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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

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See what our entire festival weekend has to offer!


  1. A SUITCASE IN ONE HAND — A PAINTBOX IN THE OTHER

    Michi Tanioka / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    The story of artist Kunio Tatsui's life interrupted and found again.

    Precedes: THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Precedes:
    THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 12:00 pm


  2. THE PURPLE ONION

    Matt Szymanowski / Feature, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Dark Comedy / 75 mins
    Inspired by the standup acts of real-life Chinese American comedian Edwin Li, a young man in San Francisco spirals downward into disappointment until he finds solace from an unexpected source. Director Matt Szymanowski, actor/writer Edwin Li, and actor Noreen Lee scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: HELLA MAN MAN

    THE PURPLE ONION

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 2:30 pm


  3. TO DIE OR TO DREAM

    Peilin Kuo / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Experimental / 3 mins
    Chinese American actress Anna May Wong is caught in a dark alternate celluloid reality. She relives her cinematic past over and over while deciding how she wants to be portrayed as an actress and a person. Director Peilin Kuo scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: ADVANTAGEOUS

    Precedes:
    ADVANTAGEOUS

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 6:00 pm


  4. OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Mina T. Son and Sara Newens / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 80 mins
    Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams. Directors Mina T. Son and Sara Newens scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: ALL THE WAY

    OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 19, 2016 7:00 pm


  5. TOUCH

    Brian Hutson / Short Film, Narrative, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2013 / Drama / 8 mins
    What happens when we are forced to choose between a career that defines us, or the people who mean the most to us? A detective, plagued by financial hardship, is following a check fraud case where he must face a crippling discovery. Director Brian Hutson scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    WHO YOU CALLING SHORTS? (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 11:30 am


  6. TRANS*PARENT

    Bish Paul / By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 15 mins
    Sasha is a queer, gender non-conforming, South Asian child of immigrants. Can Sasha create their own community where they feel accepted and chosen? Is transparency always the best policy when trying to reconcile your needs with those of your parents and their traditions? Director Bish Paul scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Precedes:
    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 5:30 pm


  7. VENOM THERAPY

    Steven Murashige / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 17 mins
    A young family struggles with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis to Clara, wife and mother. After hearing of a miraculous healing treatment for MS sufferers, they begin administering multiple bee stings to Clara on a daily basis - totaling more than 3,000 over the course of a year. The story chronicles the family's journey with the treatment and the unexpected results it produces.
    Plays In:
    OHANA MEANS… (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 5:30 pm


  8. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MT MANZO NAGANO?

    George Takaki / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    Three young men struggle to make the first ever ascent of wild and rugged Mount Manzo Nagano, named in honor of their great-grandfather, the first Japanese immigrant to Canada. Director George Takaki scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 2:30 pm


  9. YAKUZA NO. 2

    Susumu Kimura / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Comedy / 5 mins
    A recently-retired yakuza plans to start a new life with his girlfriend. But when the truth of his situation comes out, it reveals more about himself than he ever imagined. Director/writer Susumu Kimura scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: CRUSH THE SKULL

    Precedes:
    CRUSH THE SKULL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 9:00 pm