year in its inception, Asian American Independent
Feature Conference (AAIFC) offers 30 invited
filmmakers to network and meet with industry professionals
to help conceive and advance their feature projects. This
event is not open to public. Click
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Platter delivers an eclectic selection of
short films that promises to make you laugh and think.
Bay Area-based Kerwin Berk will world
premiere his Japanese-American themed "The
Virtues of Corned Beef Hash" in this program. James
Huang's deliciously comedic shorts "Represent"
and "Johnny Karate & Golden Delicious" will
open and close the program. Chia-Chun Hsu's
"Inter-View" treads the line between comedy,
drama and the absurd. Directed by Kristina Sisco
and written by Mark Niu, "Juche
Rules" is a deftly told and contemporary short about
a reporter traveling through North Korea who must decide
between news worthy footage and human life. Not to be
missed is William Lu's laugh-out-loud
comedy pilot "Golden Boy," starring the very
talented Feodor Chin, about an up-and-coming
(or down-and-out) Hollywood screenwriter. Approx. 73 minutes.
— Quentin Lee
& Sexy presents a rare and edgy collection
of queer and sexy shorts. Buckle down for a fun and fierce
ride down the rainbow! Starring drag terrorist Christeene,
two music videos, "Fix My Dick" and "slowly/easy,"
directed by PJ Raval will open and close
the program. Jessica Sanders' fest favorite
"George & Brad in Bed" is a queer homage
to John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "bed-in" starring
George Takei. Leon Cheo's
"Swing" is a short drama two young lovers meeting
up once more after breaking up. Quentin Lee's
"Little Love" shows friendship doesn't mix with
well with sex. Eunice Wu's "The
Best Is Yet to Come" is a thoughtful and moving love
story about two young lesbians, one Asian American and
the other Latino. Kevyn Fong's "Beauty
Brawl" is a sizzling comedy about a "beauty
brawl" between two gay hairdressers. Last but not
least, Brent Anbe's "Ajumma! Are
You Krazy???" is the queer Asian festival hit of
the year about the zany quest of three "Ajummas"
(a Korean term for an adult female individual of married
age) chasing after a Korean male pop star in Honolulu.
Approx.80 minutes. — Quentin Lee
Doll is Hirokazu Koreeda’s
newest film based on the manga series Kuuki Nigyo.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.
The movie is about a middle-aged man whose closest friend
is a life-sized doll. This isn’t just any sex doll
though; it was made with a heart. So when the man goes
to work during the day, the doll goes out and explores
the world. The doll is played by the amazingly talented
and beautiful Bae Donna (from the
Host). This film portrays the loneliness
and lack of human connection in not only Japan but all
industrialized big cities around the world. It is funny,
poignant, and sad all at the same time, so sit back you’re
in the hands of one of Japan’s most skilled filmmakers.
Approx. 90 minutes. — Koji Steven Sakai