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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Short Film

From animation to horror, we showcase a diverse set of shorts that will inspire and entertain. And most of the sessions are free!


  1. ALL THE WAY

    Alli Nakamura / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    On Wednesday mornings in Salt Lake City, strikes are bowled and stories told as the "Nisei Senior Mixed" bowling league hits the freshly waxed lanes. Director Alli Nakamura scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Precedes:
    OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

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


  2. AN AMERICAN HERO: SHIRO KASHINO

    Shannon Gee / Short Film, Documentary, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Animated Documentary / 16 mins
    Based on the graphic novel FIGHTING FOR AMERICA: NISEI SOLDIERS, this inventive animated short tells the story of Shiro Kashino, a World War II Nisei veteran. Born in Seattle and a graduate of Garfield High School, Shiro would go on to join the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and become one of the most decorated soldiers of the Second World War. Director Shannon Gee scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

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


  3. BALLOT

    Hai Chin / Short Film, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 13 mins
    When the time comes to vote on California's Proposition 8, which "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry," Christine and her mother are compelled to show where they stand on the issue, and with one another.

    Precedes: IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Precedes:
    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

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


  4. BARRIO DOS: PINTADOS

    Erykah Del Mundo / Short Film, Browse All Films / USA/Philippines / 2015 / Action / 4 mins
    In the slums of Bario Dos is a shantytown controlled by a slumlord. Police officer Leo Ruiz must use his Filipino fighting style to rescue a kidnapped little girl.

    Precedes: THE REAL MIYAGI

    Precedes:
    THE REAL MIYAGI

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 3:00 pm


  5. BEACON HILL BOYS

    Ken Mochizuki, Bill Blauvelt, and Dean Hayasaka / Short Film, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 1985 / Drama / 43 mins
    The first ever dramatic film about Asian American youth, and the impetus for the first SAAFF in 1985. Set in the 1970's, in a Seattle so different yet so familiar, Dan Inagaki and his friends cruise through life after high school—adulthood looming closer than anyone would like. Director/writer/actor Ken Mochizuki scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    A LOOK BACK (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 19, 2016 4:00 pm


  6. BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA – MOVING TRAIN

    Christopher Woon / Short Film, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Music Video / 4 mins
    Studio performances meets cult classic "They Live" in the debut single from Bay Area pop-up super group BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA, comprised of Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ, acclaimed drummer/producer PC Muñoz, and award-winning rapper DEM ONE, directed by Seattle based filmmaker Christopher Woon.

    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 CAR DOCTOR PAT ABE

    Tadd Mitsui / Short Film, Documentary, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 8 mins
    Another chapter ends in the story of Chinatown International District as Japanese American mechanic Pat Abe closes his 47-year-old shop forever. Director Tadd Mitsui scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

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


  8. THE CHALLENGER

    Tran Quoc Bao / Short Film, Narrative, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Action / 8 mins
     A young Kung Fu fighter, eager to make a name for himself, challenges his hero in an underground match. Director Bao Tran and producers Al'n Duong and Brice Budke scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: THE REAL MIYAGI

    Precedes:
    THE REAL MIYAGI

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 3:00 pm


  9. CHANTHADETH

    Chanthadeth Chanthalangsy and Joseph Mills / Short Film, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 12 mins
    Chanthadeth grew up hating his name. Although he was born of Lao and Cambodian parents, he grew up with his Cambodian mother and did not connect with his Lao relatives. In this documentary, Chanthadeth explores his bicultural identity and learns the importance of acknowledging both of his cultural heritages. Director Chanthadeth Chanthalangsy and producer Joseph Mills scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

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


  10. CONVERSATION WITH DAD

    Angela Chen / Short Film, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    A series of conversations exploring family secrets.

    Precedes: MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Precedes:
    MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 11:30 am