Potluck Shorts: Passion & Courage
Sunday, November 13
1:00PM, MIT, 222 Memorial Drive, Building 10, Room 250 (Second Floor), Cambridge, MA
(T: Kendall Station)
The film program presents a collection of ten evocative shorts that explore themes of perseverance, heart, and ambition. Shorts program includes: Fatakra, A Tree Falls in Forest, Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, Boys and Girls, The First Draft of Yao Ming's Retirement Speech, Memory of Forgotten War, My Name is Seven, N as in Name: Danh Nguyen, Rehearsing the Future, and Top Spin.
Co-presented by MIT Asian American Association, MIT Inventing Our Future, Queer East, and Boston LGBT Film Festival.
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Potluck Shorts: Passion and Courage
2010 | 4 mins | Documentary
Directed by Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
Ariel Hsing exudes a quiet confidence and intensity that rivals any young professional athlete working hard to become an Olympic champion. Top Spin goes beyond her personal dedication and also reveals the family sacrifices that foster her talent as one of the best junior table tennis champions in the U.S.
Rehearsing the Future
2009 | 4 mins | Documentary
Directed by Liang-Shun Lim
Shin Lim takes the non-traditional Asian path of pursuing the performing arts. He imagines what his future as an entertainer will be and that includes lots of practice!
A Tree Falls in the Forest
2010 | 8 mins | Documentary
Directed by Bao Nguyen
Told through the voices of three subjects who experienced the tragedy firsthand, A Tree Falls in the Forest is a visual meditation about the impact of September 11th on New York City's Chinatown.
Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
2010 | 2 mins | Animation
Directed by Shaun Kim
Chicks just hatching out from eggs get a spotlight from the world. They celebrate this warm and happy moment together with dancing ballet together.
First Draft of Yao Ming’s Retirement Speech
2011 | 5 mins | Spoken Word
Directed by David Kong, Junshien Lau, Giles Li
International basketball star, Yao Ming, retired this summer after nine seasons in the NBA. This is the farewell message he might have given if his closest advisers were spoken word performers.
Boys and Girls
2010| 4 mins | Drama
Directed by Chris Tipton-King
Nerves abound, Keith and Marion primp, shave, and rehearse for some hot first dates.
2010 | 7 mins | Drama
Directed by Keo Woolford
After finding himself bullied on the playground once again, fifth grader Henry decides to spend lunch with his former kindergarten teacher, Mr. Loh.
Memory of Forgotten War
2011 | 10 mins | Documentary
Directed by Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem
The Korean War (1950-1953) was devastating. It pitted the United States, South Korea, and 16 other countries against North Korea and China. A mere three years of fighting left 3 million civilians and nearly 1.5 million dead, decimated Korea's natural and social infrastructure, and divided the nation separating 10 million Koreans from family members for over a half century. But the war never ended. It remains stalemated in a military armistice agreement. Memory of Forgotten War tells this story through the lives of 4 Korean Americans who harbor the war past and its legacies to this day.
N as in Name
2011 | 5 mins | Documentary
Directed by Emma Pimthida Tiemchaiyapum
“N as in Name: Danh Nguyen” is a short documentary that discusses the experiences of being Asian American, through a simple self-identification as a name.
2011 | 19 mins | Drama
Directed by Soham Mehta
Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Today, three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. Sparks fly as a family reunites.