The annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival returns on Wednesday, November 13 for nearly ten days of films, discussions and events featuring members of the Asian film community. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival)
This month, the best in Asian film takes over International House Philadelphia and the Asian Arts Initiative for the annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival from November 13 through 23, with a break from November 18 through 21.
From short films to feature films to director visits to panel discussions, the festival is set to explore Asian American film to the fullest.
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival launches with a screening of Sake Bomb, a comedic film about two cousins, at the Ibrahim Theater at International House tomorrow, November 13 at 7 p.m. Following the screening of Sake Bomb, look forward to Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story at 9:30 p.m., the film tells the story of Jeremy Lin and his rise as a figure in the world of professional basketball.
The festival officially opens on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m., with a screening of Someone I Used to Know, a film about a emotionally lost teacher and his crazy night out in Los Angeles with old friends. Following the film, hear a question and answer session with cast members and the director and an opening night reception featuring beer, wine, sushi and live music.
For the centerpiece, the festival screens the Philadelphia premiere of Innocent Blood, the story of a retired federal agent whose past mistakes are brought to light after his son is kidnapped. The film is slated to make its debut on Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the International House Philadelphia.
In addition to screenings, the annual film festival also ushers in Asian and Asian American directors, producers and media figureheads for panels, question and answer sessions and more.
On Saturday, November 16 at 5 p.m., join in a free discussion about the subject of Mainstreaming Diversity in Film and TV, hear about the increase of Asian Americans in mainstream media and behind the scenes. Join members of the media community as they come together to share their thoughts on the topic.
The full list of films and events is available here.
Tickets are available online or at the door. Film screenings are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors.
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
When: November 13-17, 22-23
Where: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street and Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: $8 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors
More info: www.phillyasianfilmfest.org