On Saturday, August 1st from 11:00am to 4:00pm, AAIFF will join over 80 local New York businesses and organizations at the second annual Flushing BID Street Fair. Visit the AAIFF booth for complimentary passes to the AAIFF 2015 Sheraton LaGuardia East Hospitality Lounge.
Take advantage of the encore screenings of all AAIFF 2015 Shorts Programs during the day!
At 6:00pm, New York’s own, Eric G. will hit the stage for a free live performance. A Filipino-American pop/R&B artist influenced by the likes of Michael Jackson, Eric G is a singer/songwriter and producer known for his catchy melodies and soul rock-infused beats. The night continues with two free encore screenings of THE PURPLE ONION and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA at the Sheraton-LaGuardia outdoor terrace.
Here’s the screening and entertainment schedule for Saturday, August 1st at the Sheraton-LaGuardia East Hospitality Lounge:
12:40PM – HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: LGBTQ SHORTS
I am delighted that my short film, Hide and Seek, created with my producing partner Garth Kravits, will screen as part of the lineup of the Top Ten award-winning films of the 72 Hour Shootout.
Click below to read more about the Top Ten award-winning films of the 72 Hour Shootout.
6:00PM – Live performance by ERIC G
8:00PM – OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA
Directed by Grace Lee
Documentary / USA / 2015 / 56 mins / English
From the stories about how food is prepared to the traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, people and food have always had a close relationship. AAIFF will feature Grace Lee’s OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA, a film that explores how we define “Asian America” — through that thing that is near and dear to everyone, food. OFF THE MENU is a documentary that travels from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the heartland of Wisconsin to New York’s Lower East Side and delves into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that explore what it means to be Asian American today.
9PM – THE PURPLE ONION
Directed by Matt Szymanowski
Narrative / USA, Poland / 2015 / Comedy, Drama / 75 mins / English
THE PURPLE ONION is an offbeat feature-length, comic-drama film about the most unfortunate stand-up comedian you have never heard of. Johnny, a struggling Chinese American comedian in San Francisco, finds himself on a downward spiral of disappointment in his private and personal life.
Our well-intentioned and increasingly more hapless comedian works as a dishwasher and hopes to move up to server. Most of all, he wants to get on stage and perform comedy; but gradually more serious, absurd and unexpected obstacles prevent him from doing so. The comedian’s estranged and single relative Jeanie suddenly moves in to Johnny’s tiny apartment; she’s lost everything and her home to foreclosure. As the new roommates adjust to one another’s personal habits Johnny (a habitual masturbator) and Jeanie (a snooper) also struggle to find their own roles in a vibrantly diverse, often profoundly beautiful yet intrinsically challenging metropolitan San Francisco. Emotionally confused and in need of a human connection, sexual intrigue develops as Johnny and Jeanie’s fates intertwine.
Read more about The Purple Onion below.
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.
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).
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek. 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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#AAIFF2015: Top Ten Winning Films of the Film Lab’s 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition- Awards and Wrap Party
#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
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
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: 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
Jennifer Betit Yen, Erin Quill and Lia Chang are co-hosting AAFLTV’s “Focus on the Philippines” featuring MATUD NILA, a series of animated creations by artist John Day Film Lab Selected for WNYC/WQXR Radio’s Support The ARtS Initiative (STAR)
Crossings TV to Televise A New Season of Bold Contemporary Content from the Film Lab
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
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking How-To Workshop: Writing the Best Script on April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking Workshops on March 19 and April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
Filmmakers Can Register for the 11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™; Youn Jung Kim named Shootout Coordinator
Asian American Film Lab Receives Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Grant
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Other articles by Lia Chang:
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
THE WIZ: A Celebration in Dance and Music featuring André De Shields, Phylicia Rashad, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ebony Jo-Ann, Inaya Day and more at SummerStage in Central Park on 8/12; Marcus Garvey Park on 8/13, 8/14
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
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