Day 2 | Program 2
Monday October 3, 2011
DAY 2 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
PROGRAM 2 – UNLIKE NO OTHER
CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS
In this program of shorts we have a mix of short documentaries and daring narratives that are unlike no other. In Drummer’s Passion we meet a 70 year old Korean drumming sensation who is rediscovered on youTube not to be outdone by Grandpa’s Wet Dream that finds a 75 year old man embarking on a career in Japanese porn after retirement. We’ve got two coming out stories with musical numbers: You Can’t Curry Love brings us a love story with a dash of Bollywood,
and in The Queen we meet Bobby who fantasizes about his own special Prom. Also out of the box, we have A Moth in Spring, which takes us to China where a young Canadian filmmaker attempts to make a film, only to be shut down by the ministry of culture, which gives her a deeper understanding of her parents struggles for freedom in China 20 years ago.
This program is free for students with valid student ID. $2 VAFF Membership is still required.
GO CANUCKS GO
Part of VAFF’s Love Letters to Vancouver series.
Directors in Attendance
DIRECTORS: Adam Chan, Peter Planta
Music Video | Digital | Colour | 2011 | 3 min | Canada | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: VAFF Love Letters to Vancouver Presentation 2011; Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon 2011 Gala Screening.
A music video by Tyrone Pak and Sean Chiu that demonstrates a city’s love for their hockey team through their 2011 playoff run.
A DRUMMER’S PASSION
Director and Producer In Attendance
DIRECTOR / WRITER: Mingu Kim
PRODUCERS: Mingu Kim, Susan Lee-Pierce
Documentary | Digibeta | Colour/B&W | 2010 | 21 min | Canada | English and Korean with English subtitles
Kwon Soon Keun, the worldwide YouTube sensation, showcased his passion once again by putting on a concert to celebrate his 50th year of professional drumming. Once a celebrity back in Korea, as a member of renowned rock band, ADD-4, he later immigrated to Canada, and struggled living as a Korean-Canadian. But he never gave up playing, and now, he’s back in the spotlight at age 70.
DIRECTOR / WRITER: Christina Choe
PRODUCERS: Christina Choe, Gerry Kim
Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 2009 | 7:30 min | USA | English and Korean with English subtitles
Previous Screenings/Awards: Jury Award for Best Short Film (tie) – Philadlephia QFest 2011; “Best of Fest” – Palm Springs Int’l Short Fest, Telluride Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Seattle Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival; Nomination – Iris Prize (UK Film Council)
Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby creates his own night to remember.
YOU CAN’T CURRY LOVE
Director In Attendance
DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER: Reid Waterer
WRITERS: Reid Waterer, Rakshak Sahni, Rajan Velu
Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 2009 | 23 min | USA/India/UK | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: Special Jury Prize – Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival; Best Short – San Diego ‘FilmOut’ LGBT Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Houston; Asian Hot Shots Berlin Film & Arts Festival; Asian Queer Film Festival Tokyo; San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival
A handsome South Asian from London visits India, falls for a local guy, meets a transgendered “hijra”, and discovers a country he only thought he knew.
GRANDPA’S WET DREAM
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER / VIDEOGRAPHER / EDITOR: Chihiro Amemiya
Documentary | HDCAM | Colour | 2010 | 16 min | Japan/USA | Japanese with English subtitles
Previous Screenings/Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2011
Tokuda, a 75-year-old Japanese man, has been acting in adult videos for 15 years without telling his family. Competing with his senses of morals, shame, and guilt is his aspiration to mark his life as a unique existence.
A MOTH IN SPRING
DIRECTOR / WRITER / CAMERA / EDITOR: Yu Gu
PRODUCER: Jenny Chen
Documentary | HDCAM | Colour | 2010 | 26 min | USA/Canada/China | English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Previous Screenings/Awards: Hot Docs Int’l Documentary Festival 2010; AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs 2010; Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival 2010; Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2010; Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival 2010; San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival 2011; Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2011
Director Yu Gu returned to China in 2009 intending to shoot a script based on her childhood memories of her father’s struggle for artistic freedom. When she and her family are forced to leave the country by China’s Ministry of Culture, Yu discovers that the desire for freedom of speech is a force that unites three generations of her family, spanning China and North America.