Asian American Film Festival
November 7—November 9, 2018 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
This three-night film festival showcases Asian American histories and experiences. Learn how producers use various platforms to spread knowledge and awareness. Additionally, the goal is to choose films/filmakers who hold multiple identities (gender, sex, ability, etc.) outside of being API in order to highlight how their intersectional identities impact the work that they do.
Q&A to follow screening; raffle prizes and giveaways; meet and greet with producers, and refreshments will be provided!
Day 1 (11/7, Wednesday) features Ken Eng and his film “My Life in China”
Kenneth Eng is a director, editor and executive producer. After graduating from Boston Latin School, Ken left for New York in 1994 to study film at the School of Visual Arts. In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My Life In China. Recently, he edited Tested for director Curtis Chin, and is currently developing projects on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda and the rise of baseball in China.
In Ken’s words “My father fled the Cultural Revolution in 1966. After risking his life to get to America, he started our family in Boston. But when his restaurant went bankrupt and my mom got sick, he began to feel like he’d failed at the American Dream.
A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?”
Day 2 (11/8, Thursday) features Adele Pham and her film “Nailed It”
Adele Free Pham is a mixed-race Vietnamese American documentary filmmaker with experience in all aspects of documentary production including editing, cinematography, and direction.
Nailed It, by Adele Pham, chronicles the genesis and 40 year legacy of the Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry. For mixed-race Vietnamese filmmaker Adele Pham, it’s personal as she confronts her conflicts with the culture and discovers a place within a trade seen by everyone but known to few.
Day 3 (11/9, Friday) features The WongFu Productions and their film “Yappie”
Wong Fu Productions is an independent digital production company founded in 2003. Since then, they’ve amassed over 3M subscribers around the world with over 500M views for their dramatic shorts and comedy sketches on YouTube.
Yappie is a comedy that explores the social and racial issues related to the contemporary Asian American experience from the perspective of and his friends who are all "yappies". Andrew is a 29-year old Chinese American. For the first time, Andrew is discovering the effects of his invisibility on the canvas of diversity and is finally realizing he wants to do something about it.