Bold Asian American Images | September 26, 2015

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Bold Asian American Images
Saturday, September 26, 2015,  7 PM
Curator Melissa Hung and Filmmakers Tony Nguyen and Faroukh Virani in Attendance
Aurora Members Free, Non-Members $10 (Click to buy tickets)

After a 4-year hiatus, Bold Asian American Images is back at Aurora! The 12th installment of this program showcases an eclectic mix of short films curated by writer Melissa Hung, the founding editor of Hyphen magazine. This year’s program features narrative, experimental, video art, and documentary, including Faroukh Virani’s sci-fi space travel film Vimana and Tony Nguyen’s touching documentary, Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory. In Giap, Tony goes back to a small town in Indiana to document his mother’s refugee experience and her retirement after nearly 35 years working at the last ironing board factory in America. Please join us for the Texas premieres of this and other kick-ass films.

Behind the Screens Member Event,  6 PM
Members are invited to arrive early and have time to chat with curator Melissa Hung.

Films
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, by Leena Pendarkar
Raymond, by Nina Yuen
Moving to the Cloud, by Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Privacy Stock  Video Footage, by Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Vimana, by Faroukh Virani
Distance Between, by R.J. Lozada
Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory, by Tony Nguyen

Aurora Picture Show Moving

Big news! We’re on the move! Aurora Picture Show, our parent org, will be moving to a new location near the Kirby/Rice University area in June. Since 2008, when it left its original home in a converted church, Aurora has been programming in spaces all around Houston. Now it will have a place to call home (while still continuing to do some site-specific programming.) Check out this story about the move in CultureMap. As Aurora gets ready for its big move, it’s also planning to take a break from some of its annual events, including Slant. This means skipping 2012, but Slant will return with a good show, we promise.

Slant 11 Recap

Slant 11 at the River Oaks Theatre! Photo by Camilo Gonzalez

It was a happy homecoming for filmmaker Soham Mehta and curator Melissa Hung at the 11th annual Slant: Bold Asian American Images last week. Though Soham now lives in New York, and Melissa in San Francisco, both grew up in Houston and consider it their home. They were thrilled to be screening at the historic River Oaks Theatre.

Inside the historic River Oaks Theatre. Photo by Camilo Gonzalez

Slant Film Festival is presented by the Aurora Picture Show and Aurora’s curator Mary Magsamen welcomed the crowd before introducing Slant’s curator, Melissa, to the stage.

Curator Melissa Hung introduces the screening. Photo by Camilo Gonzalez

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Slant Film Festival Today – Aug 11!

Today is the day! The 11th Annual Slant: Bold Asian American Images Festival screens tonight at the River Oaks Theatre. Filmmaker Soham Mehta and curator Melissa Hung will be in attendance.

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 7:30 PM
River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray, Houston (Map)
$10, Free for Aurora Picture Show members
Click here to buy tickets

This annual Aurora program showcases an eclectic mix of the best new short films made by Asian American artists. From a mockumentary that follows a self-important spoken word artist to a sci-fi tale featuring a malfunctioning android, the five short films selected for Slant tell diverse stories. Curated by Melissa Hung, founding editor of Hyphen, Slant will screen for one night only. Don’t miss it!

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Films
Jaime Lo, small and shy
by Lillian Chan
PIA by Tanuj Chopra
Digital Antiquities by J.P. Chan
Asian American Jesus by Yasmine Gomez
Fatakra by Soham Mehta

For more information please call the Aurora Picture Show at 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org.

Slant 11 on August 11 at River Oaks Theatre

The 11th Annual
Slant: Bold Asian American Images Festival

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray, Houston (Map)
$10, Free for Aurora Picture Show members (Click here to buy tickets)
Filmmaker Soham Mehta and curator Melissa Hung in attendance

This annual Aurora program showcases an eclectic mix of the best new short films made by Asian American artists. From a mockumentary that follows a self-important spoken word artist to a sci-fi tale featuring a malfunctioning android, the five short films selected for Slant tell diverse stories. Curated by Melissa Hung, founding editor of Hyphen, Slant will screen for one night only. Don’t miss it!

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Films

Jaime Lo, small and shy by Lillian Chan
Jaime Lo, a shy Chinese Canadian girl, observes the world around her through her drawings. When Jaime’s father is sent to Hong Kong for a year-long work assignment, Jaime must use her creativity to cope with his absence.

Fatakra by Soham Mehta
Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. Sparks fly as a family reunites.

PIA by Tanuj Chopra
In San Francisco, in the year 2063, much of human labor has been replaced with service androids called PIAs. One night, a mysterious and malfunctioning PIA appears at Syama Raval’s front door.

Digital Antiquities by J.P. Chan
In the year 2036, a woman in an antique electronics shop meets a desperate young man seeking to recover data from an old CD.

Asian American Jesus by Yasmine Gomez
In this mockumentary, Samantha Chanse plays six different characters including Truth is Real, a self-professed ‘mad scientist of the spoken word,’ and the subject of college freshman Suzette Law’s final project for her ethnic studies class.

Special thanks to Hyphen and River Oaks Theatre for their help with this program.

Asian American Jesus, by Yasmine Gomez

Digital Antiquities, by J.P. Chan

Fatakra, by Soham Mehta

Jaime Lo, small and shy, by Lillian Chan

PIA, by Tanuj Chopra

Save the Date: Slant 11 on August 13

Slant is moving! No, not away from Houston. But on the calendar. For the past 10 years, Slant has taken place in May or June. This year, we’re in August. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 13. We’ll see you at the movies then.

UPDATE: We’ve moved it again. It will now be August 11. 11 years of Slant on August 11!