THE FEMALE VOICE: SHORTS BY ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN
Men may dominate mainstream cinema, but in the independent world, women’s voices ring loud and clear. For your enjoyment, a collection of some of the latest treasures from Asian American women filmmakers.
Co-presented by SIS Productions.
|UNDER: ELEGY by NaRhee Ahn |
Northwest premiere Narrative, USA 2002, 3 min.A man who has lost a loved one in the World Trade Center attack grieves by endlessly riding the subway beneath Ground Zero.
|NaRhee Ahn is a past president of the Asian American Filmmakers Collaborative and a member of the steering committee for Asian CineVision’s Asian American International Film Festival. She is currently working on her first feature PURITY.|
|TOUGH GIRL by Leilani Abad |
Narrative, USA 2002, 13 min.A girl shields herself from the world until a boy challenges her to open herself to love.
* Finalist, Best Narrative Short, US ASEAN Film Festival
* People’s Choice Finalist, Humboldt International Short Film Festival
|Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Leilani T. Abad was pre-med as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She subsequently enrolled in USC’s graduate film program and has since produced a documentary, a short film and an experimental feature.|
|MOONLIGHT ELECTRIC by Risa Morimoto |
Narrative, USA 2002, 9 min.Against all odds, Eric Rodriguez rises to the challenge of realizing his dream to attend Juilliard.
|Risa Morimoto is the President of Edgewood Pictures, Inc., and the Executive Director of Asian CineVision, a non-profit media arts organization in New York City.|
|DRIVING LESSONS by Susan Chiu |
Narrative, USA 2002, 24 min. After her father gets a promotion at work, a ten-year-old girl comes to a new understanding of what kind of people her parents really are.
|Former Catholic schoolgirl and Bay Area resident Susan Chiu currently resides in Brooklyn. She is a recent graduate of the NYU graduate film program and is reputed to be an excellent driver.|
|NOTHING ABOUT LOVE |
by Wen-Yao Chuang
Experimental, Taiwan/USA 2003, 19 min.A twenty-year-old woman’s thoughts and experiences about broken love.
* Best Experimental Film, San Diego Asian Film Festival
|Wen-Yao Chuang is a graduate of CalArts and is currently working as a commercial director at a television station in Taiwan.|
|DIRTY by Jean Joson |
Northwest US premiereNarrative, USA 2002, 6 min.A germ freak, tired of being picked on, challenges the office bully in a duel worthy of a raise.
|Jean Joson, a first-generation Filipina-American, hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has four short films to her credit (REUNION, SWAN DIVE, DIRTY, and KASYA). She currently resides in New York City.|