Vanishing Seattle Films: Chinatown-International District - Bush Garden
Directed by Ellison Shieh, Christopher Woon-Chen, and Martin Tran
Documentary | 13 mins | USA | English
Japanese restaurant. Birthplace of American karaoke. Gathering place for community advocates. This is the story of the iconic Bush Garden, yet another possible victim of gentrification and displacement.
Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet
Directed by Janet Chen
Documentary | 15 min | USA | New England Premiere
As Los Angeles Chinatown’s Phoenix Bakery celebrates its 80th anniversary, three multicultural generations of the Chan family explore their legacy and contemplate the bakery's future in the community.
Director's Bio - Janet Chen:
Janet Chen is a filmmaker, producer and educator. She has worked at Visual Communications and UC Irvine. Janet is currently the Assistant Director for the UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications in Asian American Studies where she co-teaches documentary courses with filmmaker and professor Renee Tajima-Peña. She also creates films and multimedia projects, including Building History 3.0, Collective Memories and Translate COVID-19 videos. She is a leadership team member for A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network), a national and transnational network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field and a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. To see her work, visit www.janetchenfilm.com
Directed by Jon Osaki
Documentary | 30 mins | USA | English
Black and Asian Americans explore the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States - the inequities that persists, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America.
Advisory: Age 13+. Graphic images of slavery.
Director's Bio - Jon Osaki:
Jon Osaki is an emerging filmmaker who has directed and produced promotional, educational, narrative, and documentary films. His initial interest in film grew from his desire to share the stories of the Japanese Community Youth Council, where he has served as Executive Director since 1996. Over the past few years, he has had films screened at film festivals and community events across the country. As a filmmaker, Jon views this genre as the next step in his lifelong pursuit of social justice and equity.
Between Two Worlds
Directed by Jax Weiner
Documentary | 8 min | USA | English
Amateur dancers from the South Asian diaspora team up to form Junoon Performing Arts, a dance company that addresses social issues including terrorism, homophobia and domestic violence.
Advisory: Age 13+. Domestic violence sub-theme.
Directed by Kayleb Lee
Drama | 15 min | USA | English/Lao
A combat veteran faces his traumas while attempting to reconcile the relationship with his father, a former child soldier of the Vietnam War, through therapy and family.
Advisory: Age 13+. Strong language.
Director's Bio - Kayleb Lee:
Kayleb Lee is an independent American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s produced six award-winning short films, including three he's directed and edited. Kayleb currently freelance for international brands, independent projects, and in his free time develops artistic works.
Directed by Betsy Tsai
Documentary | 14 min | USA | English/Chinese
A brief glimpse into how a immigrant family remains comfortably estranged and elusive of its history. The "why" might have gotten lost along the way.
Director's Bio - Betsy Tsai:
Betsy Tsai is a filmmaker. She recently produced Confucian Dream (Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary 2019; Best Documentary, Chinese Academy Awards of Documentary Film 2019) and is a co-producer with Walking Iris Media, known for films such as Our Time Machine (Tribeca 2019).
An Uninterrupted View of the Sea
Directed by Mika Yatsuhashi
Experimental | 15 min | Canada | English
A Japanese American filmmaker tells the story of her family’s struggle to prove their American identities during World War II and the impact of her American identity today.
Advisory: Age 13+. Mature content - violence.
Director's Bio - Mika Yatsuhashi:
Mika Yatsuhashi grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She moved to Montreal in 2017 to attend the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, where she will begin her fourth and final year in Fall 2020. She has a passion for exploring documentary film and American identity.
In the Shadow of the Pines
Directed by Anne Koizumi
Animated | 8 min | Canada | English/Japanese
Drawing on childhood memories, the filmmaker, explores her difficult relationship with her Japanese immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at her elementary school. The film explores the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while also concealing who we can truly become.
Advisory: Age 13+. Death themes.
Director's Bio - Anne Koizumi:
Anne Koizumi completed her undergraduate studies in Film Production at the University of British Columbia and her master’s in film production at York University in 2011. Anne has taught stop-motion animation workshops at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hospitals and Community Centres throughout Toronto, Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta and is currently media arts educator at the National Film Board of Canada.