The Asian American International Film Festival 2012/13 National Festival Tour -Short Film Program-
Saturday, April 27, 2:00pm
Department of Cinema Studies
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Asian CineVision is a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video. Since 1978, ACV has presented the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the first and longest running festival in the U.S. to showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema. AAIFF has been the first to provide the U.S. premieres of acclaimed film directors including Wayne Wang, Mira Nair, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and Ang Lee. After the Festival each year, select feature and short films go on with the National Festival Tour available for rent by institutions and organizations around the nation.
Learn more about the National Festival Tour at the Asian CineVision website.
This special program consists of five narrative, documentary and experimental short films from AAIFF’12, made by or about Asians or Asian Americans. It takes the viewer from rural Vietnam to cosmopolitan Shanghai, to Southern India mountains, and back to the land of the U.S., with stories of coming of age, urban bromance, fight for educational rights and immigrant experiences.
Introduction by John C. Woo, Executive Director of Asian CineVision and the Asian American International Film Festival.
Screenings followed by a Q&A with Andy DeJohn (director, MOTHER’S MILK), Holly Carter (founder and Executive Director of BYkids, which produced FIRE IN OUR HEARTS), and Takahiro Morooka (actor, MY SPIRITUAL MEDICINE).
Moderated by Zhen Zhang (NYU Cinema Studies), and Yiping Qin (Program Associate at Asian CineVision).
ABOUT THE FILMS
Mother’s Milk (Sua Me)
Dir. by Andy DeJohn
My Spiritual Medicine
Dir. by Liang Cheng
Two Seconds After Laughter
Dir. by David Rousseve
Dir. by Jessica dela Merced
Fire in Our Hearts
Dir. by Jayshree Janu KharpadeJayshree was born to an indigenous family who have been disenfranchised at the very bottom of India’s social and economic ladder. With courage and conviction, Jayshree illuminates the tenacious efforts of the tribal union for equal rights to education and dignity. FIRE IN OUR HEARTS is produced by BYkids, a non-profit organization that gives kids from diverse cultures the tools and mentoring to make documentary films on globally relevant issues.
This event is free and open to the public.