For the first time in many years, I will not be attending nor volunteering for the
Asian American International Film Festival (
http://aaiff.org/2008/). But as the opening date will be tomorrow, I do miss the chance to attend this great film festival in New York, and hanging out with old friends and meeting new friends. There are many good film that I want to see this year, so hope I will get to check these out some other time.
Here's a small selection of films that I recommend. Many of these filmmakers/actors are on this site. A few are good friends or collaborators of mind. I'm sure there are other friends that I missed here, but good luck to them all. If you're near NY, try to go and support.
This was a film that I had read the scrīpt for pre-production and had a chance to know the two lawyers/directors back in New York. Two great guys juggling two different professions, and make their film with lots of heart and sweat. Much respect goes out to them!
Directed by: Steve Hahn
U.S. 2007 | 105 min | Color Video | Cantonese English w/ E.S.
Roger 'Fanman' Fan in the cast and produced by some of the guys who worked on Better Luck Tomorrow, this film looks really interesting. These guys also participated in last year's 72 hr shoot out and made out w/ the top prize. Again, respect!
Directed by: Jessica Yu
U.S. 2007 | 96 min | Color 35mm | English Mandarin w/ E.S.
I was actually one of the producers of this film at the early stages. This is done by a frequent colleborator of mine, Brian Chamberlain. He directed this along with editor Sean Tarojo, Claro de los Reyes, Heidi Kim and Leon Le.Through the year, it had taken on different forms and shapes. It was very nicely shot, and captures Chinatown NY, and the immigrant life in a very unique way.
Directed by: Brian Chamberlain
U.S. 2008 | 14 min | B/W Video | English Mandarin Vietnamese w/ E.S.
I met Wing Wee just before I left NY through my friend
Jae-Ho Chang. Shared a nice meal of dumpling on 32nd street... ah I miss the food in NY K-town. I wish I could've seen this too. I wonder what this HK native had come up with for this short?
Directed by: Wing-Yee Wu
U.S. 2007 | 14 min | Color Video | Croatian English w/ E.S.
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