Philadelphia has a strong, emerging film industry and one of the largest Asian American populations in the country. (Photo courtesy PAAFF)
Philadelphia loves its film festivals, and the Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), presented by HBO, is certainly one of them.
Now in its fourth year, PAAFF is the first event of its kind in Philadelphia that celebrates and elevates the Asian American experience by screening culturally relevant films to a broad and diverse audience.
A free and open-to-the-public Launch Night screening and reception will kick off the festival on Wednesday, November 2 at the Asian American Arts Initiative, with a live B-Boy performance and a screening of the exciting break-dance documentary “Among B-Boys,” followed by an Opening Night on November 3 with a screening of the romantic comedy “Wedding Palace” featuring popular actor Brian Tee (who also starred in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift).
The 2011 Festival will showcase a total of 6 narrative feature films, 4 documentaries, 2 short films and a special (and free!) live music and film event titled “Suite Suite Chinatown” featuring a live performance by Philly musician Jason Min, on November 5 at the Ibrahim Theater at the International House.
PAAFF screenings and events will be held at three venues across town: the Ibrahim Theater at the International House, the Asian Arts Initiative and the Prince Music Theater. All films are in English with some being subtitled.
Be sure to check out the interactive festival guide and the full line-up of films and events here.
2011 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
When: November 2-8
Where: Ibrahim Theater at the International House (3701 Chestnut Street), the Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street) and the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street)
Cost: $8 General Admission; $6 Students or Seniors
More info: www.phillyasianfilmfest.org