Thomas Yong CAST: Kim Jiang, Jane Kim, Patrick Heusinger, Ian Wen

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 2:45pm UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 4:45pm UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

*Cast & crew scheduled to attend *Mature content

Korean American adoptee, Jenny Mason, steams up lattes at a hip Manhattan espresso bar while dreaming of becoming a photographer. She is alone in the big city, cutting off contact with her Midwestern family at the age of 14. Having been through so much chaos in her young life, Jenny resigns herself to a state of indifference to survive. She keeps a safe emotional distance from everyone around her and finds temporary comfort in one-night stands.