Slant 10 Events

Join us for the 10th annual Slant: Bold Asian American Images. Our festival takes place in several venues in Houston from May 21 to May 23, 2010.

Friday, May 21, 7 pm
Slant 10: Bold Asian American Images
Curator Melissa Hung and filmmaker J.P. Chan in attendance
Location: Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk Street
$7 Non-Members, Aurora Picture Show Members Free

I Don’t Sleep I Dream, directed by J.P. Chan

Slant turns 10! This annual Aurora program showcases an eclectic mix of the best short films made by emerging and mid-career Asian American artists. With rich characters and visions that give voice to the fantastical as well as the every day, these short films are as varied as they are compelling. Curated by Melissa Hung, the founding editor of Hyphen, Slant provides a fresh perspective on the Asian American experience. Films include:

I Don’t Sleep I Dream, by J.P. Chan
A woman embarks on the road and discovers that she can’t run from her fears without leaving a part of herself behind.

Mister Green, by Greg Pak
In a world in which catastrophic global warming has become reality, a jaded government undersecretary ends up far greener than he ever imagined.

Midas’ Son, by Annetta Marion
Adrift in his life, Billy returns to his childhood home to find out why his parents have not responded to his wedding invitation.

Unlocked, by Mio Adilman
A young man named B with anger management issues faces constant frustration as his bicycle is repeatedly double-locked by strangers.

Fine Threads
, by Adele Pham
Three teenaged South Asian girls from Queens talk openly about beauty, religion, migration and identity.

Three Times Me
, by Wendy J.N. Lee
A little girl hiding under the dinner table imagines growing up in three pairs of shoes that have caught her attention.

, by Prithi Gowda
A call center employee tries to fix her computer, but falls into a surreal world of wires, memories and desires, running between stifling tradition and global aspirations.

Melissa Hung is a writer, editor, and the founder of Hyphen, a magazine about Asian American culture. A native Texan, she now lives in San Francisco where she misses Tex-Mex and cafeterias.

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Saturday, May 22, 7 pm
Slant 10 Live: The Neo-Benshi Experience

Featuring Neelanjana Banerjee, Robin Sukhadia, and Goh Nakamura
Location: Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk Street
$7 Non-Members, Aurora Picture Show Members Free

Neelanjana Banerjee and Goh Nakamura

Join us for a special evening of live performances with film. Benshi were Japanese performers who provided live narration during the silent film era. Neelanjana Banerjee and Robin Sukhadia perform neo-benshi by writing their own scripts and soundtracks, re-imagining classic Bollywood films to hilarious effect.

Also no stranger to wordplay, singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura performs a live score to new work by Slant alum Dino Ignacio. Goh’s music has been featured on film soundtracks and this evening he’ll bring his guitar and imagination for a show of cinematic songs.

Neelanjana Banerjee is a writer, editor, and teacher based in San Francisco. She is the co-editor of the new book Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry.

Robin Sukhadia recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in world music at the California Institute of the Arts and has been studying tabla (classical north Indian drums) under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for the past nine years.

Goh Nakamura is a musician who writes ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands. He has two albums, Daylight Savings and Ulysses.

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Sunday, May 23, 1 pm
Slant 10: Working Niche Markets with PJ Raval

Artist PJ Raval in attendance
Location: Aurora Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross
Free Admission

PJ Raval

Known for his success in both the Asian American and GLBT film community, filmmaker and cinematographer PJ Raval will host a free discussion on his experiences with niche markets of the indie filmmaking world. PJ’s films have screened at Slant over the years, most recently Lead Role: Father in 2007. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 new faces of independent film 2006′, PJ just completed Trinidad, a feature documentary about Trinidad, Colorado’s transformation from Wild West outpost to “sex change capital of the world.”

PJ Raval is an ex-scientist, ex-vegetarian, and award-winning filmmaker whose work has been showcased at both Sundance and Cannes.

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