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  • 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 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 […]

    Interview with Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan, Producers/Directors of PAINTED NAILS

    In the feature film PAINTED NAILS, Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and nail salon owner, becomes one of the first workers in decades to testify against the cosmetic industry before Congress, after discovering that her two miscarriages were caused by cosmetic toxins. The documentary presents a touching story about the journey of an immigrant family, and […]

    Interview with Director Tadashi Nakamura of MELE MURALS

    What is graffiti? Art? Rebellion? Expression? For artists Estria Miyashiro (a.k.a Estria) and John Hina (a.k.a Prime), graffiti has become a conduit for connecting with Hawaiian culture. Alongside a group of Native Hawaiian youth from the rural community of Waimea, the pair create a mural that changes the community’s landscape and, unexpectedly, helps them rediscover […]

    Roundtable Interview with LGBTQ Shorts Filmmakers

    by Jackie Lam This year, AAIFF is spotlighting the Asian LGBTQ community, an extremely marginalized and underrepresented group with incredibly important and powerful stories. CineVue chatted with each filmmaker in the LGBTQ Shorts program about their inspiration, goals, personal growth, and more.   CineVue: What was the inspiration for your film? Vicky Du, GAYSIANS: My […]

    SPA NIGHT: Impressions From A Modern Progressive Korean American

    SPA NIGHT will be opening AAIFF ’16 on Thursday, July 21 at Asia Society at 7 p.m. Buy tickets for the gala, showing + panel featuring Andrew Ahn and Joe Seo here.   By Tracy Chung   On Mother’s Day this year, my sister invited my mother and me to her place for a quiet […]

    Interview with Writer/Director Ray Yeung on FRONT COVER

    CineVue had the singular privilege of chatting with writer/director Ray Yeung about his second feature film, FRONT COVER, which will close AAIFF ’16 on Saturday, July 30 (ticket details). FRONT COVER focuses on Ryan Fu (Jake Choi), a gay celebrity fashion stylist who has rejected his Chinese heritage and must work with closeted actor Qi Ning […]

    Overheard at #AAIFF14: Awesome Asian Bad Guys

    Q&A with Awesome Asian Bad Guys – New York Premiere AAIFF14 Social Media Manager Miranda Canilang listened in on the conversation with Director Patrick Epino, Writer Milton Liu, and Producer Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man).  She shares her favorite quotes below: @angryasianman on @AwesomeBadGuys “it IS a documentary” #aaiff14 — Asian CineVision (@AsianCineVision) July 25, 2014 […]

    POINT OF INTEREST: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR J.P. CHAN OF A PICTURE OF YOU

    CineVue caught up with AAIFF alum and Director J.P. Chan of A Picture of You, which Asian Cinevision will co-present at the 6PM screening this Saturday June 21 at AMC Village 7.

    CINEMA SPOTLIGHT: CHINK

    Screenwriter Koji SAKAI talks about his motives for creating a film that has successfully stirred up much conversation and debate about what it means to be Asian in America.