• AAIFF16

    Interview with Shingo Usami, Writer/Actor/Director of RICEBALLS

    CineVue got the inside scoop on RICEBALLS chatting with Shingo Usami, who wore the writer, actor, and director hats. In the poignant film, a recently widowed Kenji does his best to remind his young son of their cultural heritage, making clumsily-crafted Japanese riceballs for him to take for lunch. As time passes, the riceballs strengthen […]

    If I Can’t See You, You Can’t See Me: On TYRUS and Representation

    By Alexa Strabuk It was a muggy summer day in New York City and typically unbearable. Escaping my air condition-less apartment in Brooklyn, I found myself at the Met, seeking refuge there until the evening brought livable temperatures and I could go outside again. Walking through room after room of eulogized Great White Men, I […]

    Interview with Masayuki Kusaka, Producer of HARRY ON THE CLOUDS

    Kari Lindberg, on behalf of CineVue, was fortunate enough to chat with Masayuki Kusaka, producer of HARRY ON THE CLOUDS. In this bittersweet animation, a baby sheep, on his road to heaven, tries to visit his mourning mother before he crosses over for good. Director Aya Shiroi beautifully illustrates the heartbreak of parting with loved ones. AAIFF ’16 […]

    Interview with Writer/Director Lam Can-zhao of THE DOG

    Director Lam Can-zhao’s debut feature film THE DOG follows a lonely rebel’s unpredictable, peculiar and incredible journey. Shot documentary-style while employing characteristics of hybrid cinema, THE DOG’s low-tech and casual style reveals a wealth of stories that reflect both the authenticity and occasional absurdity of the living situations of migrant workers and of those who otherwise live “below […]

    Interview with Weronika Mliczewska, Director of SPEECHLESS IN JAPAN

    SPEECHLESS IN JAPAN is an edgy, participatory documentary that follows a cross-dressing Japanese outcast confronted by judgment from strangers who question his way-of-life. The film, directed by Weronika Mliczewska, chronicles his personal, intimate and blunt journey in search of his own identity. AAIFF ’16 presented SPEECHLESS IN JAPAN on July 22, 2016.   Jackie Lam: You quit your […]

    Interview with Director Randy Yang of VIDEO

    Randy Yang’s short VIDEO, shot in a single take, captures a heated interaction and its surprising aftermath between a white woman and two black teenage girls who’ve captured her racist rant directed toward a homeless black man on video. The film was presented on July 23, 2016 as part of the MADE IN NY Shorts […]

    Interview with Mabel Cheung and Alex Law of A TALE OF THREE CITIES

    CineVue got the chance to talk with world-famous Hong Kong director, Mabel Cheung and her long-time producer, Alex Law, on their 2015 film entitled A TALE OF THREE CITIES. The epic film is based on the love story of Jackie Chan’s parents against the background of the Sino-Chinese War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. AAIFF […]

    Interview with Roshnee Desai, Director of COVER UP

    The short film COVER UP explores the subconsciousness of a woman traveling alone at night in urban India through mixed media. By employing animated images, abstract visual aides, and a stripped-down voiceover, director Roshnee Desai has created a narrative that’s as compelling as it is captivating. COVER UP was screened at AAIFF ’16 on July 23, […]

    Interview with Director Tobias Reeuwijk of 1000 HANDS OF THE GURU

    The Kingdom of Bhutan is the only remaining Vajrayana Buddhist country in the world at present. What sets them apart from other Buddhists across Asia is their incorporation of the thangka, intricately painted scrolls, in meditation. This art form is an integral part of Bhutanese culture, but there aren’t many artists today that can properly preserve […]

    Interview with Director Andrew Ahn and Actor Joe Seo of SPA NIGHT

    Andrew Ahn’s debut feature film SPA NIGHT explores its protagonist David’s Korean Americaness through his sexual exploration in Korean spas. David (Joe Seo) wrestles with the expectations of his struggling immigrant parents (Youn Ho Cho and Haerry Kim), as they all come to terms with their place in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. SPA NIGHT, which won Seo the Sundance […]