AAIFF ’15 IN FLUSHING: THE PURPLE ONION and OFF THE MENU (FREE!) at Sheraton-LaGuardia East Hospitality Lounge
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.
Because we believe in second chances, we will have an encore screenings of all AAIFF 2015 Shorts Programs during the day! In the evening, we will have screenings of THE PURPLE ONION and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA, a new documentary film by Grace Lee. All screenings will be held at the Sheraton-LaGuardia outdoor terrace.
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:
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.