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Boston Asian American Film Festival brings immigrant experiences to theaters

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  October 24, 2012 03:51 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Several films in the Boston Asian American Film Festival will screen at the Paramount Center’s Bright Family Screening Room.

For the next few days, movie-goers will have a chance to see sides of life in this country that are rarely shown onscreen, as the fourth Boston Asian American Film Festival comes to theaters in downtown Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

The festival includes several New England premieres, and many stars and filmmakers will be on hand, including actor Booboo Stewart from the “Twilight” films, martial arts master Pui Chan, and director H.P. Mendoza. The festival is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop, a Chinatown-based nonprofit group that works to empower Asian- and Pacific-Americans.

Films scheduled for the 2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival are as follows.

  • “White Frog,” directed by Quentin Lee. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. With guest appearances and post-film discussion with actor Booboo Stewart, executive producer David Henry Hwang, and writer/producer Ellie Wen. Special lion dance performance by Wah Lum Martial Arts Academy
  • “Sunset Stories,” directed by Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard. Friday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston.
  • “Wedding Palace,” directed by Christine Yoo. Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearance and post-film discussion with director Christine Yoo.
  • “I Am a Ghost,” directed by H.P. Mendoza. A special co-presentation with Shudder Fest Horror Film Festival. Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. With guest appearances and post-film discussion with director H.P. Mendoza and producer Mark Del Lima.
  • “I Am a Ghost,” will also play at 9 p.m. Friday at the Somerville Theatre, followed by a discussion with Mendoza and Del Lima.
  • “Fear Buffet,” a shorts program featuring “Dumpling,” directed by Wesley Du; “How War Ends,” directed by Scott Eriksson; “Fortune Cookie Magic Trick,” directed by Alex Chu; “Mr. Nakamura’s Addiction,” directed by Scott Eriksson; “Blooktraffick,” directed by Jennifer Thym; and “Down Under,” directed by Ray Arthur Wang. Friday, Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearances by filmmakers Wesley Du, Scott Eriksson, and Ray Arthur Wang.
  • “Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer,” directed by Mimi Chan. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. With guest appearances by Mimi Chan and Grandmaster Pui Chan. Special performance by Wah Lum Kung Fu.
  • “Model Minority,” directed by Lily Mariye. Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston.
  • “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” directed by S. Leo Chiang. A special co-presentation with the Docyard, preceded by the short film “Real Talk,” directed by Patrick Ng. Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearance and post-film discussion with director S. Leo Chiang.
  • “Yes, We’re Open,” directed by Richard Wong. Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 p.m. at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston.
  • “Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer,” directed by Mimi Chan. Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearances by Mimi Chan and Grandmaster Pui Chan.
  • “Reel Food,” a shorts program featuring “Wonder Boy,” directed by Corrie Chen; “People Aren’t All Bad,” directed by Matthew Hashiguchi; “The Commitment,” directed by Albert M. Chan, “Bleached,” directed by. Jessica Dela Merced; “Café Eleve,” directed by KellyLi; “My 2009 Experience,” directed by Henry Ho; “The Commitment,” directed by Raahul Singh; and “Nani,” directed by Justin Tipping. Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearances by filmmakers Albert M. Chan, Kelly Li, and Henry Ho.
  • “Shanghai Calling,” directed by Daniel Hsia. Sunday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., at the Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., downtown Boston. With guest appearance and post-film discussion with director Daniel Hsia.

For more information on the Boston Asian American Film Festival, visit http://www.baaff.org/.

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