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9.25.2009

id film festival 2009


The second annual ID Film Festival, dedicated to contemporary digital films that explore and celebrate identity within the diverse Asian/Pacific Islander community, will present an international and local lineup of films next weekend, October 1-3 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

The festival will premiere several Hong Kong films, in addition to showcasing Asian Amerian films from the "Class of 1997": Michael Aki and Eric Nakamura's Sunsets, Rea Tajiri's Strawberry Fields, Chris Chan Lee's Yellow, Quentin Lee and Justin Lin's Shopping For Fangs -- all groundbreaking works in Asian American cinema. Here's the schedule:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1:
8 PM - OPENING NIGHT ($5.00 for Museum members, $8.00 non-members)
*Seikaku (Directed by Jaysn Kim)
*Sunsets (Directed by Michael Aki & Eric Nakamura): A special
never-before-seen new cut.This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2:
6 PM - Three Narrow Gates (Directed by Vincent Chui): US Premier. This film is
part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films

8 PM - King of Spy (Directed by Chu Ka Yat): US Premier. This film is part of
our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films.

10 PM - Citizen King (Directed by Johnson Lee & Ching Long): US Premier. This
film is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3:
12 PM - Lovers on the Road (Directed by Jessey Tsang): US Premier. This film
is part of our spotlight on Hong Kong Independent films

2 PM - Strawberry Fields (Directed by Rea Tajiri): This film is part of our
Class of 1997 retrospective and is FREE.

4 PM - Japanese American Shorts Program
* Half Kenneth (Directed by Ken Ochiai)
* A Song for Ourselves (Directed by Tad Nakamura)
* Pawns of the King (Directed by Ming Lai)

6 PM - Yellow (Directed byChris Chan Lee): This film is part of our Class of
1997 retrospective and is FREE.

8 PM - Shopping For Fangs (Directed by Quentin Lee & Justin Lin): This film is
part of our Class of 1997 retrospective and is FREE.

10 PM - Closing Reception
This is a really opportunity to see some true classics in Asian American cinema. Heck, I haven't seen any of these features -- Yellow, Shopping For Fangs, Strawberry Fields -- since they first premiered on the festival circuit way back when. The festival is free for JANM members; $5 non-members per program. Or you can buy a festival pass for $30. For more information about the ID Film Festival, visit the website here.