PORTRAITS OF US (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM)
A collection of short biographic films about Asian Americans. This program is free and seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
In This Program
Rick Quan / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 25 minsNinety-nine-year-old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. She began as a child after a vaudeville theater manager noticed her dancing in front of her parent's restaurant. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history. Known for dancing on her toes, she developed a unique, athletic style of performing. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. They were also the first Asian Americans to dance at the London Palladium. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi, continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were all sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. From the 1960's to the mid 70's, Dorothy managed and performed with her Oriental Playgirl Revue, which traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home, where she taught hundreds of children how to dance.
Milton Liu / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 33 minsFor all intents and purposes, 2015 was seemingly a banner year for Korean American singer/songwriter Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony). His melodic and quiet songs had garnered him a following as he performs at SXSW while also starring in his first feature film. However, returning back to the States from living abroad in S. Korea, he wonders, has he made the right decisions in life? Is he his own worst enemy?
Sumiko Braun / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 11 minsA compelling portrait of an inspiring and innovative artist transcending the boundaries of puppetry and filmmaking. With his epic mythological storytelling, distinct mixed Japanese American aesthetic, and unique blend of live action tabletop puppetry and CGI animation, Sam Koji Hale leads a new generation of puppeteers who embrace film as he brings to fruition his vision and first feature YAMASONG: MARCH OF THE HOLLOWS But such hybrid innovation came as a result of alienation. As a mixed race Japanese American growing up in Kansas, Sam felt different. The arts are what allowed him to overcome the pain and isolation of living in-between races, cultures, and identities. With the ever growing multiracial population in the United States, Sam's story is one of many to be told and embraced.
Cathy Uchida / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 25 minsA short documentary about the Japanese Americans who, upon returning from the internment camps, found no one willing to hire them. Due to their resourcefulness, they made their mark as dutiful and caring gardeners.
Jeff Fuchs / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 12 minsA short documentary about Anna He and her company Seattle Cosplay. Learn about her background while watching her newest cosplay creation come to life in preparation for PAX West.