IMAGE MOVERS: Film Festival
Asian American Studies Center 50th Anniversary

This year marks the UCLA Asian American Studies Center's 50th anniversary. To continue our series of celebratory events, we are excited to host Image Movers, a three-weekend film festival featuring powerful imagery and poignant commentary about some of the most meaningful issues facing our AAPI communities. Each program features films organized around central themes. After each screening, audiences will hear from Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and actors speaking to their creative journeys, as well as from scholars, artists, and community leaders on the meaning of these themes in today's world.


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact lgadia@aasc.ucla.edu.



Presented by UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Center for Ethnocommunications, Film and Television Archive, Melnitz Movies. In collaboration with Visual Communications, Film Quarterly, and UCLA Asian American Studies Department.




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FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

WEEKEND 1: March 6-8   

WEEKEND 2: March 13-15 

WEEKEND 3: March 20-21

VENUES: Billy Wilder Theater (UCLA FTV Archive), James Bridges Theater


 WEEKEND 1

Friday, March 6 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Billy Wilder Theater

AAPI ACTIVISM + DOCUMENTING THE COMMUNITY

PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series: "Episode 4: Generation Rising" (2020) by Grace Lee preceded by "Pilgrimage" (2003) by Tadashi Nakamura

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A + Reception (info forthcoming)

 

IN PERSON: Episode producer Grace Lee, series producer Renee Tajima-Peña, director Tadashi Nakamura, scholar and librarian Florante Ibanez.
All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series: "Episode 4: Generation Rising" (2020)

This opening program centers on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activism and documenting the community. It features a sneak preview of an episode from PBS' upcoming Asian Americans, a groundbreaking public television five-part series, set to premiere in May 2020.

 

The series examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. A rich array of archival footage, oral histories and interviews, and current news research presents a multi-faceted perspective on how the Asian American experience has been predominantly shaped by the long-term, community-focused work in equity and inclusion for accurate media representation, social and economic mobility, and human rights for all.

 

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña, Asian Americans examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the 20th century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

 

Asian Americans is a production of WETA Washington, D.C. and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for PBS, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Flash Cuts and Tajima-Peña Productions.

 

DCP, b/w & color, in English, 60 min. Episode Producer: Grace Lee. Episode producers: S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir, Grace Lee. Executive producer: Jeff Bieber, Dalton Delan for WETA; Stephen Gong, Donald Young for CAAM; Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS; Jean Tsien. Series producer: Renee Tajima-Peña. Producer for Flash Cuts: Eurie Chung.

 

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Pilgrimage (2003)

"Pilgrimage" tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities.

DCP, color, in English, 34 mins. Director: Tadashi Nakamura. Producers: Karen L. Ishizuka and Tadashi Nakamura. Executive Producer: Robert A. Nakamura and UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications.

 

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Saturday, March 7 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | James Bridges Theater

IMMIGRATION + XENOPHOBIA

PUNCHING AT THE SUN (2006) by Tanuj Chopra preceded by "The Seattle Underground Railroad" (2006) or "Lost and Found"(2007) by Tam Tran and "Missing Piece Project" (2018) by Daniel Luu

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: TBA

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

PUNCHING AT THE SUN (2006)

This underrated American indie follows a Queens teen as he navigates high school, the basketball court, and life after losing his beloved older brother to an unexpected act of violence. Reminiscent of an early Spike Lee joint, this South Asian slice of life story subtlety registers the ongoing negotiations of identity, microaggressions, and enemy alien status faced by many AAPIs who look a certain way or worship a different higher power.

 

DCP, color, in English and Urdu, 77 min. Director and Producer: Tanuj Chopra. Screenwriters: Tanuj Chopra and Hart Eddy. Cast: Misu Khan, Nina Edmonds, Hassan El-Gendi.

 

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"The Seattle Underground Railroad" (2006)

A group of UCLA immigrant students take an unconventional road trip during Winter Break to Washington State to get their driver's licenses.

 

Digital, color, in English, 8 min. Director and Producer: Tam Tran. Executive Producer: UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications.

 

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"Lost and Found" (2007)

An undocumented student shares her struggles being part of the DREAM Act.

 

Digital, color, in English, 5 min. Director and Producer: Tam Tran. Executive Producer: Visual Communications.

 

Special Note on Tam Tran: A beloved UCLA student specializing in Asian American Studies, an emerging filmmaker developing her storytelling at the Center for Ethnocommunications, and a good friend of Visual Communications, Tam Tran was part of the first group of undocumented students to attend college and enter graduate school. As a role model for a new generation of community leaders and activists, she testified in Congress for the passage of the DREAM Act. Growing up in Southern California as a Vietnamese-American in a working class immigrant family, she was “undocumented and unafraid” and risked disclosing her status to inspire others to come forth and fight for their rights. Tran was tragically killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in 2010. We celebrate her courage and legacy here.

 

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"The Missing Piece Project" (2018)

A short film that focuses on the unrepresented voices of the Southeast Asians that were affected by the Vietnam war. The Missing Piece project centers Southeast Asian experiences through a collective dedication at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

 

Digital, color, in English, 10 min. Director and Producer: Daniel Luu. Executive Producer: UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications.

 

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Saturday, March 7 | 7:30pm - 11:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

JUSTICE SYSTEM + RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

BETTER LUCK TOMORROW by Justin Lin (Restorative Justice & Justice System) preceded by "Fighting for Family" (2019) by Lan Nguyen

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: Justin Lin, Kirn Kim, erin Khue Ninh (moderator)

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (2003)

Voted the #1 best Asian American film of the last 20 years in a recent L.A. Times poll, this Sundance trailblazer called attention to a burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) independent cinema and a coterie of filmmakers making work about their lives and experiences as children of immigrants in a land that still saw them as perpetual foreigners. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alumnus Justin Lin's work broke the mold by presenting a less-than-perfect model minority youth combating both racism and their own skewed vision of themselves created by years of stereotypical media representation recycled in Hollywood and mainstream Western popular culture. We revisit this contemporary classic through a restorative justice framework with a panel of UCLA scholars, activists and special guests.

 

35mm, color, in English, 101 min. Director: Justin Lin. Screenwriters: Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez. Cast: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang.

 

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FIGHTING FOR FAMILY (2019)

Fighting For Family tells the story of a family separated by deportation and incarceration, and their fight for reunification.

 

Digital, color, 35 min. Director: Lan Nguyen.

 

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Saturday, March 7 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | James Bridges Theater

AAPI CULT/HORROR CINEMA

AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS by Stephen Dypiangco, Patrick Epino preceded by "The Collector" (2018) by Linh Ngau, Michelle Shin, Mitchell Zia, "Mama Pingpong Social Club" (2018) by Shiang-An Chuang, "Secret Lives of Asians at Night" (2019) by Keff

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: filmmaker/actor Patrick Epino, filmmaker/actor Stephen Dypiangco, screenwriter Milton Liu and actor Dante Basco.
All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS (2014)

Hiyah, gweilos! It's all of us Asian and Asian American actors who embodied the mysterious "Orient" coming back to haunt you in this loving send-up of Hollywood's penchant for casting us as foreign baddies, evil henchmen, or exotic sidekicks for your white male heroes. Dypiangco and Epino co-star and co-direct a who's who of '70s and '80s Asian American actors in the ultimate A-Team scenario to celebrate their contributions to the genre.

 

DCP, color, English, 50 min. Director: Stephen Dypiangco, Patrick Epino. Screenwriters: Milton Liu. Cast: Stephen Dypiango, Patrick Epino, Tamlyn Tomita, Dante Basco, Yuji Okumoto, Randall Park, Al Leong, George Cheung.

 

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THE COLLECTOR (2018)

A UCLA student recounts a traumatic experience that caused her close friend to be declared missing.

 

Digital, color, English, 3 min. Director: Linh Ngau, Michelle Shin, Mitchell Zia. Screenwriters: Linh Ngau, Michelle Shin, Mitchell Zia. Cast: Linh Ngau, Michelle Shin, Mitchell Zia.

 

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MAMA PINGPONG CLUB (2018)

A lonely middle-aged woman joins an old schoolmate in a pingpong club for moms that is more sinister than it seems.

Digital, color, in English and Mandarin, 26 min. Director: Shiang-An Chuang. Screenwriters: Shiang-An Chuang. Cast: Chuan Wang, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Yuu Chen.

 

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SECRET LIFE OF ASIANS AT NIGHT (2019)

In the shadows of New York, the city's restless Asian youth navigate racial tension, bizarre scenarios... and each other.


Digital, color, in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, 18 min. Director: Keff. Screenwriters: Keff. Cast: Lyrica Okano, Rob Chen, Jae Shin.

 

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Sunday, March 8 | 2:00pm - 4:15pm | James Bridges Theater

MENTAL HEALTH + SELF-CARE

WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Kristina Wong preceded by "Muscles and Mascara" (2017) by Michael Chang, Tiffany Wong, Ryan Rodriguez, Janelle Sangalang and "hiya" (2018) by Arielle Bagood and selected webisodes of "Radical Cram School, season two" by Kristina Wong

 

Screening + Short Performance + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: performance artist, comedian, activist and elected representative Kristina Wong

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (2011)

The Big Bad Chinese Mama is back! One of UCLA centennial's "Our Stories, Our Impact" featured alumni, actor, comedienne, and performance artist Kristina Wong writes and stars in this one woman's concert film (based on her 2006 stage show) that riffs off and rips apart the white man machismo of its namesake through its thoughtful and hilarious examination of mental health, depression, and trauma from a decidedly AAPI female perspective.

 

DCP, color, English, 90 min. Director: Kristina Wong. Screenwriters: Kristina Wong. Cast: Kristina Wong.

 

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MUSCLES AND MASCARA (2017)

Cynthia Leu recounts how powerlifting helps her body image and mental health and how she uses it to inspire others through social media.

 

Digital, color, English, 6 min. Director: Michael Chang, Tiffany Wong, Ryan Rodriguez, Janelle Sangalang.

 

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HIYA (2018)

Discussion of the Filipinx concept of hiya, as it relates to issues of mental health and the LGBTQ experience.

 

Digital, color, English, 9 min. Director: Arielle Bagood.

 

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"Radical Cram School, season two" webisodes

An unscripted web series that empowers Asian American kids and all kids of color to embrace their identities, fight for social justice, and be the revolution.

 

Digital, color, English, 3 min — 6 min. Series Creator: Kristina Wong.



 WEEKEND 2

Friday, March 13 | 7:30pm - 11:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

AAPI LGBTQ+

SAVING FACING by Alice Wu and "Now Apocalypse, Episode 1: This is the Beginning of the End" (Starz, 3/10/2019) by Gregg Araki preceded by "The Weight Off My Chest" (2017) by Emory Johnson

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: TBA
All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

SAVING FACE (2004)

Director Alice Wu's trailblazing feature debut—a heartwarming, lesbian romantic comedy between two Asian American women—followed on the heels of the whirlwind success of Better Luck Tomorrow and its wry observations about Asian masculinity and brotherhood. Both circulated the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) film festival circuit garnering momentum for breaking away from mainstream media stereotypes. At the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presented by Visual Communications, they helped to launch the careers of its directors and casts. More than 15 years later, both indie films have not only survived the test of time, but continue to make many top film lists including the recent Los AngelesTimes poll of the best 20 Asian American films of the last 20 years.

 

However, Wu's progressive, normative depiction of queer female romance clashing against a Chinese immigrant context always gets overshadowed by the former's broader genre appeal. The budding romance of surgeon Wil (Michelle Krusiec) and dancer Vivian (Lynn Chen) finds a powerful counterpoint in Joan Chen's ostracized mother character, who can keep a secret as well. Helping to cement Asian American cinema as an independent cinema of critical and commercial merit, Wu (who is about to unveil the Netflix series, The Half Of It) and her well-rounded characters deserve our time of day more than ever.

 

35mm, color, English and Mandarin, 91 min. Director: Alice Wu. Screenwriter: Alice Wu. Cast: Michelle Krusiec, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen.

 

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NOW APOCALYPSE, EPISODE 1: "THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END" (STARZ, 3/10/2019)

One of New Queer Cinema's key auteurs, Gregg Araki unleashed this surrealistic Starz television series barely a year ago. Its recent cancellation after only one season caught our attention because the series' premise of a close-knit group of sexually fluid millennials living in image-conscious and performative L.A. navigating love, sex and fame in the 21st century speaks a certain truth to a broader demographic than its intended target audience.

 

Digital, color, English, 29 min. Director: Gregg Araki. Screenwriter: Gregg Araki, Karley Sciortino. Cast: Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff.

 

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THE WEIGHT OFF MY CHEST (2017)

College student and Star Wars fan Jesse undergoes gender-affirming top surgery during their first year in college which opens them up to further explore the gender spectrum.

 

Digital, color, English, 12 min. Director: Emory Johnson.

 

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SAT MARCH 14 | 2:00pm - 4:45pm | James Bridges Theater

CREATING (ART, MUSIC and DANCE)

BAD RAP by Salima Koroma preceded by "Master of the Sky" (2015) by Sumiko Braun, "Step-In: Asia American Urban Dance Communities" (2019) by Jeana Cho, Jasmin Han, Jenny Tan, "Across the Yumiverse" (2017) by Kady Le, "Queering Movements" (2019) by Ceci Sheng, Rino Kodama, Yen Dinh, "Cultural Collage" (2018) by 'Inoke Hafoka, "Roots and Shoots" (2017) by Daniel Luu, Leann Pham, "Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ" (2019) by Yen Dinh.

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: : filmmaker Salima Koroma, music artist Rekstizzy and additional panelists to be announced on film festival website.
All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

BAD RAP (2016)

Beyond the ubiquitous phenomenon of K-Pop and its infiltration into Western popular culture, we don't typically see many Asian faces nor hear Asian voices represented in the Western music industries. Koroma's documentary fills in the gaps by peering into the rich lives and musings of AAPI hip-hop artists and musicians Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead, Lyricks, and Rekstizzy, who all drop knowledge and share their respective, artistic journeys against all odds.

 

DCP, color, English, 82 min. Director: Salima Koroma. Screenwriters: Salima Koroma. Cast: Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead, Lyricks, Rekstizzy.

 

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MASTER OF THE SKY (2015)

A 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.

 

Digital, color, English, 10 min. Director: Sumiko Braun.

 

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STEP-IN: ASIAN AMERICAN URBAN DANCE COMMUNITIES (2019)

Step into Asian American college dance group communities.

 

Digital, color, English, 6 min. Director: Jeana Cho, Jasmin Han, Jenny Tan.

 

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ACROSS THE YUMIVERSE (2017)

Yumi Sakugawa is a multimedia artist and spiritualist based in Los Angeles, California. This film explores her process of creativity and sources of inspiration.

 

Digital, color, English, 7 min. Director: Kady Le.

 

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QUEERING MOVEMENTS (2019)

Spun finds a space to honor their queer bodies through dance.

 

Digital, color, English, 6 min. Director: Ceci Sheng, Rino Kodama, Yen Dinh.

 

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CULTURAL COLLAGE (2018)

A mixed race Polynesian American talks about being a mother and an artist.

 

Digital, color, English, 6 min. Director: 'Inoke Hafoka.

 

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ROOTS AND SHOOTS (2017)

The Khmer Arts Academy carries on Cambodian cultural dance and artistic traditions.

 

Digital, color, English, 3 min. Director: Daniel Luu, Leann Pham.

 

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Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ (2019)

Yen and their immigrant parents use the Vietnamese language and V-Pop music to preserve their ethnic identities despite intergenerational differences.

 

Digital, color, English and Vietnamese, 8 min. Director: Yen Dinh.

 

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SAT MARCH 14 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Billy Wilder Theater

FILM QUARTERLY PANEL: ASIAN AMERICAN FILM AND MEDIA: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

Film Quarterly celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center and Visual Communications with a special dossier co-edited with scholar and curator Brian Hu. Hu and FQ's B. Ruby Rich moderate this panel with FQ dossier contributors to consider the importance of marking this anniversary through analysis and history. The ongoing legacy of that origin moment fifty years ago continues to resonate, ever since its original explosion of Asian-American creators and on-screen visibility first changed the nature of self-representation within independent media and mainstream culture.


Speakers: Lan Duong (USC), Josslyn Luckett (NYU), Melissa Phruksachart (Michigan), Viola Lasmana (USC), Oliver Wang (Cal State Long Beach) with moderators Brian Hu and B. Ruby Rich



SAT MARCH 14 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Billy Wilder Theater

CLIMATE CHANGE + THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN, ONE PEOPLE, ONE CANOE by Nā'ālehu Anthony


Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: filmmaker Nā'ālehu Anthony

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN, ONE PEOPLE, ONE CANOE (2019)

Proudly presented by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and 'Ōiwi TV, Moananuiākea illustrates the crucial role of indigenous voices and perspectives in both storytelling and in creating paradigm-changing solutions to the world's most pressing problems. The film honors 'ike Hawai'i—traditional wisdom of our island culture—on a global stage. It extends the values of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the Hōkūle'a, a beacon of sustainability, unity and culture, beyond the voyaging community for perpetuation in the wider world. The voyage's groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives have already inspired countless new practices to protect our environment. The wildly successful revival of a traditional art that was nearly extinct has created a resurgence of pride and respect for native cultures and encourages the active rediscovery of forgotten cultural practices. A panel of UCLA scholars, community activists and special guests will discuss the challenges of climate change and the spirit of aloha.

 

DCP, color, in English, 148 min. Director: Nā'ālehu Anthony. Screenwriter: Bryson Hoe. Cast: Nainoa Thompson, Bill Blankenfeld, Kālepa Baybayan.

 

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SUN MARCH 15 | 2:00pm - 4:30pm | James Bridges Theater

FOOD + FAMILY

FINAL RECIPE by Gina Kim preceded by "Eat your Baon" (2019) by Vanessa Codilla, Jenny Tan, "Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet" (2020) by Janet Chen.

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: : filmmaker Gina Kim and additional panelists to be announced on film festival website.
All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

FINAL RECIPE (2013)

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television professor Gina Kim's culinary-centered, transnational family melodrama reinforces the truth that our hunger for comfort food and home are often invariably linked—and food competition shows will never fail in getting our taste buds salivating. So, why not stage a family reunion in the midst of the making of one? Such a premise gives us contemporary Asian cinema's grande dame, Michelle Yeoh (who is also an executive producer) as Julia, the glamorous host of a popular Shanghai-based cooking competition show.

 

DCP, color, English97 min. Director: Gina Kim. Screenwriters: George Huang, Gina Kim. Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau, Chin Han.

 

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EAT YOUR BAON (2019)

Rediscovery of Filipinx American identity through Filipinx American cuisine.

 

Digital, color, English, 5 min. Director: Vanessa Codilla, Jenny Tan.

 

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PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR SWEET (2020)

Celebrate Phoenix Bakery's 80th anniversary with the family behind this Chinese American bakery institution in the ever-evolving Chinatown, Los Angeles.

 

Digital, color, English, 15 min. Director: Janet Chen.

 

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 WEEKEND 3

Friday, March 20 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA ALUMNI 365

ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE by Nahnatchka Khan preceded by "Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA" (2018) by Arielle Bagood

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: Vivian Bang.

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2019)

The latest collaboration from UCLA alumni actors/co-writers Ali Wong, Randall Park and Michael Golamco, who together co-founded and participated in LCC Theatre Group, the university's well-respected Asian American theater company. Harnessing and building on that #GoldOpen Crazy Rich Asians energy from last year's #AsianAugust, this Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-centered rom com was released on Netflix and quickly became a broad hit.

 

DCP, color, English, 101 min. Director: Nahnatchka Khan. Screenwriter: Michael Golamco, Randall Park, Ali Wong. Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito.

 

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LIGHTS UP: ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER AT UCLA (2018)

We examine the evolution of the Asian American theater company LCC at UCLA, over its 23 years of development as it tackles issues of inclusivity and representation.

 

Digital, color, English, 8 min. Director: Arielle Bagood.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT PARTY (off-site at Napa Valley Grille)

More information available on the Receptions page


SAT MARCH 21 | 3:00pm - 5:20pm | James Bridges Theater

ASIAN AMERICAN ICON: BRUCE LEE

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) - 4K Restoration!

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man and more panelists to be announced.

All panelists are subject to change based on availability

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) - 4K Restoration!

Considered one of the most popular martial arts films of all time, this US/HK co-production fully captured Lee's immense screen presence, sinewy athleticism, and bona fides while elevating him into international stardom. As part of our 50th celebration, we unveil a special program on Bruce Lee and invite his friends and the community out for a night of reminiscing and reverie.

 

DCP, color, in English and Cantonese, 102 min. Director: Robert Clouse. Screenwriters: Michael Allin. Cast: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly.

 

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SAT MARCH 21 | 7:30pm - 11:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

ASIAN AMERICAN ICON: ANNA MAY WONG

DAUGHTER OF SHANGHAI (1937) by Robert Florey preceded by "Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China" (5/1/1936) from UCLA Film & Television Archive

 

Screening + Panel/Q&A

 

IN PERSON: Sean Metzger

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

DAUGHTER OF SHANGHAI (1937)

Created as a star vehicle for Anna May Wong, the Los Angeles-born daughter of a Chinese immigrant family and the first Asian American female star in Hollywood, Paramount teamed her up with sympathetic French émigré director Robert Florey and high school friend/on-screen love interest Philip Ahn, as the first Asian G-man depicted on screen. Together, they elevate this B-movie thriller to another level with two Asian American lead characters, in an era of accepted yellowface where white actors often played Asian characters, and as a fresh departure, a plot centered around the villainy of its white characters.

 

35mm nitrate, b/w, 62 min. Director: Robert Florey. Screenwriters: Gladys Unger, Garnett Weston. Cast: Anna May Wong, Philip Ahn, Charles Pickford.

 

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"Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China" (5/1/1936)

Stock footage shot for, but never used in, Hearst Metrotone news of Anna May Wong arriving on a Dollar Line boat, surrounded by a group of cameramen and newspapermen. She enters Park Hotel, and visits Star Motion Picture Studios and a flower market.

 

35mm print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive. b/w, silent, 8 min.

 

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