Get a sneak peek of this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) and pick up the much-coveted festival guidebook (I'm a geek, okay? I've already got mine marked up). Hyphen's an official media sponsor, so you'll likely bump into one or two or three or four (okay, I'll stop) of us tonight and throughout the screenings.
A whopping 126 feature-length and short films will be shown March 16-26. Opening night features Eric Byler's Americanese and the festival closes with Ham Tran's Journey from the Fall. Slotted in between are plenty of exciting films and programs.
This year's spotlight honor is on the very handsome James Shigeta. I've only seen him in the Flower Drum Song, which I watched in my Asian Am film/video class a decade ago. Anyone seen his other films? (Tamlyn Tomita also deserves some sort of prize; she's in four of the films this year).
Not be missed (in my humble opinion) is the "Is Charlie Chan Dead? Asian American Men On Screen" panel, which includes a screening of The Slanted Screen, dir. Jeff Adachi (yes, as in SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi! Who knew?).
A film I'm most excited to see is Punching at the Sun, dir. Tanuj Chopra, about a NYC South Asian teen's experiences after 9/11.
There's a lot more that I've marked on my calendar already. Which ones pique your interest? How many are you planning on seeing this year? (Who are the true film fest nerds out there?)!
9:00 pm to midnight
111 Minna Gallery
$5 / free for Asian American Media members / 21+