As we headed to our 2nd installment of the festival we started out with Sunset Stories, followed by Wedding Palace and some shorts. The whole night was awesome! Everyone enjoyed themselves and everyone had a blast. Every film I saw last night was amazing. To anyone who didn't get a chance to watch these flicks I urge you to find a way to watch them just because these films are something you shouldn't sleep on. I didn't get the opportunity to watch I Am a Ghost, but I'm sure that was a great film! Below are images that recap last night's event. Enjoy!
Alright everyone! Looks like we have a long night of festivities ahead! We will be starting our event @ 5:00pm to open up with Sunset Stories. A film directed by Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda a dark comedy about two people’s chase around Los Angeles, CA in search of a missing cooler containing a bone marrow for a transplant. Featuring actors Monique Gabriela Cumen (The Dark Night, Finishing the Game) and Sung Kang (Fast and the Furious) this film is sure to deliver some good laughs and thrills. This will take place at Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston.
Now, after this screening you have two films to choose from. Both will be playing at 7:00pm at separate locations
Wedding Palace, directed by Christine Yoo, is a comedy about 29-year-old Jason Kim (Brian Tee of Fast and the Furious and Tokyo Drift) who is pressured by his family to find a bride before hitting the age of 30. As him and his family visit a shaman played by Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva and 30 Rock) Jason is told that if he doesn’t marry before turning 30 he will die a horrible death. Wedding Palace is a film about online dating, first impressions, finding true love or finding a path to regrets. This film will be screened at the Paramount Theatre in the Bright Family Screening Room, in Boston.
I Am A Ghost, directed by H.P. Mendoza, is horror film about a woman, Emily (Anna Ishida), who is a ghost that doesn’t know her past or present state due to her mental illness. Sylvia (Jeannie Barragoa), who settles in the residence Emily once owned, makes the effort to find out answers to why she is so confused of her state of existence. This film will be screened at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.
At 9:30 the festival will present its special showcase The Fear Buffet: A Shorts Program which features 6 short films:
Dumpling: King Lee, Father and former boxer with the reputation of killing an opponent in the ring, does his best to try and connect with his son, King Lee, by giving him a gift that not only will make him into a man, but change both of their lives forever. Sammy’s father doesn’t know that on his 21st birthday he secretly will leave to start a new life.
How War Ends: A film about two brothers who experienced Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge which leaves one brother able to deal with the painful memories while the other still under control of the trauma he experienced.
Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks: In the belief that homosexuality can be “cured” a traditional father, Huang, visits his ill son, Justin, that’s cooped up at a hospital and teaches him about the “birds and the bees.” Huang then performs an exorcism which suddenly awakens zombies. They can only defeat the enemy by setting aside their own differences.
Mr. Nakamura’s Addiction: Mr. Nakamura loves children and loves to be around the playground of children everyday, but because of his addiction he is afraid he may succumb to bad decisions when being around them. How far will he go to get satisfaction before he loses control?
Bloodtraffick: In a world torn by a war between vampires and angels, a human vigilante on the hunt for her missing sisters is lured into the den of a vampire.
Down Under: Inspired by true events Nicola Radford desperately tries to escape the senseless brutality of a faceless torturer. Brutal, suspenseful, and gory Down Under will leave you questioning about violence, revenge, and justice.
If you guys want to catch me I will be at the Paramount Center throughout the day. Hope to see you guys out there. It’s going to be a great night!!!
A preview of last nights event. As the theater was packed viewers were seated and ready to watch the film. Among those individuals that joined were Booboo Stewart, Ellie Wen, and David Henry Hwang who later did a Q & A after the screening. The whole night was a success a great kick off to the festival weekend.
White Frog is one of those films you don't want to miss and to see each character play these roles almost hits home. This was the first time I was deeply moved by a film in a long time. I believe the cast and crew really did a great job and hopefully this film gains more success later.
As the night ended I am left with much satisfaction and excitement as we head to the next few films today. Below are a couple of images I took from last nights screening. Check it out and I will see you guys later!
Alright everybody! Tonight starts the fourth annual Boston Asian American Film Festival! So stoked on how this is all going down. To introduce myself my name is Arthur Bueno and I will be doing the majority of the blogging and photographing throughout the four day event. The blog will feature the selected films (including the shorts), the filmmakers that made them, and photos of the four day period. Through the process I will attempt to provide in-depth experience of the festival and possibly some footage during the event. Tickets are still on sale so go get them before they sell out!!
Tonight’s film, White Frog, will kick us off our four day event which features actors Booboo Stewart (Twilight Saga), BD Wong (Law and Order SVU and Awake), Harry Shum Jr. (Step Up 3D and Glee), and many more. It’s a story of two brothers, Chaz and Nick, living a life of luxury and perfection. When a sudden death of Chaz tragically hits the family Nick, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to carry on the shadow of his older brother. White Frog is a story of family, friendship, love, and empowerment over the struggles we face.
Hope to see you guys there and the next few days that follow!
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The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop