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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Narrative

Masterful storytellers are found across the country and SAAFF is excited to share their work with Seattle.


  1. IN SEARCH OF AMERICA, INSHALLAH

    Danish Renzu / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Drama / 25 mins
    A dependent Pakistani housewife comes to America to find her husband, but instead is forced to find her emancipation. Director Danish Renzu scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    WHO YOU CALLING SHORTS? (FREE)

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


  2. KIN

    Deborah Kim and Jacobi Hollingshed / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 20 mins
    Soon after he turns 16, Jake's African American mother sends him to Korea in hopes that he will learn more about his "other" culture and finally meet his Korean father. Five years later, Jake still remains confused about his identity, relationship with his father, and struggles with feeling isolated in the homogenous society of Korea. Director Deborah Kim and director/actor Jacobi Hollingshed scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    WHO YOU CALLING SHORTS? (FREE)

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


  3. OUR PLACE IN THE SKY

    Yoko Okumura / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Experimental / 4 mins
    Starla knows a place where pigtails are on animals and schoolgirls are educated. A visually inventive slam poetry film that pulls back the curtain on fetishization.

    Precedes: ADVANTAGEOUS

    Precedes:
    ADVANTAGEOUS

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


  4. PAPER WRAP FIRE

    Raymond Yeung / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Drama / 13 mins
    A Chinese teenager is left waiting in a community center while his single mother goes to work. His curious mind leads him to a discovery he will not soon forget.
    Plays In:
    WHO YOU CALLING SHORTS? (FREE)

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


  5. PLAYDATE

    Ian Macdonald / Short Film, Narrative, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / Canada / 2015 / Drama / 12 mins
    Regretful of their estrangement since high school, Fran initiates a meetup with Bart at their childhood playground. Dressed in their prom outfits, Fran rails against life's changes, as Bart struggles to understand the game she is playing.
    Plays In:
    WHO YOU CALLING SHORTS? (FREE)

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


  6. SENDAI ERA – DOWNFALL 

    Sam Lingle / Short Film, Narrative, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Music Video / 3 mins
    The debut music video from Seattle hip hop group SENDAI ERA. Artist Mike Thielk scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    Precedes:
    DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 8:30 pm


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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