Fil-Am filmmaker Angelo Santos celebrates the legalization of same-sex marriage with his directorial debut, Pamanhikan, which premieres in the LGBTQ Shorts program at the 2015 Asian American International Film Festival at 5:30 pm on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Village East Cinema in New York City. Click here to purchase tickets.
Pamanhikan (pronounced paw-men-he-can) is a story of an interracial, gay couple’s parents’ first meeting over brunch to discuss their wedding. Named after a pre-wedding tradition in the Filipino culture, this witty and touching mockumentary of one such encounter explores family dynamics, exposes cultural quirks, and challenges traditional views on marriage. Santos, a gay Filipino-American, wrote the screenplay which won Best Screenplay Short at the 2013 Vail Film Festival.
Bringing Jun’s supportive mother and ignorant father together with Brendan’s disapproving mother and uninvited father doesn’t go according to plan when conversations on God, athletics, gay sex and bridesmaids erupt in an argument about bridesmaids that culminates when blood and holy water are spilled.
The cast features Eric Elizaga, Patrick Cooley Arianne Recto, 2014 British Independent Film Award nominee John Arcilla (Metro Manila), Julia Campanelli and Bill Hoag (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”). The creative team includes Cindy L. Torres (Slow Jam King), Director of Photography George Gibson (Esther-Best Short Film at the 2013 Athens International Film Festival) and casting director Judy Keller.
About the writer/director
Angelo Santos is a short film producer and writer. His first film as a producer, Kissed By Season, was screened at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA and was an official selection at the 2001 Sacramento Film and Music Festival and the 2001 New York International Film and Video Festival. His other productions include Under the Harlem Moon, which won The Wasserman/King Award, 2nd Prize, at NYU’s 2005 First Run Film Festival; and My Brother’s Keeper, which was an official selection at the 2008 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City.
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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.
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