AABANY will be co-sponsoring three film screenings with Asian CineVision for the 2019 Asian American International Film Festival this summer. These three film screenings include:
Jeff Adachi, the Sam Francisco Public Defender and filmmaker who passed earlier this year has been a pioneer in the justice system and API cinema. To celebrate his legacy, two of his documentaries will be shown, along with a tribute by Corey Tong and John Woo before the screening.
Seadrift follows the story of what begins as a dispute over fishing territory into an eruption of violence and hostility against Vietnamese refugees along the gulf coast. Seadrift examines a shooting of a white crab fisherman by a Vietnamese refugee, and its aftermath, which continues to reverberate today.
AABANY’s reenactments site also has information on Vietnamese Fishermen v. Ku Klux Klan, which is the trial that ensued from these conflicts in Seadrift, TX.
Shorts: Identities is a series of eight documentary shorts which all tackle the question: “What does it mean to be Asian, to be a part of the Asian Diaspora?” These shorts confirm that there is no singular answer to this question, and cover topics as wide-ranging as Cambodian doughnut shops (Doughnuts for Dollars) to the young Harvard student who started the non-profit, PERIOD org (Period Girl).
The screening for A Tribute to Jeff Adachi will be held at the Museum of Chinese in America, while the Shorts: Identities and Seadrift screenings will be held at Regal Essex, Theater B.
Please click the links to register and learn more about the films. AABANY members will receive a discount code once they register for the event on the AABANY website.
For more information on the AAIFF, click here.
AAIFF 2017 Volunteer Application
The 2017 Asian American International Film Festival is looking for volunteers!
For this year, the festival will be held at the Asian Society, the Village East Cinema and Flushing Townhall. The festival will run from July 26 to August 5, and August 11-12.
All interested volunteers will need to fill the form provided in the link. To be accepted as a volunteer, you must attend one of the two volunteer orientations in the second week of July.
We look forward to meeting and working with you!
It’s not often your film gets handed an award by an Oscar winning actress, but that’s what happened last week to Tested. Geena Davis and the Bentonville Film Festival gave us their Highest Diversity Award.
Looking forward, we’re back in New York for a series of screenings this week:
Mon., May 23
La Guardia Community College
1:00pm, Room E-242, Queens, NY
Tues., May 24
Teach for America
6:30pm, 25 Broadway, 12th Fl, New York
Wed., May 25
SAYA @ NYU
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU
6:30pm, 255 Sullivan Street, New York
Thurs., May 26
Lincoln Center Film Society
We’re planning our Fall Tour including stops in Virginia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, as well as Europe and Asia. Whether you’ve seen Tested, or hope we bring a screening to your city, consider a tax-deductible donation to our efforts!
Please join us for this special screening of “Can” (amongourkin.org) on Tue. April 29 sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (nywift.org), followed by a Q&A with the producer/director Pearl J. Park and a networking get together at a local restaurant Cellar 58, 58 Second Avenue (at 3rd Street), New York, NY.
Shot over a three-and-a-half-year period, “Can" provides a window into the inner dynamics of one Vietnamese-American family and their conflicts as the immigrant parents deal with the mental illness of their American raised son Can. The protagonist of this film, Can, is one of the few Asian Americans speaking publicly about living with depression and bipolar disorder, defying cultural norms. Bringing attention to a national behavioral health disparity, this real-life narrative allows viewers to examine critically social and systemic factors that affect Asian American families with mental illness.
For more information, go to http://nywift.org/article.aspx?id=4929.
NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Can
Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014; 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Cellar 58, 58 Second Avenue (at 3rd Street), New York, NY
Pricing: $10 general admission
$6 for NYWIFT members
$8 for students, seniors, Women Make Movies, DCTV, IFP, Center for
Communications, Shooting People, IDA members
Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the screening at the Anthology Box office. Cash Only-No credit cards at the box office.
Box Office Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003; (212) 505-5181
Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asia Society
The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories
Thursday–Friday, May 8-9, 2014, 8PM
by Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo
Directed by A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Lenora Lee, the interdisciplinary performance works The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories excavate the lives of early 20th century Chinese women migrants through dance, martial arts, film, and music.
The Escape is inspired by stories of women who, after being trafficked into the United States, sought refuge in San Francisco’s Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based social service agency that today continues to serve Asian communities living in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Rescued Memories: New York Stories retraces the life of Bessie M. Lee (Bessie You Toy–b. 1894), who spent two years in indentured servitude after migrating to New York City to work for a wealthy Chinese family.
Both evenings’ performances will be followed by special conversations featuring the artists, community organizers, and scholars.
Image credit: Robert Sweeney.
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS
Expected to Attend: Grace Lee, Grace Lee Boggs
NYC PREMIERE What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese-American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African- American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.