Film festival reflection (Jasmine Kim)
How did the group process work for you – are there things that you would do differently in retrospect? If so, why?
It was extremely helpful to have everyone’s different opinions and assistance. Coming back to the group from working in partners was a time that enabled for sharing of ideas and suggestions. I was so impressed with the amount of work that each team accomplished. The programs that everyone organized were interesting and succeeded in engaging the audience. In retrospect, I think I would have tried to have more conversations with the rest of the class — whether through email or me getings outside of class-time.
What did you learn from programming and organizing the Festival?
I learned how difficult and time-consuming that organizing such a big event could be. But also how rewarding it could be. I’m really glad that Prof. Ma was able to play such a large role in the planning. It is extremely difficult to get in contact with so many filmmakers and choose a date that fits in with their busy schedules. But we were able to have 4 filmmakers participate in our programs.
Did you learn something new about the subject that is different from what you learnt in the books and films we discussed in class?
I really enjoyed the shorts program, Finding Our Voices. Not only because I helped organize it, but because it addressed an array of topics that we have not mentioned in class yet. Having Tani Ikeda, the director of Wind in a Box, and Mark Villegas, director of Lyrical Empire, was enlightening. They explained the background to their films that we lacked as viewers limited to our own interpretations.
Did your views on Asian American media change during the project?
Seeing the different works by recent Asian American filmmakers was inspiring and encouraging. The voice of the API community is growing and these films were only just a sample of what we can expect to see in the future.
Were there things that did not work, or ones that worked differently from what you expected?
I realized that the Q&A session could be so much more than just a few typical questions asked and answered, squeezed into a period of 5 to 10 minutes. Directors Mark Villegas and Tani Ikeda shared conversations/comments/questions about each other’s works at the front of the stage. The audience saw an interaction between two artists who appreciated each other’s works and learned so much more about the film/topic/process than we would have without it.
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