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San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012

Posts by Brian

Brian Hu is the Artistic Director of Pacific Arts Movement.


    Posted November 9th, 2012 by Brian in Announcements

      You asked, we delivered. We’re bringing back some of the hottest tickets at our festival this year. Friday, Nov. 9 6:45pm SHANGHAI CALLING (sold out) 8:05pm THE IRAN JOB 9:30pm STARRY STARRY NIGHT 9:45pm FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE Of course, that’s in addition to other big titles: REMINGTON AND THE CURSE OF THE […]

  2. SDAFF 2012 Award Winners Announced!

    Posted November 5th, 2012 by Brian in Announcements

    The best in Asian American cinema were honored at Saturday’s star-studded Awards Gala. The winners were: Grand Jury Prize: JOHNNY LOVES DOLORES (Clarissa de los Reyes) Best Narrative Feature: GRACELAND (Ron Morales) Best Documentary Feature: SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE (Debbie Lum) Best Narrative Short: MONDAY MONDAY (Eric K. Yue) Best Animated Short: 38-39°C (Kangmin Kim) Special […]

  3. Rush Line and Box Office Only: what to do when films are sold out online?

    Posted October 30th, 2012 by Brian in Announcements

      SOLD OUT ONLINE? Chances are, there are still plenty of tickets. Note if the screening is RUSH LINE ONLY or BOX OFFICE ONLY. RUSH LINE ONLY Set your clocks and get to the theater early! RUSH LINE ONLY means we’re out of tickets online and at the box office. Once badgeholders are let in […]

  4. SDAFF Themes 2012: Social Media on Film

    Posted October 30th, 2012 by Brian in Themes

    Today, social media and film go hand-in-hand. We even have a summit to prove it. Films are funded, and then promoted and even distributed through channels like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The centrality of social media in our lives also means it becomes thematically significant in the stories we tell. And as the documentary UPLOADED […]

  5. Festival Q&A: H.P. Mendoza, director of I AM A GHOST

    Posted October 29th, 2012 by Brian in Inside Scoop

    As we count down to opening night, we bring you special Q&As with filmmakers whose features will be presented at our festival this year. In this edition, Lisa Yadao speaks to director, screenwriter, actor, and composer H.P. Mendoza about Asian Americans in film, the afterlife, and balut. Mendoza, who has not one, but two features screening […]

  6. SDAFF Themes 2012: Fukushima films

    Posted October 19th, 2012 by Brian in Themes

    Last year’s festival was a mere seven months after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in and around Fukushima, Japan. Since then, countless films about the devastation and its after-effects have been produced by Japanese and non-Japanese filmmakers alike. Many of the films are predictably sentimental and exploitative. More interesting is how many of them are […]

  7. Festival Q&A: Monika Treut, director of THE RAW AND THE COOKED

    Posted October 16th, 2012 by Brian in Inside Scoop

    As we count down to opening night, we bring you special Q&As with directors whose films will be presented at our festival this year. In this edition, programmer Tracie Yang speaks to Monika Treut, the director of the luscious documentary THE RAW AND THE COOKED. First, how did you begin this project and when did […]

  8. Inside Scoop: How SDAFF chooses films

    Posted October 3rd, 2012 by Brian in Inside Scoop

    Film festivals are shrouded in mystery, and the lack of complete transparency, along with the sheer volume of annual submissions, have led some to doubt the legitimacy of the process. We can’t speak for other festivals, but we can certainly speak for ourselves. Here’s the chronology of a film submission at the San Diego Asian […]

  9. Welcome to the Great Cinema Party!

    Posted September 24th, 2012 by Brian in Announcements

    The entertainment has arrived, the talent’s in the green room, and the drinks are on ice. Some call it a film festival, but this year I’m calling it, to borrow the title of Raya Martin’s new feature, a cinema party. It’s not just a celebration, though there is plenty to celebrate. It’s an upheaval, somewhere […]