AABANY Goes to Brooklyn for AAIFF Comedy Night, August 13

The 44th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) rolled into town on August 11, billed as “the nation’s first and longest running festival dedicated to celebrating independent Asian, Asian diaspora, and Pacific Islander cinema.” Because we are not yet entirely out of the pandemic, AAIFF is being presented as a hybrid event with some screenings held in person and others made available on demand. One of the in-person programs took place on the third night, August 13, an evening featuring AAPI comics performing stand-up, fittingly called “Comedy Night.”

In a part of Brooklyn that the current generation calls Gowanus, nearly two dozen AABANY members joined a standing room crowd at Littlefield, a performance space that once was a warehouse (probably back in the days when this part of town was still known as Park Slope). The show was produced and hosted by Claire Yoo, an Events Coordinator for AAIFF who also happens to be President of Harvard College Stand Up Comic Society. Before you can say, “What? Harvard Students know how to laugh?” Claire took to the stage and launched into a profanity-laced opening monologue that filled the room with appreciative laughter, getting the entire audience properly riled up for the hilarity to come. (And don’t worry, Claire, we won’t tell your dad — who was in the audience — about your foul mouth.)

The line-up featured an assortment of top comedy talent, including award-winning writers from popular shows such as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj,” and NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.” The diversity of the comedians reflected East Asian, South Asian, and HAPA voices as well as LGBTQ+ perspectives that we rarely hear from in mainstream media. As one of our attendees, Lauren Kim of Fordham Law School, deftly summarized, “It was excellent, tons of fun, and every single comic was hilarious.” Indeed, they were! None of our performers bombed on stage. If anything, the level and quality of the comedy seemed to go higher and higher from one comic to the next. (Apologies to Moss Perricone, the first comic to go. We don’t mean to say you weren’t funny or that the other comics were funnier than you. Oh, wait … maybe we are saying the second part.)

By the way, we should mention that our host, Claire, was an AABANY intern during Fall 2020. During her internship she learned that AABANY is a community partner of AAIFF and asked how she could get involved with Asian CineVision, the non-profit that organizes AAIFF each year. We hooked her up, and just a few months later … she is the producer and host of the largest comedy show she has ever put together. Congrats, Claire! Great job! (And Asian Cinevision, you are welcome!)

Thanks to all the AABANY members and friends, including President Terry Shen and his wife, Stella, who joined us. We hope everyone will support AAIFF and its mission to promote and spotlight AAPI artists, writers, performers, producers, and filmmakers. Read about the AAIFF films we are co-sponsoring this year here.

Join AABANY for the 2020 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF43)

AABANY will be a community partner for two film screenings for the 2020 Asian American International Film Festival this fall. These two film screenings include:

Aswang (Dir. Alyx Ayn Arumpac)

This film is geoblocked to the USA.

Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016 and announced his campaign to rid the Philippines of drug addicts and dealers, as many as 20,000 Filipinos have been murdered. ASWANG confronts these executions and their devastating aftermath.

Coded Bias (Dir. Shalini Kantayya)

CODED BIAS explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately and her push for legislative protection against biased AI.


This year, the festival is entirely online; you can watch from home with an internet connection. Each film or event will have a link to purchase your tickets. After you purchase, you will receive an email with a link to view the film. You may purchase anytime within the dates of our festival (October 1 to October 11, 2020). For more information and FAQs, please visit the “How to Festival” section of their website.

Please click the links above to purchase tickets and learn more about the films. AABANY members will receive a 20% discount code to all festival screenings once they register for the event on the AABANY website.

Click here to register for “Aswang” on the AABANY website.
Click here to register for “Coded Bias” on the AABANY website.

For more information on the AAIFF, please click here.

2018 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)

AABANY will be co-sponsoring six film screenings with Asian CineVision for the 2018 Asian American International Film Festival this summer. These six film screenings include:

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with its respective filmmakers. All screenings will be held at Village East Cinema. 

Please click the links to learn more about the films. AABANY members will receive a discount code once they register for the event on the AABANY website. 

For the AAIFF schedule, click here

Remarkable stories are told every year at the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the first and longest running festival for Asian American cinema in the country. At the upcoming 40th AAIFF, held from July 26th to August 5th, AABANY is cosponsoring two films. Come see Defender, the intense and personal story of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who strives to combat racism, police brutality, and injustice against minorities while showing the critical role of the public defender in the justice system, and Save My Seoul, which follows two Korean-American brothers while they unravel the dark complexity of the sex trade in Seoul, and the broken culture that causes it.

Check out the trailer for Defender above.

All AABANY members can use the discount code AABANYaaiff40 to see these films at a 25% discount. Visit http://aaiff.org/2017/ for more info. We hope to see you there!

Remarkable stories are told every year at the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the first and longest running festival for Asian American cinema in the country. At the upcoming 40th AAIFF, held from July 26th to August 5th, AABANY is cosponsoring two films. Come see Defender, the intense and personal story of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who strives to combat racism, police brutality, and injustice against minorities while showing the critical role of the public defender in the justice system, and Save My Seoul, which follows two Korean-American brothers while they unravel the dark complexity of the sex trade in Seoul, and the broken culture that causes it.

Check out the trailer for Save My Seoul above.

All AABANY members can use the discount code AABANYaaiff40 to see these films at a 25% discount. Visit http://aaiff.org/2017/ for more info. We hope to see you there!

AAIFF 2017 Volunteer Application

AAIFF 2017 Volunteer Application

AAIFF16 Call For Interns

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING THIS SUMMER?

Are you looking for that Summer in The City experience? Asian CineVision (ACV) is seeking spring and summer interns to help organize the 39th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in New York City. AAIFF16 is scheduled for July 21 – 30, 2016.

Do you want to be part of a vibrant APA media arts activist community and contribute in organizing the first and longest running APIA film festival of its kind in the U.S? Yes, you do. Here are the available positions and qualifications:

Program Coordinator & Print Traffic Coordinator
Facilitate the process of all film-related programming, including tracking submissions and prints. Serve as liaison for accredited filmmakers, industry, and guests of the film festival.

Marketing/Communications Associate
AAIFF16 public relations, both off and online promotion. Background in film marketing not necessary but who doesn’t love movies? Social media platform interoperability with excellent writing skills is a must.

Design/Web Associates
Help manage and regularly update the ACV AND Festival websites. Work closely with Festival leadership on various levels of production. BIG PLUSES: graphic/UX design background, knowledge of Adobe Suite, HTML.

Production Associate
Help to coordinate and execute digital production of Festival programs and special events. Coordinate logistics with sites, vendors, and sponsors. Assist with day-to-day office operations.

Tech Production Associate
Assist with tech support ranging from digitizing, DVD/blu-ray disc burning, on-line up and downloading, some editing. Experience with Final Cut Pro or other non-linear editing platform and/or Photoshop a BIG plus but will train on job.

Outreach Coordinator
Responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with various community organizations, universities, schools, and clubs for special/promotional events.

Hospitality Coordinator
Responsible for the accreditation of all filmmakers, industry and guests of film festival. Arrange all hotel and flight accommodations for filmmakers/guests as deemed necessary. Edit and update the filmmaker/industry packet.

Special Events Coordinator
Research, plan and organize festival receptions, and after parties.

Volunteer Coordinators
Recruit, train, manage volunteer staff throughout AAIFF16.

ACV Archival Intern
Help digitize and organize ACV’s original Asian American media arts collection. No experience necessary. Will train on job.

Qualifications:
– Students with a genuine interest in the arts, community building, humanities, and/or film
– Detail-oriented with a keen sense of organization
– Ability to work independently AND as part of a team
– Familiarity with Mac platforms, social networking applications, video streaming applications, and Microsoft Office suite
– Able to commit 15-20 hours a week
– BIG PLUSES: Knowledge of film/video formats and handling; fluency in Asian languages; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress platform, and proficiency in HTML/CSS/PHP.

Internships are unpaid but come with travel reimbursement and university credit (if applicable). To apply, email your resume and kick-ass cover letter to Haisong Li at haisong@asiancinevision.org. In your cover letter, please state your availability, earliest start date, and for which position you are applying. For more information about AAIFF, go to the ACV website here or contact info@asiancinevision.org. Wait, there’s more:

VOLUNTEER FOR AAIFF16
Round out your Summer in The City experience: become an AAIFF16 volunteer. Send an e-mail expressing your interest in volunteering for AAIFF16 to: volunteer@asiancinevision.org, and be sure to leave your name, daytime phone number, e-mail address, availability and areas of interest. The volunteer coordinators will contact you as soon as possible.