Tuesday November 8th to Sunday November 13th -- Toronto
Reel Asian Film Festival
The 15th Anniversary of Reel Asian showcases contemporary Asian cinema and
work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and
Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the US, Asia, and all over the world. As
Canada's largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for
Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for
Asian cinema in Canada. More info, schedule, and tickets here.
Wednesday November 9th -- Minneapolis
This Many Miles From Desire Book Reading
Adoptees Have Answers
(AHA), AK Connection, and The Loft invite you to an evening of
poetry featuring Lee Herrick and followed by an open mic. Herrick will be reading from his book This Many Miles from Desire. More info here.
7 to 9 pm
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Wednesday November 9th and Thursday November 10th -- NYC & Hempstead
Valor with Honor Screening
Valor with Honor is an
independent documentary film that tells the stories of Japanese American veterans
who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WWII. Q&A to follow screenings. More info here.
11/9: 6 pm
NYU Asian Pacific American Institute
19 University Place, room 101, New York
11/10: 7 pm
Hofstra University Monroe Lecture Theater
California Avenue, South Campus, Hempstead, NY
Wednesday November 9th to Sunday November 13th -- San Francisco
3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian
Film Festival (SFISAFF)
SFISAFF presents five days and 16 programs of shorts, documentaries, and
feature films from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Highlights include: a special focus on Sri Lanka
with filmmaker Asoka Handagama; eight programs featuring films by American filmmakers (four programs
showcasing Bay Area talent); and a Saturday night Bollywood event in the Castro. More info, schedule, and tickets here.
Wednesday November 9th to Tuesday November 15th -- NYC
South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF)
in its 8th year, the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) will
present the premieres of 19 new films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Nepal, and Bangladesh. This year’s line-up explores cultural taboos such as sexuality and
corruption, as well as examinations of society in South Asia from diverse
points of view. Featured as the opening night film is India’s selection for
this year’s Academy Awards®, Abu, Son of Adam (Adaminte Makan Abu). The festival will also feature a
Conversation Series with Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth and The Four
Feathers). More info, schedule and tickets here.
Institute of Technology (NYIT) Auditorium
at 62nd Street, New York
Thursday October 10th -- San Francisco
Filipino or Not?
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) will unveil the latest version of their interactive game about race in the media: Filipino or
Not? Play the free app and challenge friends while enjoying happy hour drinks,
beats, and eats. 10% of all sales
will be donated to CAAM as part of Mercury Matters. More info here.
6:30 to 8:30 pm
1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco
FREE; RSVP to malegre(at)caamedia(dot)org
Thursday October 10th -- NYC
In the Family Screening and Q&A
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has
only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. When
Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their
footing again. All In the Family has earned acclaim from critics such as the New York Times' Paul Brunick. Followed by a Q&A with director, producer, and co-star Patrick Wang. More info here.
34 West 13th St, New York
Additional showtimes: 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15pm
Call 212-777-FILM #636 or visit MOVIETICKETS.COM
Thursday November 10th to Monday November 14th -- Seattle
Insatiable! Asian American Playwright's Festival
SIS Productions presents Insatiable!, Seattle's 6th Asian American Playwrights’ Festival, a week-long festival of
play readings by local Asian American playwrights. With new works by Daniel
Arreola, Maggie Lee, May Nguyen, and Zheng Wang, the festival will feature a
diverse range of genres, from science fiction to family drama to experimental
theater. More info and full schedule here.
Prima Vera Arts Center
112 5th Ave N, 2nd Floor (Susan G. Komen Foundation Building), Seattle
$5 per reading for general admission / $8 for a 2-show pass / $12
for an all-fest pass.
Friday November 11th -- San Francisco & Elsewhere
Philanthro SF ALLiance Event
Philanthro San Francisco presents
its 2nd Annual All-City Event, ALLiance,
with all proceeds benefitting local Bay Area teachers and students
through DonorsChoose.org. Philanthro chapters in San Francisco, San Diego, Los
Angeles, Seattle, and New York will also be hosting fundraisers in their
respective cities on 11-11-11 to make an impact in the
communities they serve. Beats by DJ Zaq and an opening set by Box Cutters. More info on other locations and events here.
600 Polk Street, San Francisco
$15-$20; tickets here
Friday November 11th -- Orange, CA
Busan West Film Festival
This film festival will showcase Pan-Asian films selected directly from the
2011 Busan International Film Festival -- the largest Asian film festival in the
world -- which takes place in Busan, South Korea. The program will feature invited
directors representing the films, along with an Opening Night Gala, a
Retrospective evening after-party and a Closing Night reception, all designed
to showcase Pan-Asian culture through food, music, and décor. Includes Q & A sessions with directors and actors. More info here.
Marion Knott Studios, Chapman University
326 W. Palm St., Orange, CA
$10-100; tickets here
Friday November 11th -- NYC
Fiction and Poetry Reading with New Asian American Writers + Jessica Hagedorn
The Asian American Writers' Workshop teams up with
the NYU Creative Writing
Program's Reading Series to showcase two breakout talents in poetry and
prose. The afternoon will begin with a reading by Samuel Park, whose
debut novel, This Burns My Heart, was a Kirkus Reviews' Editor's
Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Janine Oshiro, recent winner
of the first annual Kundiman Poetry Prize, will read pieces from
her first collection, Pier. Concluding the event will be special guest Jessica Hagedorn, who was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award
from The Asian American Writers' Workshop. More info here.
2 to 4 pm
NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street, New York
Saturday November 12th -- Toronto
Whither Asian North American Media?
On Reel Asian's
15th Anniversary, they will take the opportunity to ask: "What is the future of Asian North American
media in the current global context and the ascension of Asia? Where
Asian Canadian filmmakers position themselves within this evolving
trajectory?" Panelists will weigh in to share their perspectives on the
future. With Karen Chien, Michael Fukushima, Masashi Niwano, and Ana
Serrano. Moderated by Anita Lee, National Film Board of Canada and
Co-founder of Reel Asian. More info here.
3 to 4 pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College St at Bathurst, Toronto
FREE and open to public
Saturday November 12th -- San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum Celebrates 10 Years
Celebrate the 10th
Anniversary of the CHSA Museum in their Julia Morgan-designed building with a celebratory lineup, including a Lion Dance and musical performances by Charlie Chin, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, and more. More info here.
11 am to 2 pm
Historical Society of America Museum
Clay St, San
RSVP to info(at)chsa(dot)org
Sunday November 13th -- Oakland
Kneel to You Like A Sigh Performance
The Vinapa Foundation for Cross Cultural Studies and Oakland Asian Cultural Center presents Kneel to You Like a Sigh, a collaborative dance and poetry performance. With artists Judith Kajiwara, Steve Nakano, Toshie Akiba, and more. More info here.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland
FREE; RSVP here