FRED HO’S LAST YEAR
Directed by Steven de Castro
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, leads 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.
On July 31st, the AAIFF’14 will co-host a sneak preview of FRED HO’S LAST YEAR with Museum of Chinese in America, followed by a discussion with director Steven de Castro, playwright Ruth Margraff (CAFE ANTASIA), and Fred’s long-term friend Anne T. Greene.
On August 2nd, to follow the screening of FRED HO’S LAST YEAR at Village East Cinema will be a music tribute by Fred Ho’s student Ben Barson playing Fred’s saxophone.
We are very proud to present this film with our community partners: Asian American Arts Alliance; Squalor.