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Images from AAIM Film Festival 2015

December 28, 2015 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

AAIM 2015 Festival Poster

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Click here to download 11″ x 17″ PDF of poster (2.4MB)

November 11, 2015 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

The 4th Asian Americans in Media (AAIM) Film Festival @ The Claremont Colleges (Saturday, November 14, Pitzer College)

ORGANIZED AND CURATED BY MS100 PZ (ASIAN AMERICANS IN MEDIA) STUDENTS from films shown at the 2014 and 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14
SHORTS PROGRAM I & II
2:00PM
Q116, Mosbacher/Gartrell Center for Media Experimentation & Activism
West Hall, Pitzer College

Still from Insomnia (2014) Dir. Brian Tran

Still from Insomnia (2014) Dir. Brian Tran

I. ALTERNATE REALITIES
In a highly globalized, commodified, and technological world, science fiction doubles as a possible future as well as horrific fantasy. See the investment of Asian Americans in science fiction and horror in regards to the body, memory, and self. What does it mean for Asian Americans to dream, obsess, fantasize, fear, and otherwise speculate about the future and other realms?  These shorts span a wide range of media genres, geographical locations, and historical periods.  Yet all imagine an alternate reality for Asian Americans that is outside our day-to-day lives.

THE DEVICE (2013) Dir. Conrad Lihilihi

MEMORY SCULPTOR (2013) Dir. Ken Ochiai

INSOMNIA (2014) Dir. Brian Tran

ROOM 731 (2014) Dir. Youngmin Kim

COMFORT GIRLS (2014) Dir. Eugene Lee Yang

Still from Sex, Politics, and Sticky Rice (2014) Dir. Tina Takemoto

Still from Sex, Politics, and Sticky Rice (2014) Dir. Tina Takemoto

II. RESISTANCE
My Dear Americans,
Increasing accessibility to media has enabled Asian Americans to resist systemic racism and oppression through the medium of film and video. These shorts expose the plethora of collective experiences and shared histories of Asian American communities. We see them as good examples of deconstructing stereotypes and reconstructing representation. These films depict Asian Americans addressing issues of race and stereotypes in a variety of techniques such as: satire, poetry, documentaries and many more. We hope after viewing our program, you will have a better understanding of what it means to be “Asian American”

COMFORT GIRLS (2014) Dir. Eugene Lee Yang
LONE HUNTER (2014) Dir. Pascal Leister
#BLACKPOWERYELLOWPERIL (2015) Dir. Jenifer Logia
SEX, POLITICS, AND STICKY RICE (2014) Dir. Tina Takemoto
MY DEAR AMERICANS (2013) Dir. Arpita Kumar

FESTIVAL RECEPTION
4:30PM
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

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Still from Farah Goes Bang (2013) Dir. Meera Menon

FARAH GOES BANG
(2013) Dir. Meera Menon
6:00PM
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
Election year special!  It’s 2004 and three young women are about to embark on trip of their lifetimes: a cross-country road trip from California to swing state of Ohio in order to help with John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. But politics are not the only topic on these women’s minds. Barely on the cusp of full-fledge adulthood and tasting their first true freedom from family and home, they are determined to make their experience memorable. Farah, in fact, has set upon a mission,as deeply committed as her view on social change, of finally losing her virginity. USC School of Cinematic Arts alumna Meera Menon, in an assured effort informed by classic feminist text Thelma & Louise and the popular yet controversial TV show Girls, deftly balance witty comedic dialogue with stark dramatic moments in this insightful indie film.

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All Festival screenings at Pitzer College. Festival filmmakers will be present at all screenings.

This Festival is funded in part by the support of the Endowed Fund for Media Studies, Intercollegiate Media Studies (IMS) at the Claremont Colleges.  Additional thanks to Abraham Ferrer, Visual Communications; Gena Hamamoto, UCLA Center for EthnoCommuications, and Michael Rabaja Pedro, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges.

Further inquiries, contact: Prof. Ming-Yuen S. Ma ming-yuen_ma@pitzer.edu

November 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Images from AAIM Film Festival 2012

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Post-Screening Discussion with Filmmakers and Guests: (from left) Sri Susilowati, Jeff Man, Asiroh Cham, Micki Davis, and Valerie Soe

Engaging Pasts program on Saturday, December 1, 4pm, Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College

December 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

AAIM 2012 Festival Poster

Click here to download 11″ x 17″ PDF of poster (14MB)

November 28, 2012 at 4:20 am Leave a comment

The 3rd Asian Americans in Media (AAIM) Film Festival @ The Claremont Colleges (November 30 and December 1, Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College)

ORGANIZED AND CURATED BY MS100 PZ (ASIAN AMERCIANS IN MEDIA) STUDENTS from films shown at the 2011 and 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Still from 11 24 (2011)

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30

THIS IS HOW I SAY I LOVE YOU
4:00PM
This program features a collection of short films and videos that explore the diversity of relationships within Asian American families, both traditional and non-traditional.  The works in this collection challenge and nuance traditional representations of the model minority family through the investigation of how different configurations of race, class, gender, sexuality create a myriad of complex relationships. Drawing from a wide range of Asian American experiences—first generation to second generation, Iranian to South Asian to East Asian to Filipino, upper class to working class, heterosexual to queer—these shorts investigate the diverse ways Asian American families confront their unique historically-grounded challenges, ultimately legitimizing the different ways they come to say “I love you.”

REVOLUTION (2010) Dir. Abdi Nazemian
STILL LIFE WITH (2011) Dir. Ami Patel
BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN (2012) Dir. Veena Hampapur
PLAY TIME (2011) Dir. Roxana Shih
MOTHER & CHILD (2012) Dir. Jocelyn Saddi-Lenhardt
AWAKEN (2011) Dir. Dieu Huynh
11 24 (2011) Dir. Michele Gutierrez

Still from Seeking Asian Female (2012)
Photo credit: Susan Munroe

SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE
(2012) Dir. Debbie Lum
7:00PM
Seeking Asian Female follows the story of Steven Bolstad, a twice-divorced white American in his early 60s and his 30-year-old Chinese mail order bride, Sandy Bolstad. Beginning with Steven’s search for an Asian bride and tracing the development of his unconventional relationship with Sandy, this documentary film examines the themes of global migration and intercultural relations while challenging contemporary notions of love and relationships. Seeking Asian Female offers insight into “yellow fever” while maintaining a sense of humor throughout.

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Still from Magellan Doesn’t Live Here (2012)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1

ENGAGING PASTS
4:00PM
This program features a collection of short films and videos that document Asian American histories and experiences ranging from soldiers in World War II combat to colonization and mass migration in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.  These works deploy a myriad of ways to connect the past with the present, including the excavation of a forgotten Chinese community in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the recording of intimate familial relations and community ties through photography. These works look at history through different lenses: from oral histories, to dance and movement, to Nisei re-enactment in order to create unique and compelling stories that, when woven together, become part of the diverse tapestry of the Asian American historical experience.

TO LIGHT (2011) Dir. Sheldon Chau
JOURNEY (2011) Dir. Asiroh Cham
TWO SECONDS AFTER LAUGHTER (2011) Dir. David Rousseve
ALL AMERICAN (2011) Dir. Everett Lee-Sung
MAGELLAN DOESN’T LIVE HERE (2012) Dir. Micki Davis
THE CHINESE GARDENS (2012) Dir. Valerie Soe
THAT PARTICULAR TIME (2012) Dir. Jeff Man

FESTIVAL RECEPTION
5:30PM
Room 217, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College
Come share delicious snacks and beverages with Festival filmmakers, organizers and other guests!

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Still from Two Shadows (2011)

TWO SHADOWS
(2011) Dir. Greg Cahill
7:00PM
Two Shadows tells the story of young Cambodian-American Sovanna as she searches for her long-lost brother and sister in Cambodia. Sovanna travels alone to Cambodia after receiving a cryptic letter claiming that her siblings, who disappeared during the Civil War twenty years prior, are still alive. After finding a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna encounters increasingly dangerous situations in attempts to help the girl. Sovanna struggles between maintaining her own personal safety, and showing compassion to her (possible) sister. Two Shadows explores issues of contemporary Cambodian-American experience and examines the effects of the Khmer Rouge genocide of 1975-1979 in Cambodia. Winner of the Audience Award, Cinematography Award and nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.


ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All Festival screenings at Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College. Festival filmmakers will be present at all screenings.

This Festival is funded in part by Pitzer College Campus Life Committee, Pitzer Community Engagement Center (CEC), Intercollegiate Media Studies (IMS) at the Claremont Colleges, and the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges.  Additional thanks to Abraham Ferrer and Visual Communications.

Further inquiries, contact: Prof. Ming-Yuen S. Ma ming-yuen_ma@pitzer.edu

November 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment


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