VAFF 16: Day 1 | Program 1

Tuesday October 2, 2012


DAY 1 – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM


Kicking off VAFF’s sweet sixteen year is Daylight Savings a much-anticipated follow up to last year’s sold-out closing night film Surrogate Valentine. Having its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year, this is the next chapter of affable indie musician Goh’s life, picking it up one year later. Looking like he’s moved on from his childhood crush, Rachel (Lynn Chen, Surrogate Valentine, Saving Face) with Erika (Ayako Fujitani), he is unexpectedly dumped over Skype and picks up the pieces by having adventures with his loose canon cousin, Mike (Michael Aki, Charlotte Sometimes) and Yea-Ming Chen (of San Francisco band DreamDate). Director David Boyle (White On Rice, VAFF ’09 and Surrogate Valentine, VAFF ’11) hits exactly the right notes of easy-going West Coast indie vibe and subtle, slightly darker complexities than its predecessor.

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Eventbrite - VAFF 16 | November 1-4, 2012


Canadian Premiere
Goh Nakamura and Yea-Ming Chen in Attendance

DIRECTOR: Dave Boyle
PRODUCERS: Duane Andersen, Michael Lerman
WRITERS: Dave Boyle, Michael Lerman, Joel Clark, Goh Nakamura
USA | 2012 | Narrative | HDCAM | B&W | 98 mins | English

Previous Screenings/Awards: Best Ensemble Performance – 2012 Asian Film Festival of Dallas; World Premiere – SXSW Film Festival; SFIAAFF, Cleveland Intl Film Festival, Chicago Asian American Film Festival, LA Asian American Pacific Film Festival, Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Daylight Savings rejoins San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura one year after the first installment of the Surrogate Valentine Trilogy. This time around, Goh finds commercial success in his fledgling career when his song gets licensed in a national TV commercial for an anti-depressant medication. With newfound fame, an upcoming national tour, and a decision to settle down in Los Angeles with his long distance girlfriend Erika (Ayako Fujitani, Tokyo!), Goh finds himself devastated when he gets dumped on Skype right before the big move.

To further complicate matters, he reconnects with old flame Rachel (Lynn Chen, Surrogate Valentine), but finds himself drawn toward indie musician Yea-Ming (playing herself) who he meets at his going-away party. Goh’s cousin Mike (Michael Aki, Charlotte Sometimes), a ‘man with a plan’ comes to Goh’s rescue, but their road trip goes awry and Goh is forced to face his romantic issues on his own.



Canadian Premiere
Filmmakers in Attendance

DIRECTOR: Jessica dela Merced
PRODUCER: Marjorie Lin
USA | 2011 | Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 14 mins | English

Previous Screenings/Awards: Winner – Chicago Filipino American FF, Official Selection – cineManila Film Festival, SFAAFF, Newport Beach Film Festival, DisOrient Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, NY Asian American Intl Film Festival

Lenny Blanco, a Filipino-American teenager, just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately her overbearing and image-obsessed mother has other plans, forcing Lenny to model for a skin lightening cream to increase her cosmetic sales. Swayed by the prospect of attention from both her mother and a cute boy, Lenny concedes to the bleaching process at the price of her identity, and possibly her health. Beauty, race, and American identity clash in this ‘dark’ comedy as Lenny struggles to reclaim herself.

Eventbrite - VAFF 16 | November 1-4, 2012