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2014 Asian American International Film Festival

Asian CineVision Presents the 37th Asian American International Film Festival

Asian CineVision Presents

37th Asian American International Film Festival

New York, NY, June 24, 2014 – Asian CineVision is pleased to present the full film lineup for the 37th Asian American International Film Festival (the AAIFF’14), which will run from July 24th to August 2rd, 2014.

The 37th Annual Asian American International Film Festival explores a diverse range of themes relevant to the Asian and Asian American experience. From the seedy underground of the Japanese love hotel industry to the sprawling urban backdrop of Southeast Asia, from the incredible story of a young Nepalese girl sold into prostitution to the story of a Taiwanese farming activist who constructs bombs made of rice, from the struggle of displaced Filipino workers in Israel to the revenge romp of a Vietnamese American fashion designer, AAIFF’14 again delivers an entire slate of films that speak to universal human experiences: love, violence, sex, resilience and hope. The festival intends to address immediate and historical topics such as labor, global justice, representation and homecoming. With numerous filmmakers and presenters expected to attend, AAIFF’14 aims at raising lively dialogues and celebrating the cinematic innovation and compelling storytelling.

The exciting lineup presents a total of 18 features and 33 shorts that are compiled into 5 short programs, ranging over 21 countries and regions, including Australia, Afghanistan, Canada, China, Hawaii, Iran, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, UK, and USA. Among the 18 feature films, 3 will make a North America Premiere, 1 will make a US Premiere, 11 will make an East Coast Premiere, and 3 will make a New York City Premiere. The filmmakers include award winning names such as Wu Tianming (1939-2014), Christine Choy, and Raya Martin, returning alumnae such as Ham Tran and Cho Li, and first-time feature filmmakers such as Hannah Espia and Henry Chan. In addition, AAIFF’14 also features the 72-Hour Shootout, Asian American International Screenplay Competition reading, Work-In-Progress workshop, stop-motion animation workshops and music events. Once again the Festival provides audiences a comprehensive picture of the very best Asian and Asian American media creators today.

The film screenings at the festival are taking place at multiple venues across the city: Asia Society (725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021), City Cinema Village East (189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003), Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John St, New York, NY 11201) and Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013). The press conference will be held 11:00am – 1:00pm on July 23rd, 2014 at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University (8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003).

Media Contact: Stella Quenstedt  (English) and Yijun Mao (Chinese)

AAIFF’14 Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Presentations:

Opening Night Presentation: SOLD

Directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner Jeffrey D. Brown and executive produced by two-time Academy Awards winner Emma Thompson, SOLD follows Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl who travels from her pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a sordid brothel/prison called “Happiness House” in Kolkata, India. This poignant film, adapted from Patricia McCormick’s globally acclaimed book and based on true events, not only illustrates the brutality of child trafficking but also juxtaposes India’s harsh realities with its beautiful landscape. SOLD addresses the crime of child trafficking domestically and internationally and seeks to raise pertinent dialogue concerning this human rights issue.

Dir. Jeffrey D. BROWN | USA | 2014 | 95 mins  | English | East Coast Premiere

Jul 24 7:00pm Asia Society, Jul 26 5:00pm City Cinema Village East


Centerpiece Presentation: TRANSIT

When Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel comes home to Tel Aviv to celebrate his son Joshua’s fourth birthday, his world is suddenly turned upside down by unnerving political news: the Israeli government is deporting children of all foreign workers. Fearful of the new law, Moises, alongside his Filipino neighbor, Janet, hides their children from the immigration police by making them hermits of their own homes. TRANSIT is an earthy portrait centering on displaced people—refugees, immigrants and foreign workers. It puts the conception of subject identity, home and national identification in question that is distinctly relevant to the present world under the influence of globalization. As director Hannah Espia’s feature debut, Transit was the Filipino entry for Best Foreign Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

Dir. Hannah ESPIA | The Philippines | 2013 | 93 mins | English, Hebrew, Tagalog with English subtitles | New York Premiere

Jul 27 7:30pm City Cinema Village East


Closing Night Presentation: HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS

Anne is a New York-based junior fashion designer with a flourishing career and a seemingly perfect love story. However, when her fiancé, Kiet, relocates from New York to Vietnam for business, Anne suspects he may be having an affair with a supermodel. Aided by best friend/hairstylist Danny, Anne flies to Saigon and infiltrates the Vietnamese fashion industry to seek the truth. HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS not only satiates one’s haute couture appetite, but is also balanced by light and sweet moments concerning friendship and love. Director Ham Tran of Hoa (Chinese-Vietnamese) ancestry and writer/producer/star – Kathy Uyen (KEIU) team up to create this vibrant Asian American feature that demonstrates the best of Vietnam’s film industry.

Dir. Ham TRAN | Vietnam | 2013 | 90 mins | English, Vietnamese with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere

Aug 2 7:30pm City Cinema Village East


AAIFF’14 Feature Presentations, in alphabetical order:

100 DAYS: Bo Dan, a cold-hearted telecom executive returns to the Matsu Islands for his mother’s burial and is given an ultimatum: get married in 100 days in order for his mother’s spirit to depart peacefully. Stranded in his long estranged hometown by a typhoon, Bo is forced to rethink his calloused corporate life and face the rekindled passion for his now-engaged childhood sweetheart. The debut feature by Emmy-winning TV director Henry Chan, 100 DAYS successfully integrates local Taiwanese flavors and deeply felt homecoming revelations to its rom-com finesse.
Dir. Henry Chan| 2013 | Taiwan | 104 min | Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere
Aug 1 7:30pm City Cinema Village East

A TIME IN QUCHI: Directed by award-winning writer-director Chang Tso-chi, A TIME IN QUCHI follows a boy’s coming of age during his summer vacation in rural Quchi. Away from the familiar high-tech gadgets, Bao begins to see his grandpa’s idyllic life with a fresh eye and finds creative means to engage in his surroundings. With poetic visuals and sporadic touches of humor, the film deals with deeper themes such as loss, separation and secrecy. Nominated for the Golden Leopard Award at the 2013 Festival del film Locarno, A TIME IN QUCHI evokes fond memories of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s classic A SUMMER AT GRANDPA’S (1984).
Dir. CHANG Tso-chi | Taiwan | 2013 | 109 min | Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles  | East Coast Premiere

Jul 28 8:30pm City Cinema Village East

AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS: AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS is a screwball comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Paying tribute to kung-fu and henchman-typecast Asian American actors in classic Hollywood films such as DIE HARD, BLOODSPORT, and KARATE KID 2, (whom usually had a 2-minute lifespan before they were mortally wounded or namelessly beat to a pulp), Directors Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino (aka National Film Society) bring you this tribute to such actors like Al Leong, Yuji Okumoto and George Cheung, who play themselves in their most iconic roles to seek revenge, and kick butts. Bad guys are awesome, especially Asian ones!
Dir. Stephen Dypiangco, Patrick Epino | USA | 2014 | 54 mins | English |East Coast Premiere
Jul 25 6:00pm City Cinema Village East, Jul 26 2:00pm Made in NY Media Center

BRINGING TIBET HOME: In memory of his late father, New York-based and world-known artist Tenzing Rigdol embarks on an unthinkable journey to smuggle 20 tons of native Tibetan soil, crossing the borders of three countries that border the Himalayas, for a final installation in Dharamsala, India, to give a chance for the thousands of Tibetans in exile to set foot on their native soil. Infused with Rigdol’s dreamy longing for his homeland, the fiery rage of his arts and unexpected humor – filmmaker Tenzin Choklay crafts an intense and touching documentary about the contemporary Tibetans spirit and its unwavering longing for home.
Dir. Tenzin Tsetan Choklay | USA | 2013 | 82 min | English, Tibetan with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere

July 31 8:30pm City Cinema Village East

CHU AND BLOSSOM: Along the line of eccentric comedies, CHU AND BLOSSOM is a delightful and whimsical coming-of-age tale between two unlikely friends that try to find themselves and their art in a small American town. Tall and awkward, Joon Chu (Charles Chu) is an exchange student from Korea who struggles to fit in; Butch Blossom (Ryan O’Nan) is a militant performance artist and an outcast. Together, with the help of their classmate, Cherry Swade (Caitlin Stasey), they form a hilarious brotherhood that allows them to forge new paths and realize their artistic ambitions.
Dir. Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly | USA | 2014 | 104 min | English, Korean with English subtitles | New York Premiere
Jul 29 8:30pm City Cinema Village East

FRED HO’S LAST YEAR: An homage to the award-winning avant-garde jazz composer, Asian American author and political activist, FRED HO’S LAST YEAR captures the unapologetic Fred Ho in an unbelievable year as he fights cancer, leads orchestras, holds lectures, organizes protests, publishes books, and even produces his magnum opus: an elaborate, manga-inspired samurai opera on a New York stage. Filmed over the course of 2013, the film provides a glimpse into Fred’s extraordinary life as a musician, a mentor, a pioneer and a dear friend for those who will be continuously inspired by his courage and persistence.

Dir. Steven de Castro| 2014 | USA | 58 min | English | East Coast Premiere

 Jul 31 7:00pm Museum of Chinese in AmericaAug 2 5:30pm City Cinema Village East

GHINA: Directed by Oscar nominee Christine Choy, GHINA explores the history of Chinese migrants to Ghana by not only examining their personal motivations for relocation, but also delving into the Chinese psyche as Ghana’s foreign “Other.” This documentary gives an unswerving investigation into the ongoing Chinese investment and construction in Africa through interviews with workers, investors and scholars by providing local and alien perspectives.

Dir. Christine Choy | 2014 | USA, Hong Kong, Italy | 69 min | English |East Coast Premiere

Jul 28 6:00pm City Cinema Village East

HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY: HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY is a fascinating, experimental thriller composed with both cinema-vérité-like and dramatic visuals and a dreamy electro soundtrack. The film follows a young girl from the countryside that dreams to evanesce. While her mother quotes Scripture and her father absorbs himself in alcohol and history, she plays a lonely game of hide-and-seek. One day, the young girl decides to put on a stage play based on an old Filipino film about a family who disappears in the mountains during war. The movie takes a thrilling, provocative turn when soon after the performance, she vanishes from the car, prompting her parents to look for her in the woods. One by one, they all start to disappear.

Dir. Raya Martin | 2013 | The Philippines | 79 min | Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere

Aug 1 10:00 pm City Cinema Village East

KUMU HINA: Can you imagine a world where a young boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men? Directed and produced by Emmy-winners Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, KUMU HINA is told through the eyes of Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian who is a proud mahu, or transgender woman, and an admired kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader. This inspiring documentary captures the struggle to maintain the Pacific Islander’s culture and values amidst the westernized society of modern day Hawaii and reveals a side of the Islands rarely noticed by foreign eyes.
Dir. Dean HAMER, Joe WILSON | 2014 | SA | 77 min | English, Hawaiian, Tongan with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere
Jul 27 2:30pm City Cinema Village East

LETTERS FROM THE SOUTH: LETTERS FROM THE SOUTH is a six-part omnibus of short films reflecting on the experiences of the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia. In the form of a letter, each film represents the filmmaker’s thoughts towards the historical and cultural heritages of their origins. Six top-notch Southeast Asian filmmakers have contributed a diverse strip of imaginative, quirky or visceral stories, each furnished in a distinct style. LETTERS FROM THE SOUTH is the official selection of the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014.
Dir. Royston Tan, Midi Z, Sun Koh, Tsai Ming-liang, Tan Chui Mui, Aditya Assarat| China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar | 105 min | Mandarin, Thai, Hokkien, Cantonese with English Subtitles | North American Premiere
Jul 31 6:00PM City Cinema Village East

THE LOVE HOTEL: With unprecedented access into one of the most private and anonymous spaces in Japanese society, THE LOVE HOTEL focuses on the Angel Love Hotel in Osaka, a short stay hotel where customers of all ages and backgrounds visit for uninterrupted intimacy and where the hotel’s management struggle against an increasingly conservative government. Under the veneer of a pink movie, this extremely subtle documentary – from a cross-section of the modern Japanese society – provides a powerful perspective on love, sex and intimacy in the lucrative underground business and poses a tantalizing question: Where can we find love, and how can we make it last?
Dir. Philip Cox, Hikaru Toda | UK, Japan | 2014 | 90 mins | Japanese with English subtitles | US Premiere
Jul 25 8:30pm City Cinema Village East, Jul 26 3:00pm Made in NY Media Center

PRETTY ROSEBUD: Everyone thinks Cissy has the perfect life – except Cissy. A childless marriage has gone stale. Questions about babies pepper every well-intentioned conversation with family and friends. And the cultural abyss dividing Cissy and her Chinese Dad and Filipino-Spanish mom drives the “always-the-good-girl” to a desperate act of rebellion. Cissy awakens something so primal that is both shocking and revelatory. PRETTY ROSEBUD is written by the leading actress of the film, Chuti Tiu (THE INTERNSHIP, RAMPART), debut-directed by Cuban American actor and director Oscar Torre (THE HANGOVER 3) and produced by Rebecca Hu (40 IS THE NEW DEAD).
Oscar Torre | USA | 2014 | 81 min | English | New York City Premiere
l 26 1:00pm City Cinema Village East

THE RICE BOMBER: Based on true events and characters, THE RICE BOMBER chronicles a series of bombing incidents in Taiwan that occurred a decade ago. As he witnesses the impact of Taiwan’s membership into the World Trade Organization on its agricultural population, Yang Rumen (Ru) plants 17 rice bombs in North Taiwan to raise the government’s awareness of the farmer’s struggles. Written and directed by Cho Li, THE RICE BOMBER follows the journey of Ru as he becomes a local hero, fighting to save his native land. A 2014 Berlinale selection, this austere story is charged with an emotional heft delivered in Cho Yong-kyo’s breathtaking cinematography and scored by Iranian composer, Peyman Yazdanian.
Dir. CHO Li | Taiwan | 2014 | 117 min | Mandarin, Taiwanese with English subtitles | North American Premiere
Jul 26 7:30pm City Cinema Village East
, Jul 27 2:00pm Made in NY Media Center

SONG OF THE PHOENIX: SONG OF THE PHOENIX, the final film of the late director Wu Tianming, charts the life and trials of You Tianming, a young suona (a Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument) apprentice who goes on to form his very own suona troupe at a time when the practice of traditional instruments declines in Chinese society. Tianming faces the harsh reality that his artistic calling is no longer in tune with a modern, urbanized China. Director Wu Tianming, who just recently passed away, was considered a prominent figure among the Fourth Generation Chinese filmmakers who inspired many well-known Fifth Generation filmmakers such as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.
Dir. WU Tianming | 2013 | China | 110 min | Mandarin with English subtitles | North American Premiere
Jul 29 6:00pm City Cinema Village East

STORIES FROM TOHOKU: STORIES FROM TOHOKU documents the lives of several survivors of the worst disaster to hit Japan since Hiroshima: the March 2011 triple disaster in the Tohoku region. As they deal with the fallout from a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crisis, this documentary examines how fundraising from Japanese American non-profit organizations in the U.S. helped Tohoku survivors rebuild their lives. The film chronicles unexpected bonds that form between the survivors and the Japanese Americans that aid in the region’s rehabilitation as they learn to identify with their native country’s ancestry and traditional culture.

Dir. Dianne Fukami, Eli Olson | 2014 | USA | 49 min  | English, Japanese with English subtitles | East Coast Premiere
Jul 27 3:30pm City Cinema Village East


AAIFF’14 Shorts Programs:


In response to the increasing activity of a younger generation of Iranian filmmakers, AAIFF has put together a shorts program of both submitted and solicited short films from Iran and US-based Iranian filmmakers in the hopes of contextualizing the dynamics between the social milieu and the filmmaking practice in Iran. This eclectic collection consists of both narratives and documentaries that capture the tense social atmosphere that characterized the decade after the 1999 Student Protests – including the two most prominent incidents: the 2004 execution of Atefah Sahaaleh and the 2009 Iranian election. They also explore, with imaginative cinematic language, such themes as female experiences and cross-cultural misunderstanding.

Jul 26 3:30pm City Cinema Village East.

Featuring the following shorts: For The Birds (Dir. Tara ATASHGA), Dream Of Silk (Dir. Nahid REZAI), Turnabout (Dir. Hamed RAJABI),To Ride A Bicycle (Dir. Hamed RAJABI), The Theft (Dir. Mohammed FARAHANI), When A Kid Was Born(Dir. Anahita GHAZVIN), A Day In Eden (Dir. Assal GHAWAMI).


While we wear the garments, they also wear us. Spanning diverse time zones, regions and cultures, the films in this program speak of the covered stories of culture and industry beneath fabrics and clothes, as well as the truth of self-esteem, ambitions and longings. Believe it or not, the garment pieces are sometimes more eloquent than the owner.

Jul 27 5:00pm City Cinema Village East.

Featuring the following shorts: Door God (Dir. Yulin LIU), Factory Man (Dir Jihye KU), Hype Beasts (Dir. Jess Dela MERCED), Made in China Town (Dir. Kevin LAU), Woman in Fragments (Dir. Quan Zhou), Red (Dir. Jess X. Chen).


A TV host fumes over her little co-stars who find her outdated; a man has taken years’ worth of self-portraits on film stock; a teenager wants to cuddle with his best same-sex friend; a ice cliff climber trains in snowless LA; a corn farmer keeps away from the modern tech; a bowling shop staff now nears his perfect series; and an ailing father seeks solace in a TV opera – obsession is found in different forms and in subjects that have built the seven vibrant micro-universes of ones’ own.

Aug 1 5:00pm City Cinema Village East.

Featuring the following shorts: 40 Years Young (Dir. Ngoc Tran), Happy Fun Room (Dir. Greg Pak), Portraiture (Dir. Judy SUH), Sweet Corn (Dir. Joo Hyun LEE), Strike (Dir. Joey Daoud), Sutures (Dir. Tiffannie HSU), The Language of Love (Dir. Laura SCRIVANO).


These three short films, either drama or documentary, bring us back to the buzzing discontent of the workers and farmworkers on the portal docks, in the farming fields and on the streets and zoom in on the lined faces and calloused hands of the unsung heroes in China, Taiwan and Delano, CA.

Aug 2 3:00pm City Cinema Village East.

Featuring the following shorts: A Breath From the Bottom (Dir. Chan CHING-LIN), Delano Manongs (Dir. Marissa AROY), Grand Canal (Dir. Johnny MA).


With works of media makers under 21 years old, FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH is always a window to the surprisingly incisive perspectives and imaginative expressions of the youth. This year, the FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH program consists of documentaries, animations, video essays and narratives from India, Afghanistan, Taiwan, and the USA.

Jul 26 4:00pm Museum of Chinese in America.

Featuring the following shorts: The Children Of My Land And I (Dir. Students Of Marefat Middle School), To My Ten Year Old Self (Dir. Emily Eldridge Hall), Plan It For The Planet (Dir. Emily Eldridge HALL), Little Green (Dir. Yu-Hsuan TSENG), Perfect (Dir. Adelheid SUDIBYO), Maina: The Little Bride (Dir. Shurti RAI), Animal (Dir. Stefanos TAI).


Pull Over to Kill (Dir. Robbie IKEGAMI), with AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS, Jul 25 6:00pm City Cinema Village East
Grandma’s Alilang (Dir. Yan ZHANG), with THE LOVE HOTEL
Jul 25 8:30pm City Cinema Village East
Dress (Dir. Henry Ian C
USICK), with KUMU HINA, Jul 27 2:30pm City Cinema Village East


AAIFF’14 Workshops and Events:

AAIFF’14 Launch Party
Date and Time: Jun 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Location: TBA

Come celebrate as we announce our full lineup and show sneak previews and more!

72 Hour Shootout
Date and Time: Jul 27, 2014 at 1:00pm
Location: City Cinema Village East

AAIFF is proud to co-present with the 10th Anniversary Asian American Film Lab the 72 Hour Shootout screening and awards ceremony! Contestants are given 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit a 5-minute short film on a surprise theme. The top ten films of this year’s competition will be revealed. The theme of the 2014 72-Hour Shootout is “The Color of My Hair.”

The Asian American Screenplay Competition Screenplay Reading
Jul 26, 2014 at 2:00pm
Location: Museum of Chinese in America

The 37th Asian American International Film Festival is again hosting the Asian American International Screenplay Competition and celebrating the writing talents from the Asian American community! The winner of AAISC’14 is to be announced in early July. The winning screenplay will get a reading by local NYC actors. Past winners of the Asian American International Screenplay Competition include Michael Kang’s THE MOTEL, Mora Stephens’ GEORGIA HEAT and Issac Ho’s THE CHINESE DELIVERY MAN.

The Cotabato Sessions

Date and time: Jul 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

Location: Asia Society

A music-meets-cinema collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra and director Joel Quizon, THE COTABATO SESSIONS is a documentary of the musical legacy of National Heritage artist, Danongan Kalanduyan and his family of Cotabato City in Mindanao, The Philippines. Practitioners of the indigenous art form known as kulintang (rhythmic gong ensemble music) and the colorful dance that often accompanies it revering the Kalanduyan family as respected elders upholding the tradition. Kulintang known as a feminine instrument has a unique history of crossing Philippine Indigenous matriarchal society and Muslim cultures. The film features this legacy through the Kalanduyan’s performing art practice.

Featuring musical performances captured both for the camera and for the audio, THE COTABATO SESSIONS is a uniquely intimate music documentary in its droll and observant way. The film manages to create a poetic, celebratory work that foregrounds the practitioners of this signature Philippine art form and ponders its future in the contemporary society.

Music Night Out
Date and Time: 
Aug 1, 2014 at 10:30pm
Location: TBA

Featuring the best music videos from independent Asian and Asian American artists. With live performance of Brooklyn-based singer Brother Han. Come dance the night away at AAIFF’14!

Stop-motion Animation Workshops with Hui-ching Tseng

Dates: July 25 – 26, July 28 – 29, Aug 2

Location: Mandarin Ink (9 Mott Street, Suite 200, New York, New York, 10013), Made in New York Media Center, and City Cinema Village East.

Born Kaohsiung, Taiwan, now living in the Tainan city, Hui-Ching Tseng’s extraordinarily diverse animation practice incorporates stop motion, 2D and 3D techniques featuring found objects, illustration and photography. Tseng is a full-time Assistant Professor, and a professional artist and educator. The 37th Asian American International Film Festival invites Hui-Ching Tseng to lead two workshops with local young teenagers in New York City. Hui-ching, with her exceptional skills, artistic and cultural senses and passion for the community both as a video artist and an educator, will demonstrate a sustainable model of art-creation and a special pedagogy that involves art, ecological awareness, and new media technologies. Her works are infused with both cultural flavors and a universal appeal. The screening of the video products of the workshop will be shown on August 2nd a long with a mini-retrospective of Hui-ching Tseng’s works.

Work-in-Progress Workshop: NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE

Date and Time: Jul 28, 2014 at 4:00pm
Location: TBA

Howard Weinberg’s historical, educational documentary explores the collaborative collision of artists and television at Thirteen/WNET, New York, 1972-1984 and the impact of the pioneering video artist Nam June Paik generated on the TV LAB, where engineering genius John Godfrey figured out how to broadcast half-inch video. Run by omnivorous producer David Loxton, TV LAB expanded television and built many extraordinary careers. In this workshop, we will show parts of the documentary-in-progress and open the floor for critiques and comments.

About Asian CineVision and AAIFF:  The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is produced by Asian CineVision (ACV), a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, promotion and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video. AAIFF is the nation’s longest-running festival of its kind and a leading showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American film and video.

Excellence in Short Filmmaking Nominees: 

DELANO MANONGS by Marissa Aroy

GRAND CANAL by Johnny Ma


LITTLE GREEN by Yu-hsuan Tseng

PULL OVER TO KILL by Robbie Ikegami

SUTURES by Tiffanie Hsu

Emerging Director in Feature Filmmaking Nominees:

Steven De Castro of FRED HO’S LAST YEAR

Tenzin Tsetan Choklay of BRINGING TIBET HOME

Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly of CHU AND BLOSSOM