Slant: Bold Asian American Images is an annual festival of short films in Houston, Texas. It showcases an eclectic mix of the best short films made by emerging and mid-career Asian American artists. Through our film festival, artist talks, and live performances, we provide a fresh perspective on the Asian American experience. The festival features all genres including narrative, experimental, documentary and animation; and also showcases music and other disciplines.
The festival was established in 2001 by Melissa Hung, the founding editor of Hyphen, a magazine about Asian American culture. One of the longest-running festivals in Texas devoted to Asian American film and video art, the festival has screened more than a hundred films, many of them showing in Texas for the first time.
From the beginning, the festival has made its home at the Aurora Picture Show, a nonprofit media arts center. In presenting this festival, Aurora explores the power of moving images in crafting identity and community.
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Slant Film Festival: An Interview with Filmmaker Soham Mehta – LoopScoop – 8.11.2011
Slant 10: Melissa Hung and Aurora Picture Show throw quite a party this year – Houston Press – 5.20.2010
Slant 9: Film festival covers zombies, cowboys and…Lou Diamond Phillips? – Houston Press – 5.28.2009
Slant Volume 1 Asian American Short Films DVD – Angry Asian Man – 5.18.2008
Slant Film Fest Brings Asian Shorts to S.F. – San Francisco Examiner – 9.19.2007
Cross Cultural Intersection: Slant 7 Film Fest showcases works and attempts to do away with stereotypes – Houston Chronicle – 5.19.2007
About the Aurora Picture Show
The Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. We are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.
Founded in 1998 by Andrea Grover, the first home for Aurora was in a former church building on Aurora Street in the Heights where Grover and her family both lived and worked in the original microcinema. Art in America called it “one of the most interesting and unusual spaces in Houston.” When Grover retired her home as a screening space in 2007, Aurora re-located the offices and Aurora Video Library near The Menil Collection, and until 2012 Aurora screenings and events were nomadic travelling all over the City of Houston. In June 2012, Aurora relocated to a new location in the Rice/Kirby area which houses the administrative offices, video library, education space and screenings in one location for the first time in the history of the organization. While this is the home base for the organization, Aurora remains dedicated to collaborative partnerships and site-specific events in unique settings and alternative art spaces.
Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Our screenings are known for being memorable and not-to-be-missed as they are not often repeated and are difficult to duplicate.