Sometimes we need to find a new community to be our home, our shelter from society. It is through this community, this chosen family, that we discover who we are and gain an identity. As one artist put it, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are.”
A collection of LGBTQ-themed shorts including COMING HOME, PAMANHIKAN, TALKING TO MY MOTHER, PAPER WRAP FIRE, and RATTLEFLY
Post Screening Panelists:
Shing Ma, Actor, PAPER WRAP FIRE
Steven Liang, Director, COMING HOME
In This Program
Steven Liang / Short Films / Taiwan / 2015 / Drama / 13 minsJie Cheng, a well-behaved local Taiwanese high schooler, and Eric, a rebellious international student from the US, take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Jie Cheng to confront his darkest demons.
Angelo Santos / Short Films / USA / 2015 / Comedy, Drama / 29 minsRemember when your parents met your spouse's parents for the first time? For Filipinos, there is a tradition for that. It's called a 'pamanhikan'. For Brendan and Jun, an interracial gay couple, their pamanhikan occurs over brunch. Bringing Jun's supportive mother and ignorant father together with Brendan's disapproving mother and uninvited father doesn't go according to plan when conversations on God, athletics, and gay sex erupt in an argument about bridesmaids.
Leon Le / Short Films / USA / 2014 / Drama / 17 minsTalking to my Mother is film about love, acceptance, and missed opportunities. It tells the story of a young man trapped in a culture clash where traditions stunted his quest for personal happiness. The film explores the complicated relationships between Michael, a second-generation Chinese American man; his mother, Mrs. Yue and; Julianne, his girlfriend of two years whom he plans to marry. After a twist of fate, Julianne accidentally discovers Michael's secret love affair with a man. Will Michael be able to face the truth with his love ones, or most importantly himself before it's too late?
Raymond Yeung / Short Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 13 minsA Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.
Min Ding / Short Films / USA / 2014 / Comedy, Drama, Thriller / 20 minsSara, a small-town teenage girl with a dead-end existence who finds short-lived hope when she falls in love with the new pastor's luminous daughter.