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Shorts

Behind the Schoolbag

From Experimental to Horror, we showcase a diverse set of shorts that will inspire and entertain.


  1. 3 Minutes

    3 MINUTES

    Julia Chang / Shorts / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Romance / 6 mins
    At a local speed-dating event, Ron meets Jessie. Over the course of their three-minute encounter, the pair begins to get to know one another, eventually offering up all-too-honest assessments of each other. With levity, this short film comments on the current state of love and how it’s sustaining itself in the 21st century.
    Plays In:
    FINDING LOVE SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 8:45 pm


  2. 72 hour shootout

    72 HOUR SHOOTOUT

    Events, Shorts / 120 mins
    Come out and see the world premiere of the top ten most incredible films of the 2016 72 Hour Shootout! Presented by The Asian American Film Lab, 72 Hour Shootout is an annual, high-profile filmmaking competition aiming to ensure that stories and voices too often silenced in mainstream media are heard, not just as whispers, but as shouts to the world.
    72 HOUR SHOOTOUT

    Village East Cinema
    July 23, 2016 1:00 pm


  3. ALICE’S MIRROR

    Benoit Lelievre / Shorts / France / 2015 / Drama / 18 mins
    Ai Li is a transnational Chinese adoptee living in Paris, France. With just an address and a name scribbled onto the back of an old photograph, she flies to Shanghai in search of her birth mother. Her journey demonstrates that you don’t have to know where you came from to know who you are.
    Plays In:
    ROOTS: REMOVALS AND RETURNS SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 23, 2016 5:15 pm


  4. BALLOT

    Hai Chin Hsu / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Drama, Family / 13 mins
    Christine, a young Chinese American woman is out with her friends but not with her family at home. She fights with her conservative mother about Proposition 8 in California, a ballot proposition created by same-sex marriage opponents in 2008. This conflict pushes both mother and daughter to confront their own fears, spotlighting the irony of being in denial.
    Plays In:
    LGBTQ SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 1:00 pm


  5. Be With the Mountain

    BE WITH THE MOUNTAINS

    Baoming Song / Shorts / China / 2016 / Documentary, History / 30 mins
    In response to increasing leprosy outbreaks during the 1950s, China relegated its sickly to remote villages. This short transports us to the once-quarantined Luosongdi Village, documenting its residents' inability to overcome their residual fears of social stigma in the hopes that one day, they may reunite with their families.
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH SHORTS PROGRAM

    Museum of Chinese in America
    July 23, 2016 2:00 pm


  6. BEHIND THE SCHOOLBAG

    Ho Chun-yu Nic / Shorts / Hong Kong / 2015 / Drama / 10 mins
    In this animated short, a Hong Kong youth, weighed down by a miserable childhood, navigates the pressures of the city to find his inner salvation.
    Plays In:
    WE ARE BEAUTIFUL SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 22, 2016 7:00 pm


  7. The Blind of the Cathedral

    THE BLIND OF THE CATHEDRAL

    Nadine Asmar / Shorts / Lebanon / 2015 / Drama / 18 mins
    27-year-old Bachir is Christian and blind. A 15-year-old student named Hala is Muslim and has her sight. When these two meet in front of a cathedral, it seems fate has brought them together. Threatened by civil war, in a country exacerbated by sectarianism, can Hala and Bachir's love survive?
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH SHORTS PROGRAM

    Museum of Chinese in America
    July 23, 2016 2:00 pm


  8. CALL TAXI

    Julian Kim & Peter S. Lee / Shorts / USA / 2016 / Drama / 14 mins
    On his way to catch a flight, Jason, a second generation Korean American, calls in a Korean call taxi service to JFK. The driver turns out to be his father. This unexpected encounter goes from an innocuous drive to a relatable conversation that digs into the Asian American experience from perspectives both young and old.
    Plays In:
    MADE IN NY SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 23, 2016 8:00 pm


  9. Coming Full Circle- The Journey of A Transgendered Korean Adoptee

    COMING FULL CIRCLE: THE JOURNEY OF A TRANSGENDERED KOREAN ADOPTEE

    Larry Tung / Shorts / South Korea, USA / 2015 / Biography, Documentary / 24 mins
    Nearly half a century after she was adopted, a transgender activist named Pauline Park, currently based in New York City, finally makes her first visit to her native Korea. Compelling and powerful, this documentary short follows Park as she reconnects with her birth country, attempts to find answers, and participates in the Korea Queer Festival.
    Plays In:
    LGBTQ SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 1:00 pm


  10. CORK MAN

    Dawn Han / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Mystery, Noir, Thriller / 13 mins
    Director Dawn Han crafts a Lynchian tale about a man with a mysterious hole in his head, forced to hide his deformity. One day, he is pursued by a mysterious figure. Strange and compelling, there’s no explaining the peculiar appeal of Cork Man.
    Plays In:
    MADE IN NY SHORTS PROGRAM

    Village East Cinema
    July 23, 2016 8:00 pm