Ian Pike 10 a.m., Oct. 23
Asian Festival Brings Down the Curtain
While wrapping up my interview with friend of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (and star of the upcoming A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas), John Cho, I mentioned that he still had time to visit the fest while in town. "If you were to make an unbilled appearance," I gently hinted, "festival director Lee Ann Kim would have a cow."
After a hearty laugh and a few contemplative seconds, he agreed: "Man, I would love to see Lee Ann have a cow!"
No heifers, Asian or otherwise, will be slipped tonight, but this is your last chance to witness the birth of a new movie or hit a few encore screenings of festival favorites at UltraStar Mission Valley. One tip: this reporter couldn't endure more than 20 minutes of Bang Bang. In the name of Marty, I had to bolt on this hopelessly derivative (and amateurish) home town attempt at making a gangster film. Tonight's best bets are Norwegian Wood or Surrogate Valentine. Here's the lineup:
4:00 p.m.: We Are the World, a collection of six shorts (Free)
5:00 p.m.: Dave Boyle's Surrogate Valentine
6:00 p.m.: Benny Chan's Shaolin
7:00 p.m.: Byron Q's Bang Bang
7:30 p.m.: Roseanne Liang's My Wedding and Other Secrets
9:00 p.m.: Scud's Amphetamine (It's not a typo. It's a Scud missive!)
9:20 p.m.: David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi
9:40 p.m.: Tran Anh Hung's Norwegian Wood
9:45 p.m.: Sion Sono's Cold Fish
This year's awards were doled out at the annual gala. Here's to the winners!
Grand Jury Award: Dave Boyle's Surrogate Valentine
Best Narrative Feature: Patrick Wang In the Family
Best Feature Documentary: Kathy Huang's Tales of the Waria
Best Narrative Short: Andrew Ahn's Andy
Best Short Documentary: Mina Son's Making Noise in Silence
Special Jury Award: S. Casper Wong's The LuLu Sessions
George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award: Patrick Wang
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Kwan
Thanks to Lee Ann, Mye, Brian, Phil, and everyone else at SDAFF for another seemingly effortless presentation. It's like watching a bolt of silk unravel. And judging by the number of sold out or near capacity screenings, you're a hit! See you next year, if not before at one of the many additional screenings you hold throughout the year.
More like this:
- Short Takes: A Boy and His Samurai — Oct. 27, 2011
- Tonight at SDAFF: Meet Goh Nakamura, Musician & Star of Surrogate Valentine — Oct. 23, 2011
- Asian or German? Which Festival Are You Doing Tonight? — Oct. 22, 2011
- Review: The Stool Pigeon — Oct. 20, 2011
- 12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Promises Fresh Hou Hsiao-Hsien and More! — Oct. 11, 2011