Yesterday was the last day of the festival. To be honest I'm a little sad having the festival end. Next year looks like a promising year if this year's festival was this awesome! I was able to watch Pui Chan, some of the shorts, and Shanghai Calling. These films are so amazing! I hope you guys get a chance to see this whenever it comes public. Thank you BAAFF for allowing me to be the blogger/photographer for this years festival. It was an honor to be part of this community and I hope to be apart of it next year! Below are some images from yesterdays event. Enjoy and have a good year everyone!
Hey everyone! Today is the last day of the festival! I hope to see you all there. The festival opens with an encore presentation of Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer. If you happen to miss yesterday’s showing it will appear again at 12:30 @ the Paramount Center.
After the encore we begin with Reel Food: A Shorts Program which include:
Directed by Corrie Chen, Clancy struggles as a Chinese-Australian from what he is at school and what he is at home against the backdrop of the Chinese New Year.
People Aren’t Bad
4 min documentary about 80-year-old Yukata Kobayashi who shares his struggles as a Japanese American before and leading up to the Japanese Internment Camps. His story focuses on this dark period along with an unexpected experience of compassion and kindness from a tower guard of the Topaz Internment Camp. Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
Directed by Albert M. Chan The Commitment focuses on a gay couple (Robert and Ethan) who have been chosen to adopt a child from an Asian birthmother, Victoria. Through the facilitations of the social worker (Susan) Robert, Ethan, and Victoria navigate the humorous and awkward situations. Through the process Victoria soon forms a bond with both Robert and Ethan. When the unexpected occurs Robert and Ethan go through neuroticism and anxiety which threaten their relationship
Filipino-American teenager Lenny Blanco just wants to be left alone, but unfortunately her overbearing mother plans Lenny to become a model for a skin lightening cream that could increase her cosmetic sales. As Lenny is swayed by her mother and a cute boy she concedes to bleaching her hair in order to change her identity and risk her health. Directed by Jessica dela Merced
Directed by Kelly Li Café Eleve tells a story of a ballerina who sacrifices her passion to support her family. Upon an item that was left by a customer, she rediscovers freedom she once felt along with a person she’s never met.
My 2009 Experience
Directed Henry Ho My 2009 Experience is a diary about personal life, immediately family, and the passing of a father.
Rahul is a dancer who decides to give up her career to marry Asha. After a few year he wakes from a dream realizing that he’s unhappy. Directed by Raahul Singh
Caught spraying graffiti, Oscar does community service at a nursing home whom he meets Isabel, a dementia patient. Though at the age of 84 she happens to tag an entire block in pink.
Whew!! That’s a lot! But as we come to a close we end on the last film of the festival Shanghai Calling.
Directed by Daniel Hsia the film takes a look at a New York attorney, Sam, who is sent to Shanghai for an assignment which then turns into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of an attractive relocation specialist, an unassuming journalist, and a street-smart assistant, Sam could save his job, find romance, and appreciate Shanghai’s wonders. (Paramount Center)
What an incredible afternoon and evening with crew! The films were so amazing last night! I can't decided which one was my favorite since those films are the kind of films I enjoy very much. If you haven't watched Model Minority, Mr. Cao Goes To Washington, and Yes, We're Open you are definitely missing out on some good stuff. Below are more pictures of the festival and afterparty from last night! Enjoy!
Hey everyone! Hope you’re all ready for the 3rd installment of the festival. Here’s what’s in store for the day.
Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer
Documentary directed by Mimi Chan the film goes inside the man who is solely responsible for bringing Kung Fu to America. (Brattle Theatre)
Kayla is an underprivileged 16-year-old puts her future as an artist at risk when she gets involved with a drug dealer. Directed by Lily Mariye Model Minority is about redemption, 21st family life and hopes for the future. (Paramount Center)
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
A documentary directed by S. Leo Chang looks into the life of congressmen Joseph Cao who sides with the Republican party, friends Obama, and votes against the Health Care Reform. (Paramount Center)
Real Talk (Short Film)
Directed by Patrick Ng Real Talk is a story about two best friends’ (Pax and Iggy) bond that is soon broken due to ones truth of his loyalty . (Paramount Center)
Yes We’re Open
A regular couple (Luke and Sylvia) who are open to new experiences meet Elena and Ronald who have several other partners out of their relationship. With temptations brewing both Luke and Sylvia look deep into the meaning of love, sex, and honesty. Directed by Richard Wong, Yes We’re Open takes a look at the intimate world of unconventional relationships of San Francisco. (Paramount Center)
It doesn’t end there! BAAFF will be throwing an AFTERPARTY @ SHOJO which starts at 11pm and ends @ 1. It’s free (yes free! no admission) which will serving some drinks so first come first serve! It’s also open to dress up for the spirit of Halloween! A live DJ will be spinning some tunes along with the opportunity to mingle with new people! Come hang out!
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