Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

#AAIFF2015 Centerpiece Presentation: New York premiere of Benson Lee’s SEOUL SEARCHING at Cinema Village East on July 25

Seoul Searching

Seoul Searching

On Saturday, June 25th, award-winning Korean American filmmaker Benson Lee’s SEOUL SEARCHING makes its New York debut as AAIFF 2015’s Centerpiece presentation at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Village East.

SEOUL SEARCHING is a fun coming-of-age feature, chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of international Korean teens sent to a government-sponsored summer camp for a crash course in Korean culture. Justin Chon (TWILIGHT, 21 & OVER, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS) and Jessica Van (THE GAMBLER) star in this John Hughes-inspired dramedy delivers a pitch-perfect tale of teenage angst, modernized with a stellar Asian and Asian American cast. The cast also features Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn, 강별 (Kang Byul), Rosalina Leigh, Sue Son, Crystal Kay, Heejun Han, Uatchet Jin Juch and Nekhebet Kum Juch.

SEOUL SEARCHING made its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It has also been screened at CAAMFest 2015 and LAFF 2015. Director Benson Lee and main actor Justin Chon will attend screenings.

Co-Presented byKorean American International Film Festival (KAFFNY), Asian American Association of Times Inc. , Korea Society and Cape

Post Screening Panelists:

Benson Lee, Director, SEOUL SEARCHING
Justin Chon, Actor, SEOUL SEARCHING
Esteban Ahn, Actor, SEOUL SEARCHING

The Official AAIFF 2015 Centerpiece Party takes place after the screening of SEOUL SEARCHING at Drom NYC, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, in the East Village — a 10-minute walk from Village East Cinema.

Tickets:
$40 – Screening and After Party
$25 – Screening only
$20 – After Party only (advance online)
$25 – After Party only (at the door)
*Cash bar all night
Click here to purchase tickets.

Director’s Bio

Benson Lee is an award-winning Korean-American filmmaker who has directed drama, documentary and viral content for 20 years. His films have been distributed in over 80 countries and his works have premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals and aired on HBO, MTV and the Sundance Channel. He is the first Korean-American director to be accepted into the Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival (1998), where his film MISS MONDAY received the Special Grand Jury Prize.

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.

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

Related Articles
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
2015 Asian American International Film Festival Lineup, July 23-Aug. 1
#AAIFF2015: Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang’s MY VOICE, MY LIFE kicks off The Festival at Asia Society on July 23
#AAIFF2015: 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East, Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at The Azure on July 25 
July 25-26: #AAIFF2015 Spotlight on Arthur Dong- Screenings of THE KILLING FIELDS OF HAING S. NGOR and FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A, plus an on-stage conversation
#AAIFF2015: Short Film about Chinese Opera, LAO WONG, to screen at Village East Cinema on July 26
#AAIFF2015: Comic Book Master Class with Greg Pak at Museum of Chinese in America on July 26
#AAIFF2015: Dax Phelan’s Award winning JASMINE to have New York Premiere at Village East Cinema on July 30 
JASMINE and TWINSTERS Take Top Honors at the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; ADVANTAGEOUS, MISS INDIA AMERICA, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR among the winners
#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
Behind the Scenes of the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout with Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and Alicia Manns in HIDE AND SEEK
Photos: The 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Launch Party at The Korea Society; TWO FACES is this year’s theme 
Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee 
Click
here for other film articles.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., Black Stars of the Great White Way anniversary concert at NBTF and Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE 
Award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film ADVANTAGEOUS starring Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong and Samantha Kim, available on Netflix and iTunes
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
Photos: #EmptyMet Tour with Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Crafting a Career

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s