Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
With the recession gets worse and worse, it seems there is no good news recently. Well, that's about to change — the 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), the largest Asian film festival in North America, will once again bring the excitement and vibe of Asian cinema to the Bay Area.
With 108 films and 47 programs, this year's lineup contains a little less films compared to the past. That translates to more furious competition among the submissions and better films in the festival. Actually, I like this size better because I feel less overwhelmed and much easier to schedule the screenings during the festival.
I have written about some films at this year's SFIAAFF, including:
Of course, shorts programs are NOT to be missed at all cost at the SFIAAFF. They never fail to be refreshing, rewarding, entertaining, and amusing. Even a film might not be my cup of tea, a few minutes later, a new one will appear on the big screen.
After the charming "Police Box" (SFIAAFF 2007, Frameline31), director Josh Kim returns to SFIAAFF with his new short film "The Postcard" (South Korea 2007 | in Korean | 15 Min.). The film brilliantly tells a story about how a boy conveys his crush on a postman — he writes messages on postcards.
When I can see great Asian cinema with film lovers, who cares how much the Dow is falling. When the festival is over, things will be back to normal. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the festival. That's what I am going to do beginning next Thursday.