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#AAIFF2015: Short Film about Chinese Opera, LAO WONG, to screen at Village East Cinema on July 26

LAO WONG Poster_AAIFF 15Ming Zeng’s LAO WONG (《戏痴老王》), a short film about a Chinese opera singer in New York, is screening in the MADE IN NYC SHORTS program of the 38th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF15), on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue) at 12:30pm.

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Ming Zeng is a Chinese female director recently graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was the director of the Chinese-American co-production short film series, Chinese Immigrants’ Stories in 2014, in which LAO WONG was selected into the 38th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF 15). Zeng is currently working on the post-production of her thesis film EMPTY WINDOW in New York.

LAO WONG is a 19-minute narrative short film. It tells a story of an ordinary middle age nail salon owner in New York City, who was once a famous Peking Opera singer in China. Facing numerous problems on his upcoming opera show, Wong strives to go back on stage and recall his past glorious days.

The inspirations of the story came from Zeng’s observation on the challenging situation of Chinese Opera and the lives of hundreds of Chinese artists in New York. Zeng also combined her thoughts and experience on the struggle between the pursuit of dream and reality as a young artist into the film. No matter you are a Chinese Opera singer, or an actor, or a filmmaker, or an artist, or an ordinary people who have dreams, you have to face numerous challenges coming from reality and life itself. LAO WONG not only brings the reflections on Chinese culture and arts and its future, but also raises a question about the balance between the pursuit of dream and reality. Without the boundary of ethnicity in the arts, people who have their dreams and struggles will feel sympathy and connected to Lao Wong’s story.

LAO WONG, written and directed by Ming Zeng, is one of the Chinese-American co-production short film series presented by US Supernove Entertainment Inc. and HuaXiaRen Multimedia Corporation.

To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit

Festival Ticket Information
Tickets for general admission are $14. Tickets for seniors (65+), students and handicapped (must present valid ID) are $12. Tickets for ACV members and Community Partners are $10.50. Tickets will be available for purchase on the AAIFF website on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. For Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Events, please check website for ticket details.

General Festival Information
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is a presentation of Asian CineVision. The festival is a celebration of inspiring Asian and Asian American works in film and video from innovative artists around the world. AAIFF 2015 takes place July 23-August 1, 2015 in Manhattan and Queens. Manhattan venues include: Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue); Asia Society (725 Park Avenue); Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street); Queens venues include: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria); Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing); and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

About Asian CineVision:
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine

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