Friday, November 11
9:15PM, MIT, 222 Memorial Drive, Building 10, Room 250 (Second Floor), Cambridge, MA
(T: Kendall Station)
Shorts program includes: The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, Angel Island Profile: Tyrus Wong, Asian American Jesus, Wear I Fit, The Bus Pass, Brides Wanted, Room #11, Lunchtime, and Mother.
Co-presented by MIT Asian American Association, MIT Inventing Our Future, Queer East, Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Channel APA.
Pot Luck Shorts: Art of Love
2010 | 7 mins | Drama
Directed by John P. Raposas
A young wife struggles to keep her family together by winning the acceptance of her deaf adoptive child.
2010 | 7 mins | Drama
Directed by ManSee Kong
When tenants of a single-room occupancy building in New York's Chinatown are forced to evacuate, a mother and daughter decide to lock themselves in their tiny, cramped room -- the only home they know.
Angel Island Profile: Tyrus Wong
2009 | 6 mins | Documentary
Directed by Jeffrey Gee Chin
Tyrus Wong, a 100 year-old retired artist, shares his journey to the United States to discover the truths about "Gold Mountain." At a young age Tyrus learned to paint and draw, when he arrived to America he studied hard to build a career out of something he loved to do. Currently, Tyrus is retired, but continues his passion by creating cards and flying homemade kites out on Santa Monica Beach.
2010 | 5 mins | Documentary
Directed by Michael Wong
Jatesh is a 20-something Indian male that must deal with his family and culture face on, in the matters of traditional arranged marriage customs. While he struggles to find a compromise with his Western upbringing, his parents are heavily pursuing the perfect future daughter in law.
My Name is Seven
2011 | 7 mins | Dance
Directed by D.B. Cheng
Seven secretly loves break dancing, but is worried that his skills are mediocre. But Seven quickly ups his game to impress Michi, a champion dancer, with a long line of suitors.
Asian American Jesus
2010 | 11 mins | Narrative
Directed by Yasmine Gomez
Meet Truth-Is-Real, self-professed 'mad scientist of the spoken word,' and the subject of college freshman Suzette Law's final project for her Ethnic Studies class, 'Performing the Diaspora: Asian Americans and the Arts.' In this hilarious and insightful mockumentary, writer-performer Samantha Chanse plays six different compelling and memorable characters exploring post-racial art, excuses for bad poetry, and the truth about dying on stage.
Wear I Fit ★★BAAFF’S Short Waves Short Video Competition Winner★★
2011 | 5 mins | Narrative
Directed by Pratna Kem
Kem’s story is about self image/self perception and how the clothes we wear become our way of conforming... or rebelling.
The Bus Pass
2010 | 4 mins | Drama
Directed by Narissa Lee
A woman sees the girl of her dreams on the train home from work. Will she dare take the plunge and ask for her number?
The Potential Wives of Norman Mao
2011 | 9 mins | Drama
Directed by Derek Nguyen
Norman Mao is an overweight, and socially-awkward man-child from Hong Kong, who at the age of 33 is still unwed. Desperate to get him married, his parents take him on an international junket across the globe to find him a worthy Chinese wife. The Maos arrive to a New York City hotel, which is their final stop on their trip and their last hope to find Norman a bride. Having hired a professional matchmaking service, the Maos meet with three matches for Norman. Will one of these women be a potential wife for Norman or is he destined to lead a terribly lonely life?