A Fond Farewell From Our Co-Founder
Dear SAAFF family and friends,
After three incredible years of running the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, it feels bittersweet to write this letter to announce that I am stepping down from my position as Co-Director of SAAFF. Two months ago, I relocated to New York City to pursue my dream of living in the Big Apple and consulting on film festivals here. Although the decision to leave Seattle was not easy, I am happy to say that Martin Tran, a long-time SAAFF supporter and community leader, will be stepping in my place as Co-Director alongside Vanessa Au. I am confident that they will continue building on the foundation Vanessa and I created at SAAFF as well as sustaining its reputation as one the premiere festivals of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. I will continue helping and advising with the festival in a reduced capacity from across the country.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Vanessa for collaborating with me on this amazing journey. The last three years have been a dream come true – from the first day we met at Café Ladro in April 2012 to map out a plan for the festival’s revival to Closing Night at our most recent program in February 2015 when we closed the curtain by selling out “Kumu Hina” and “Documented” to two packed and boisterous houses at the Northwest Film Forum. I am forever thankful of Vanessa’s partnership on this project and her loyal friendship outside of it. I also want to give a whole-hearted “Thank You” to our staff, volunteers, community partners, filmmakers, and audience for backing the festival the last three years. SAAFF can not happen without your involvement and support.
We have shown over 100 films on the big screen since our inaugural year, and have a lot more stories to tell and share with the Seattle community. SAAFF will forever be my baby and gift to this city. Although I will miss running the festival, I am extremely excited for my next adventure in the East Coast. Feel free to stay connected with me – my contact info is below.
Thank you for the memories, Seattle. I wish you all the best.