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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Shorts


  1. GODLIKE

    Mickey Finnegan / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 26 mins
    Alex, a complex and introverted teenager with a interest in gaming, finds himself at odds with his grandmother when he receives news of his mother's passing. The two don't see eye to eye on how to handle the situation, and their relationship worsens when Alex seeks out opportunities in competitive gaming, eSports.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLAIRE

    Conrad Lihilihi / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Misc., Thriller / 5 mins
    A broken suburban couple pushes the limits of their humanity with unspeakable acts in the name and preservation of family and tradition.

  3. HOME IS WHERE THE SUNSETS

    Kayla Tong / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 8 mins
    Alison’s life in L.A. turns upside down when her family comes to visit from Hong Kong for the very first time. Stuffed into her cramped apartment, Alison finds beauty and heartache in the smallest of moments.

    Precedes: NEVER FORGET


  4. I HATE BIG PHONY

    Milton Liu / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 33 mins
    For 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?

  5. I WON’T MISS YOU

    Joy Regullano, Bernard Badion / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 20 mins
    Just another romantic comedy about a girl and her dead best friend. Who's back.

  6. MASSIVE MONKEES: THE BEACON

    Shannon Gee / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 30 mins
    The Massive Monkees crew started in the mid-90s as a group of kids bonding around a love of hip-hop and dance at a local rec center. After winning world championships and achieving many other accolades in the bboy community, the crew now runs their own studio, The Beacon, in the heart of Seattle, where they teach, mentor, and inspire people of all ages.

  7. MASTER OF THE SKY: THE LIFE AND ART OF SAM KOJI HALE

    Sumiko Braun / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 11 mins
    A 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.

  8. MEH’S TAMMAKHOUNG

    Tiphasan Toeung / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 11 mins
    A young man grows closer to his grandma through her papaya salad recipe.

  9. MS. BULA BANERJEE

    Rakesh Baruah / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 12 mins
    A quiet librarian takes a stand when a corporate consultant shows up to modernize the business.

    Precedes: CHEE AND T


  10. NOT JUST GARDENING…

    Cathy Uchida / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 25 mins
    A 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.