Shorts Program III
Sunday, October 26, 3:00PM
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston
(T: Boylston or Downtown Crossing)
My Revolutionary Mother (Jethro Patalinghug)
My Name is Asiroh (Dir. Asiroh Cham)
More than a Face in the Crowd (Dir. Samantha Chan)
Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future (Dir. Albert A. Chan)
M A R K E D (Dir. Maya Yu Zhang, Caileigh Feldman)
More Than a Face in the Crowd
23 mins | Documentary
Directed by Samantha Chan
A filmmaker explores the life of her great-aunt, Jane Chung, an actress who made a career for herself at a time when Asian Americans faced widespread racism in Hollywood. Working mostly in small parts and as an extra, Jane’s fifty-year career reflects many of the struggles and triumphs of the Asian Americans working in the entertainment industry. Jane had parts in over fifty films and TV shows including Chinatown, When Harry Met Sally, M*A*S*H and I Love Lucy, but much of her work is uncredited. The filmmaker's journey to uncover Jane’s many film and TV roles brings together voices from multiple generations of her family, as she seeks out those who remember Jane best. Through the story of Jane Chung’s life and career, "More Than a Face in the Crowd" reveals a larger untold story of Asian American actors and extras in Hollywood.
My Name is Asiroh
5 mins | Drama
Directed by Asiroh Cham
A young girl named Asiroh is being bullied in school about her unusual name and wants to change it. Her father tells her about their indigenous roots as descendants of the Champa Kingdom and his harrowing escape from the Khmer Rouge. As he recounts this story, the girl’s imagination brings the journey to life through her stuffed animals.
Descendants of the Past,
2014 | 6 mins | Fantasy
Directed by Maya Yu Zhang and Caillegh Feldman
Inspired by the painful, childhood memory of having her beauty mark removed, Maya embarks on a exploration to unveil the myths and obsessions that surround beauty marks in Chinese culture. Through her quest for discovery, she invites the audience to re-evaluate their own definitions of beauty. M A R K E D shows the personal story of one woman struggling to navigate the conflicting cultural definitions of what it means to be beautiful.