10th annual slant: bold asian american images

Hey Houston! The Slant Film Festival returns this weekend, May 21-23, to the Aurora Picture Show. They're celebrating ten years! And doing it with style, bringing you some of the best works in Asian American cinema, as well as live performances from Asian American artists.

The festival kicks off with a screening of the latest in Asian American short films. Then Slant's centerpiece showcase is a special evening of live performance with film, featuring writer Neelanjana Banerjee and musicians Robin Dukhadia and Goh Nakamura. The festival wraps with a free salon led by award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval. Here are some program details:
Friday, May 21, 7 pm
Slant 10: Bold Asian American Images
Curator Melissa Hung and filmmaker J.P. Chan in attendance
Location: Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk Street
$7 Non-Members, Aurora Picture Show Members Free

This annual Aurora program showcases an eclectic mix of the best short films made by Asian American artists, many of which are being shown in Texas for the first time. The program includes films by: J.P. Chan, Greg Pak, Annetta Marion, Mio Adilman, Adele Pham, Wendy J.N. Lee, and Prithi Gowda.

Saturday, May 22, 7 pm
Slant 10 Live: The Neo-Benshi Experience
Featuring Neelanjana Banerjee, Robin Sukhadia, and Goh Nakamura
Location: Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk Street
$7 Non-Members, Aurora Picture Show Members Free

Join us for a special evening of live performances with film. Neelanjana Banerjee and Robin Sukhadia perform neo-benshi by writing their own scripts and soundtracks, re-imagining classic Bollywood films to hilarious effect. Singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura performs a live score to new work by filmmaker Dino Ignacio.

Sunday, May 23, 1 pm
Slant 10: Working Niche Markets with PJ RavalLocation: Aurora Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross
Free Admission

Known for his success in both the Asian American and GLBT film community, PJ Raval hosts a free discussion on his experiences with niche markets of the indie filmmaking world. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine's '25 new faces of independent film,' PJ has screened his work at Slant over the years, most recently Lead Role: Father in 2007.
Dude, Slant is ten years old! Think about all the awesome stuff that's happened in Asian American cinema over the last ten years. For more information about Slant, which includes event info and blog entries looking back at the films and filmmakers who have shown at Slant over the years, check out the festival website here.

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