Online stardom, karaoke, and rock’n’roll all come together in this group of shorts about having good faith in one’s family and friends.
Dir: Julia Kwan | Canada 2007 | 18:20 | 35mm
Vancouver 1980 – A Chinese family uses their cut-out Sears coupon for a free family portrait. However, making them look like the perfect loving family will require more than fine clothing. With this new short, Julia Kwan continues to reveal the painful moments that face the family unit.
Julia Kwan is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who studied film and minored in psychology at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. Kwan made her feature film debut with Eve & The Fire Horse (2005) which has won the Writer’s Guild of Canada Script-writing Award, Best Direction for a First Feature Film Claude Jutra Award, and was recently nominated for five Genie Awards.
Dir: Heng Tang | Australia 2006 | 22:00 | 35mm | Canadian Premiere in Cantonese, Vietnamese, English with English Subtitles
Out for an evening of cat talk, all-you-can-eat buffet, and luck at the slots, these golden girls have been friends for life. When fortune strikes, an uncontrollable fever to role the dice seizes them and threatens to part them from more than just their chips.
Heng Tang studied architecture at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and completed a post-graduate degree in film directing at The Australian Film & Television School in 2001. Last Chip has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at Clermont Ferrand and the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival.
Dir: Jang-Ho Lee | South Korea 2007 | 16:20 | Digibeta | International Premiere | In Korean with English subtitles
Planning on going all the way tonight? It’s important to be prepared, so don’t forget to bring protection. This young man gets unexpected help from his girlfriend’s dad, resulting in one embarrassing situation after another.
Jang-Ho Lee currently works at the Graduate School of Multimedia & Film in Chung-Ang, South Korea.
We Belong Together
Dir: Leah Glushien, Maiko Tanaka | USA, Canada 2007 | 3:45 | MiniDV
Finding a connection on YouTube through personal renditions of Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together, filmmakers Glushien and Tanaka pay homage to online platforms, web-cam divas, and the pure desire to belong.
Leah Glushien is a Boston based-artist, and Maiko Tanaka is a Toronto-based curator/artist. They bonded over a common guilty pleasure for Mariah Carey in their first collaboration.
Dir: Kim Gok, Kim Sun | South Korea 2006 | 20:00 | Digibeta | North American Premiere | In Korean with English Subtitles
Ma-sun is suspected of being gay and is relentlessly taunted by everyone at school. When he turns out to be a wicked drummer he earns the respect of a well-liked classmate, Ma-taik. Rumors quickly spread that they are lovers, and Ma-taik must choose between his popularity or loyalty to his friend.
Kim Gok and Kim Sun are twin brothers born in Incheon, 1978, and have collaborated since their first work in 2001. Their films have been shown around the world, including the Venice International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Jeonju International Film Festival.