LGBTQ SHORTS PROGRAM
These shorts explore the myriad of ways in which the LGBTQ+ community and the Asian American community intersect and work together. While some aim to directly address this intersection, through meditations on family, Asian American culture, and identity clashes, others feature characters learning to be both LGBTQ+ and Asian American successfully.
Post Screening Panel:
Vicky Du, Director, GAYSIANS
Jazmin Jamias, Director, I HATE THE COLOR RED
Larry Tung, Director, COMING FULL CIRCLE: THE JOURNEY OF A TRANSGENDERED ADOPTEE
Pauline Park, Subject, COMING FULL CIRCLE: THE JOURNEY OF A TRANSGENDERED ADOPTEE
In This Program
Larry Tung / Shorts / South Korea, USA / 2015 / Biography, Documentary / 24 minsNearly 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.
Jazmin Jamias / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Comedy / 19 minsA moving comedy about Sophie, a lesbian video store owner, and her carefree, troublemaking brother. Still recovering from the loss of their parents, the siblings receive bad news about their inherited store. With the fate of their family’s beloved store on the line, Sophie is forced to get creative.
Hai Chin Hsu / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Drama, Family / 13 minsChristine, 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.
Vicky Du / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 13 minsIn this illuminating patchwork documentary, five queer and trans Asian Americans explore their relationships with their family and culture. Living an authentic life can be one of the most difficult things to do and these subjects offer a vibrant snapshot of how each has accomplished that, sharing their processes in doing so.
Tao Jia / Shorts / Australia / 2015 / Drama / 17 minsIn a waiting room, a man hears his name called out. This coming-of-age drama features a gay man's infatuation with a straight actor. Eventually, he enrolls in his crush’s acting classes where his true feelings can pass as a convincing performance. When he receives a scary potential diagnosis, his life begins to take a turn.
Oates Yinchao Wu / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Biography, Drama, Romance / 14 minsA Chinese foreign exchange student in America falls in love with his straight friend and, during a few fleeting moments of pure, unedited honesty, he dares to hope for what cannot be.