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#AAIFF2015: Closing Night Award Ceremony and New York premiere of Wong Fu Productions’ EVERYTHING BEFORE US at the Museum of the Moving Image on August 1

Everything Before Us

Everything Before Us

The AAIFF 2015 Award Ceremony will precede the closing night New York premiere screening of EVERYTHING BEFORE US at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave in Astoria.

8:00 PM AAIFF15 Award Ceremony
8:30 PM EVERYTHING BEFORE US +Post Screening Q&A with Wong Fu Productions
10:30 PM: Closing Night Reception

Known for their YouTube channel and variety of short films and videos, EVERYTHING BEFORE US is the first feature film from Wong Fu Productions. The film stars actors Aaron Yoo (“The Tomorrow People,” Disturbia), Ki Hong Lee (Maze Runner, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Randall Park (The Interview, “Fresh off the Boat”), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder), Brittany Ishibashi (“Political Animals,” “Emily Owens M.D.”) and Victoria Park (Ravens Touch, Wine Club).

EVERYTHING BEFORE US takes place i​n the near future when all romantic relationships are overseen by the D.E.I (The Department Of Emotional Integrity). By assigning everyone a “Relationship Score,” this system is meant to promote responsibility, happiness, and order within the chaotic process we know as falling in love. Born from the realization that scores tend to pivot our decisions today, EVERYTHING BEFORE US is a playful response to our world run by systems and ratings. With a focus on two couples, Wong Fu Productions foreshadows our possible future if such an institution were to exist.

When Ben reconnects with his ex-­girlfriend, Sara, to fix his damaged score, they’re forced to reconcile their past. While it seems as though one chapter of their lives has officially ended, their reunion turns out to be the beginning of many more as they must choose to either comply with the rules of the D.E.I or reject it all for the sake of love. Seth and Haley, recent high school graduates, are in their first registered relationship together. With bright eyes and innocent hearts, they experience the challenge of not only being each other’s first loves, but also each other’s first heartbreaks.

Founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions is primarily known for their YouTube channel, which has grown to over 2 million subscribers and over 300 million views in the span of 10 years. Their work has been critically recognized and praised by organizations such as CNN, NPR, the 2008 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals, and even the White House. EVERYTHING BEFORE US is Wong Fu Production’s first feature film and with plenty of cute, lovey-dovey moments, and suspenseful drama build up, it is definitely a crowd pleaser and evidence of Wong Fu’s influence in the Asian-American community today.

Co-presented byCape 

Post Screening Panelists:
Wesley Chan, Director, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Philip Wang, Director, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Ted Fu, Executive Producer, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Christine Chen, Producer, EVERYTHING BEFORE US

The Closing Night Reception will take place immediately after the film.

Closing Night Catering Sponsors:

Flo Lounge
BentOn

Closing Night Liquor Sponsor:
Beam Suntory to serve tastings of Knob Creek Rye, Maker’s Mark 46, and Basil Hayden

Tickets:

$40–Screening and Closing Night Reception

Director’s Bio

EVERYTHING BEFORE US makes Philip Wang and Wesley Chan’s feature directorial debut and Wong Fu Production’s first feature film. Founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions is primarily known for their YouTube channel where they create short films, sketches, music videos and vlogs for their fanbase of supporters from around the world. While Wesley, Ted, and Philip initially met as friends who simply enjoyed making videos, they now has grown to over 2 million subscribers with over 300 million views, and are recognized as pioneers for a new generation of content creators, as well as a voice for the under represented Asian American Community.

To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit http://aaiff.org/2015.

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

Other articles by Lia Chang
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