Slant Retrospective: Josh Kim

At Slant 7, we screened Josh Kim’s The Police Box, which remains one of our favorite works. A charming film about romantic crushes — with an upbeat soundtrack that makes us happy every time we hear it — this story of a curious boy, a curious girl, and one policeman unfolds quickly in less than 4 minutes. Josh, who grew up in  Orange, Texas, made the film in March 2006 after dropping out of film school in Hong Kong. Watch it below. (The YouTube clip below plays the film twice. The second version of the film includes annotations showing the cost of props, rentals and other items that go into making a film. Josh made the film for a little over $5,000.)

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Slant Retrospective: J.P. Chan

Attending Slant in person this year is New York-based filmmaker J.P. Chan. We’re screening his short film I Don’t Sleep I Dream on May 21. See details for the screening here.

J.P. is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright who was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. Not coincidentally, some of his films have been set in immigrant-owned businesses.

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Slant 10 Preview: PJ Raval

This year at Slant, we are excited to present a free discussion with award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval. Known for his success in both the Asian American and GLBT film community, PJ will talk about his experiences with niche markets of the indie filmmaking world.

PJ’s work first debuted at Slant in 2003 with a 4-minute film, Clean, about a man whose obsession with cleanliness turns into absurdity. At Slant 7, we screened Lead Role: Father, in which a film director holds auditions for a film about his family. When his real-life father appears to read for part of the father, past and present intertwine, roles are reversed, and the director is forced to confront his own fears and realizations. See PJ talk about the film in the clip below. You can also watch Lead Role: Father on IMDB here.

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Slant Retrospective: Wes Kim

Today we take a look at the films of Wes Kim. Wes, a Seattle-based filmmaker, made his Slant debut in our second year of the festival with Profiles in Science. A mock science classroom film, complete with film projector glitch, Profiles tells the story of a determined scientist who discovers the reason why socks go missing from your laundry. We liked it so much that we put it on our DVD. But you can also watch it here on YouTube:

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Slant Retrospective: Embarcadero Blues

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, leading up to this year’s festival on May 21 to 23, we’ll be posting about some of the films that have screened at Slant over the years. When we started Slant 10 years ago, YouTube didn’t exist. But now with its help, we can show you some of the films we love. Think of it as a film festival online that you can watch whenever you like. There’s still nothing like seeing something on the big screen, but for those of you who won’t be able to make it to our screenings in Houston, you can now catch up with us.

First up is Embarcadero Blues, directed by Dino Ignacio. Some of you may know Dino creator of the notorious Bert is Evil website. We know Dino as an awesome animator. He has screened 3 films at Slant over the years, including Maritess V.S. The Superfriends, which is on our DVD.

Embarcadero Blues, a music video for Bay Area musician Goh Nakamura, was made in 2007 and screened at Slant 8. Dino and Goh reunite for a Slant collaboration this year. Dino has been working on a new animation and Goh will score it and play it live at Slant 10: The Neo-Benshi Experience on May 22.