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2014 Asian American International Film Festival

‘SOLD’ Opens the 37th Asian American International Film Festival

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June 20, 2014

SOLD Opens 37th Asian American International Film Festival In New York

SOLD, the story of an extraordinary thirteen-year-old girl living in a poor village in Nepal who becomes a victim of human trafficking and must risk everything to escape, will be the Opening Night Presentation of the 37th annual Asian American International Film Festival. Asian CineVision is hosting the film on July 24th, 2014 at the Asia Society in New York and again on July 26th, 2014 at the Village East Cinema, New York.

SOLD is based on the acclaimed and award-winning international best seller by Patricia McCormick. The novel covers the urgent issue of human trafficking and modern slave trade in India. SOLD has been translated into 32 languages and is frequently the book that introduces young people to the issue of modern day slavery.

Co-writer and Director Jeffrey D. Brown has won numerous awards including an Emmy for CBS Schoolbreak Special and an Academy Award for his short film MOLLY’S PILGRIM. SOLD is his first feature-length film. In talking about his interest in realizing SOLD as a film and cinematic experience, director Brown says, “I have a strong connection to India because my step-father was Indian and I traveled there when I was ten. I will never forget that experience… For me, reading SOLD was like reading a song/prayer/poem – I felt called to tell this story on film.” Brown drew inspiration from the Academy-Award-winning documentary, BORN INTO BROTHELS.

Executive producer and two-time Academy Awards-winner Emma Thompson believes that, “Because of ‘SOLD’s marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast, it is a story that we can all watch – so that we may understand the processes of slavery in modern India and feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything,”

“We are deeply moved by this intense, emotional story of one girl’s quest for freedom,” says John Carson Woo, the executive director of Asian CineVision and the Asian American International Film Festival, “The film covers the urgent social and global issue, but it is a powerful film with extraordinary execution that both exposes the unimaginable hardship of the victims, yet highlights the dignity in them. The story telling craftsmanship and pressing moral issues makes SOLD a film AAIFF is proud to present.”

In conjunction with the film, Wishing Tree Fund has been established to give grants to NGOs who have had made a difference in the lives of trafficked children in India and Nepal. A portion of the film’s profits will also be given to this fund. SOLD was recently awarded the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience at Nob Hill.

About AAIFF

As the first and longest running film festival of its kind in USA, AAIFF proudly celebrates its 37th edition in 2014. For over three decades, AAIFF has played a leading role to introduce important Asian American and Asian artists to New York audiences by premiering works by filmmakers such as Cui Zi’en, Lav Diaz, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ann Hui, Michael Kang, Eric Khoo, Mira Nair, Pang Ho-cheung, Park Chan- wook, Rea Tajiri, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, Wayne Wang, Edward Yang and Zhang Yang. The Festival also spotlighted films by Oscar-winning artists including Christine Choy, Keiko Ibi, Ang Lee, and Jessica Yu. For full line up of AAIFF’14, visit: AAIFF.ORG

About the Filmmakers of  SOLD

JEFFREY D. BROWN — Director

Jeffrey D. Brown studied film at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  His first short with dialogue was an adaptation of a book called “Molly’s Pilgrim.” The dramatic short won an Academy Award in 1986.  Brown’s first feature as a director is the adaptation of SOLD, written by Patricia McCormick.
As a director, Brown has won numerous awards including an Emmy (for an After School Special), a Peabody, a Cine Golden Eagle, among others. He has directed 17 hours of episodic television shows such as: “The Wonder Years,” “LA Law” and “Hooperman. “ He has also directed over 200 commercials. He Executive Produced and co-wrote with Finn Taylor; “Pontiac Moon” for Paramount and co-wrote and co-produced “Dream with the Fishes,” an indie that premiered at Sundance.   He lives in Northern California with his wife.

JANE CHARLES—Producer

With over 20 years in the film industry,  Charles has recently produced the films: “Switchmas,“ “Fat Kid Rules the World,” “Grassroots” and SOLD, with Oscar-winning director Jeffrey Brown and executive producer Emma Thompson, filmed on location in 2013 in India & Nepal.
As a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Charles worked in production on the original Stephen Cannell shows “21 Jump Street,” “Booker,” “Wise Guy,” “Neon Rider” (with the late Winston Reckert), and the feature films “Bird On A Wire” (Goldie Hawn, Mel Gibson), “Run” (Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Preston) and “Pure Luck” (Danny Glover and Martin Short), as well as several TV movies.
Charles’ first feature films as producer, “Cyberteens In Love” and “Once In a Blue Moon,” were distributed internationally, and premiered at the Montreal and Toronto International Film Festivals.  She has also produced countless television commercials, television shows, and music videos for Sting, Harry Connick, Jr and Our Lady Peace.  Beginning in 1996, as Executive Producer, she successfully ran Apple Box Productions (1996 – 2002) and Run Spot Run Films (2002 – 2007) before relocating to Seattle, WA, where she makes cause-based films that entertain and enlighten, and is co-founder of the non-profit Stolen Youth.

EMMA THOMPSON – Executive Producer

Two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson, numbers among her considerable acting credits such films as “Henry V,” “Howards End,” for which she won the Oscar as Best Actress, “Much Ado About Nothing,”  “The Remains of The Day,”  “In The Name Of The Father,”  “Junior,” “Carrington,” “Sense and Sensibility,” for which she won a Best Screenplay Oscar, “Primary Colors,” “Love Actually,” “Pirate Radio,” three Harry Potter films and, most recently, “Saving Mr. Banks.”  A many-faceted talent, Thompson, wrote and starred in two successful “Nanny McPhee“ features, and also has notable television credits both in America and in the U.K.  In addition to serving as executive producer on SOLD, Thompson also produced “Nanny McPhee Returns,” and executive produced “The Journey.”