Asian-American International Fest Kicks Off 27th Year
by Adam Burnett
The 27th Asian-American International Film Festival will present its 2004 edition at two separate events. Opening tomorrow in New York City and lasting through July 24, festival organizers Asian Cinevision will then present selected films at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long Island, from July 30 - August 1. Ann Hui's Beijing romance "Goddess of Mercy" will open the festival followed by both an opening gala and kick-off party. Khyentse Norbu's "Travellers and Magicians" will receive a centerpiece presentation (its New York premiere) and Nikhil Advani's Bollywood-in-Queens tale "Tomorrow May Never Come" closes the festival.
Films to premiere at the festival include Yasuaki Nakajima's end-of-days drama "After the Apocalypse," Lavrente Diaz's nine-hour epic "Ebolusyon," Steve Mallorca's outsider's look at the Nashville music scene "Slow Jam King," and Kawamoto Kihachiro's tribute to haiku poet Matsuo Basho "Winter Days."
"The AAIFF has always been unique in taking risks to showcase provocative works not only by internationally acclaimed filmmakers, but also works of independent filmmakers who creatively explore unconventional cultural and social themes," stated festival director Diana Lee in a prepared statement.
In collaboration with the Asian American Filmmakers Collaborative, the festival will present 15 films from the first "64 Hour Shoot-Out," a New York competition that gives Asian filmmakers 64 hours to fully produce a short film.
Other highlights include "The Big Audition" two-part workshop/panel, HBO-sponsored workshop "The Bullpin" where aspiring filmmakers can learn how to pitch ideas, and a panel discussing "Film Financing and Distribution in a Changing Marketplace." In addition, an industry networking mixer will give attendees the opportunity to meet potential collaborators.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.asiancinevision.org.]