VAFF 16: Day 4 | Program 13

Tuesday October 9, 2012

PROGRAM 13 – CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION: WHITE FROG

DAY 4 – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2012 | 8:00 PM<

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It’s only fitting VAFF closes out the festival with VAFF alum Quentin Lee’s fifth feature White Frog. Taking a fascinating thematic departure from his previous films Shopping For Fangs (VAFF ’97), 0506HK (VAFF ’07), and The Prople I’ve Slept With (VAFF ’11), White Frog stars some of the most established and recognizable Asian American talent including Joan Chen, B.D. Wong (Law and Order), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) and break-out stars, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf). In this film Lee masterfully intertwines a coming of age journey with a family drama while addressing the little known reality of living with an autistic disorder. Suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, Nick (Stewart) finds his world turned upside down when his tragedy strikes his older brother, Chaz (Shum Jr.).


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WHITE FROG


Canadian Premiere
Filmmakers in Attendance
TRAILER

DIRECTOR: Quentin Lee
PRODUCERS: Chris Lee, Joel Soisson, Ellie Wen
WRITERS: Fabienne Wen, Ellie Wen
USA | 2012 | Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 93 mins | English

Previous Screenings/Awards: World Premiere – San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2012; Los Angeles Premiere – Outfest Film Festival 2012

White Frog is a coming-of-age story about 15 year old Nick Young (Booboo Stewart), a neglected teen with Asperger’s Syndrome whose life is challenged and ultimately changed forever when tragedy hits his family. Taken under the wing of his brother’s best friends, he is forced out of his comfort zone and must reconcile who he was and who he wants to become. It is a universal story about the power of family, friendship, and love appealing to a broad audience in the same way as Ordinary People and Stand By Me.


PRECEDED BY

SECOND BEST


Canadian Premiere

DIRECTOR: Jason Z. Wong
PRODUCER: Justin Bell, Jon Kondrath, Rebecca Larsen
USA | 2011 | Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 20 mins | Hindi and English with English subtitles

Previous Screenings/Awards: Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2011, NewFilmmakers LA Festival 2011, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2011, Newport Beach Film Festival 2011

Every summer, sisters Taila and Deepa ship off to Hindi Camp with their family for a weekend of yoga, matchmaking, and East Indian culture. But this year, the girls are without their mother, and their widowed father Raajesh is left picking up the slack. Overwhelmed by his newfound responsibilities, Raajesh applies extra pressure on the girls to win the camp’s annual Hindi Speaking Competition and its $10,000 college scholarship prize. But when the girls’ sibling rivalry erupts onstage, the family must reconsider what it means to be a “winner” in each other’s eyes and in the community.


Eventbrite - VAFF 16 | November 1-4, 2012