AABANY Goes to the Movies: Gold Open Screening of “Parasite”

Last week, AABANY received an invitation to participate in a gold open screening of the critically acclaimed new Korean film, “Parasite.” After a few quick exchanges of emails, we settled on the Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:30 pm showing taking place at AMC25 in Times Square. A block of tickets was announced on Friday morning, October 25. In less than 10 minutes that entire block was snapped up. Chris Kwok, who was handling the screening for AABANY, asked for more tickets and got them. Ultimately, 60 people showed up on a rainy Sunday to catch the show.

Whether or not you made the screening, here are some interesting facts about “Parasite”:

Parasite explores greed and class discrimination, portraying a newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. Director Bong Joon-ho, 49, best known for daring arthouse hits including Okja and Snowpiercer, was awarded the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or, the first time a Korean director has won the award in its 72-year history. It has been incredible to witness our community rallying together for this film across the country; besides completely selling out New York’s opening weekend screenings, the #GoldOpen movement has already helped Parasite garner the following accolades

  • Highest foreign language per-screen average of all time
  • Highest per-screen average of 2019
  • Highest per-screen average since the opening of LA LA LAND in December of 2016
  • Top 18 per-screen average of all time

We thank Gold House, the non-profit collective that organizes #GoldOpen screenings, for inviting AABANY to take part in the effort to generate excitement and buzz for films featuring Asians and Asian Americans. AABANY recently participated in a screening of “The Farewell,” starring Awkwafina, and last year, in the screening of “Crazy Rich Asians.” We hope there are more opportunities in the near future for us to support and celebrate films with, by, and about Asians and Asian Americans. Thanks to Chris Kwok for organizing the “Parasite” screening and for all the AABANY members and friends who came out to see it.

Join AABANY for the 2019 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)

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

Screening of Lucky Chow with Danielle Chang

Screening of Lucky Chow with Danielle Chang

“Can” Film Screening at Cellar 58 on Tuesday, April 29 by New York Women in Film & Television

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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, 20147:00 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

AALDEF Young Professionals Committee & Cardozo APALSA Present: LINSANITY Screening & Filmmaker Q&A

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AALDEF Young Professionals Committee & Cardozo APALSA 

LINSANITY Screening & Filmmaker Q&A

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue (@12th St., Moot Court Room)
, NYC
$10 tickets

For more information: ypc.aaldef@gmail.com
RSVP required by 3pm March 4th for all non-Cardozo students. 

Following the panel, please join us for a post-screening party!
Happy hour specials all night.
Le Midi Bar & Restaurant
11 East 13th St. (btwn 5th Ave. & University Pl.)

AALDEF YPC and Cardozo APALSA present:  “The documentary that began filming long before Linsanity became a pop culture reference. American’s favorite unlikely sports hero.” Please join us for an AALDEF 40th Anniversary presentation of the award-winning film LINSANITY followed by a special panel discussion with director Evan Jackson Leong and AALDEF Staff Attorney Thomas Mariadason.  Donations to benefit AALDEF’s Educational Equity Program.  Post-screening party with happy hour specials at Le Midi Bar & Restaurant, 11 East 13th Street (btw 5th Ave. and University Place).   Can’t make it? You can still support AALDEF by clicking here to make a donation!

“Director Evan Jackson Leong embarked on this documentary before Jeremy Lin was a household name, following the future star as he struggled to find his place in a league where Asian American players are few and far between. More than just a film for basketball addicts, Linsanity serves as an insightful study of the way we perceive race in America and shows what is possible if someone believes in himself.” – Sundance

The Young Professionals Committee is dedicated to fostering the next generation of AALDEF supporters.  Through social and networking events and other programming, the Young Professionals Committee aims to raise awareness about AALDEF’s wide range of efforts on behalf of the Asian American community.