VAFF 16: Day 3 | Program 9
Tuesday October 9, 2012
PROGRAM 9 – CENTREPIECE PRESENTATION: SUNSET STORIES
DAY 3 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2012 | 7:00 PM
CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS
Does anyone still doubt the power of women? She can fight her way out of danger. She can find romance on transit with a glance. And in our Centrepiece Presentation film, she can deliver a bone marrow for transplant even if she has to chase all over Los Anageles down with an old flame to do it. SUNSET STORIES, co-directed by Ernesto Foronda, co-writer of the seminal BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, stars Monique Gabriela Curnen (THE DARK KNIGHT, CONTAGION) as a high strung nurse tasked with an important mission who gets tipped up and runs into her laidback ex, played by Asian American festival favourite Kung Sang (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS films). This program, a triple threat with EVERYONE WING CHUN TONIGHT, THE BUSS PASS, and SUNSET STORIES, is a powerful ladies’ night out which the gents will enjoy, too.
DIRECTORS: Ernesto Foronda, Silas Howard
PRODUCERS: Tatiana Kelly, Valerie Stadler
WRITERS: Ernesto Foronda, Valerie Stadler
USA | 2012 | Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 87 mins | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: Best Ensemble Acting Award by Grand Jury – LA Asian American Film Festival; US Premiere – SXSW Film Festival; OUTFEST Film Festival, NYC Latino Intl Film Festival
May, a high-strung and overly meticulous nurse, must return to Los Angeles to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant. Soon after her trip begins, her world turns upside down when past and present collide and she runs smack into JP, the man she left behind five years ago. Flustered, May loses the cooler containing the marrow. With only 24 hours remaining, the two embark on an offbeat search through the streets of Los Angeles only to discover that just when you think all is lost you find what you least expected.
EVERYBODY WING CHUN TONIGHT
Western Canadian Premiere
Filmmakers in Attendance
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Karen Suzuki
PRODUCERS: Karen Suzuki, Baun Mah
Canada | 2011 | Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 3 mins | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: Canadian Film Festival, Action on Film Intl Film Festival
Legend has it that Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed by a woman in China during the Ming Dynasty. Though it does not rely on strength, it can be brutal in its efficiency. The instincts that are developed through its study give great confidence to its practitioners to the point that fighting may not be necessary. It becomes a way of being.
THE BUS PASS
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER: Narissa Lee
USA | 2011 | Narrative | Digibeta | Colour | 3 mins | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: Audience Award for Best Lesbian Short – Hamburg Intl Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011
A woman sees the girl of her dreams on the train home from work. Will she dare take the plunge and ask for her number?