VC DIGITAL POSSE VER. 2011

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Completed in: 2011 | 76 min.

Section: Shorts Programs

Countries: Various

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Synopsis

Community Co-Presenter:

Tuesday Night Project

UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications

TRT: 76 min.

The Digital Posse, a fixture of the Film Festival since 2002, moves on up into a new space at the Directors Guild of America, the better to showcase the upcoming generation of APA media artists. From the tender to the kinetic, these new stories will certainly offer a glimpse into the future of Asian Pacific American cinema. At the very least, we think that this showcase will inspire folks to pick up a camera and make their own movies.

— Abraham Ferrer

 

TO LIGHT

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Sheldon Chau

TO LIGHT follows the filmmaker’s own father as he recounts the conflicts he faced when his family was forced to flee Vietnam in the 1970s. He reveals for the first time — even to his son — an account of sacrifice, struggle, and in the end, true love.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

11 24

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Michelle Gutierrez

“11 24” is a film about collecting cans and memories. Ligaya and her grandfather hunt aluminum cans and use the spoils of their adventure to play the lotto. “11 24” is a story of love, devotion and discovering that true wealth cost nothing but time and memory to collect.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Sarah Kim

Ben (5) and Borah (8), home alone one January day, decide to get rid of their aging Christmas tree. However, because it’s too big to simply throw away, they must get creative in disposing of it. Soon, the living room is covered with fir needles, and the children fall into a slumber, thinking about the incident.

Video, 5 min., black & white, narrative

 

ALL AMERICAN

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Everett Lee-Sung

As the U.S. campaign of Biffontaine nears its end in WWII, a young private, assigned to secure the furthest building of the town, finds himself at the mercy of trusting a fallen soldier who mistakenly fires at him and his comrade. Awaiting Nazi intrusion at any moment, the young private learns what it means to be courageous as the fallen soldier leads him to question his true identity as a Japanese American soldier.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL

(United States, 2011) Dir.; Erin Li; Scr.: Erin Li, Dana Kendler

A once-renowned Chinese painter is kicked out of her son’s home, prompting her to enroll in a controversial school that claims to teach people how to start life anew. The instructor and class exercises force her to re-evaluate life and what it is worth.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

STILL LIFE WITH

(United States, 2011) Dir./Wtr.: Ami Patel

STILL LIFE WITH follows a young South Asian woman as she faces the banalities of another day. Except that it’s the Hindu New Year, a day of introspection and renewal, and jilted communication with her parents sits heavy in her heart as she examines her love of self, partner, and family.

Video, 5 min., color, documentary

 

SEARCHING FOR DON ‘HALF-PINT’ SANTOS

(United States, 2011) Dir./Wtr.: Julius Sambajon, Jr.

SEARCHING FOR DON 'HALF-PINT' SANTOS is a short documentary that takes the audience on a journey to find Don Santos, an Asian American who was a former member of 1990’s R&B group, Immature. The documentary will focus not only what happened to Don Santos, but the actual journey to find Santos.

Video, 5 min., color, documentary

 

PLAY TIME

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Roxana Shih

A 1950s Asian-American man comes home from work, eager to spend time with his family and newly born baby. However, things take a turn for a worse as we discover that this picture-perfect family is hiding some truly horrific secrets beneath their porcelain image.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

AYUMI’S WEDDING RING

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Chingya Wang

This 5 minutes fiction is based on filmmaker’s life experience and real interviews about sham marriage. Through Jin’s life, dream, and conversation with her sister the audience experiences the emotional and physical struggles of a female immigrant to the U.S. This film is meant to give the audience insight to how an immigrant faces her loneliness, deals with new relationships, and is forced to redefine the meaning of marriage in a new culture.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

DRONE

(United States, 2011) Dir./Scr.: Jefferson Wu

In a world ran by giant multinational conglomerates, a woman's special abilities are exploited as they try to weaponize her through surgical augmentations. Being the first to have ever survived the procedure, her potential is unknown to her investors.

Video, 5 min., color, narrative

 

THREAD

(United States, 2010) Dir./Wtr.: Veena Hampapur

This documentary examines the life of Aida, the vivacious owner of a hip threading salon in the heart of Los Angeles. Growing up as an ethnic minority in the Midwest, Aida's experiences shed light onto conceptions of beauty and belonging in the United States.

Video, 9 min., color, documentary

 

HEAVEN & EARTH

(United States, 2010) Dir./Wtr.: Ryoko Onishi

HEAVEN & EARTH depicts how the bonsai hobby empowers an 83-year-old, second generation Japanese American, Ted Oka. Bonsai is an art that gives Ted satisfaction, energy and life.

Video, 9 min., color, documentary

 

MIXED ME

(United States, 2010) Dir./Wtr.: Kristen Lee

A retrospective look at one mixed-Asian's journey from the rural Midwest to cosmopolitan Los Angeles, whose identity was befriended, digitized and united online. Featuring the stories of three other mixed-Asians cyberspace users.

Video, 8 min., color, documentary

Screenings

Sunday, May 01 7:00 PM Directors Guild of America 1 Date Passed
Plays with:  VC DIGITAL POSSE VER. 2011 TO LIGHT [AWC]
ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE [AWC]
ALL AMERICAN [AWC]
L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL [AWC]
STILL LIFE WITH [AWC]
SEARCHING FOR DON 'HALF-PINT' SANTOS [AWC]
PLAY TIME [AWC]
AYUMI'S WEDDING RING [AWC]
DRONE [AWC]
THREAD
HEAVEN & EARTH
MIXED ME
11 24 [AWC]

Cast & Crew

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