Each year, Reel Asian highlights the cinematic accomplishments of Asian Canadian filmmakers. Of the 60 titles in this year’s selection, an astounding 30 films are Canadian, including 16 world premieres. Reel Asian is honoured to welcome over 30 Canadian filmmakers, artists and guest speakers to the festival. Canadian highlights include:
Canadian Spotlight On Richard Fung October 25 – 26, 2013
OCADU Gallery, Innis Town Hall and Bloor Cinema
Born in Trinidad and raised in Toronto, Richard Fung has driven cultural debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy borderlands of culture and politics. Featuring a retrospective of Fung’s work, including Reel Asian’s 2012 Audience Choice Winner, Dal Puri Diaspora.
Live Presentation Film & Dance: Sprung
Wed Nov 13, 8:00pm – Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
Curated by Nadine Villasin & Heather Keung | All films rated G
This dance-themed commission project brings together the collaborative efforts of talented filmmakers and dynamic performers in a range of fringe styles including waacking, poppin’, Filipino folk, athletic, conceptual and contemporary.
Feature Presentation: Silk Road of Pop
Fri Nov 8, 6:00pm – The Royal
Director: Sameer Farooq | Canada/China/Holland/Belgium 2012 | 53:00 | Mandarin and Uyghur with English subtitles | Rated PG | Canadian Premiere
The Central Asian music scene is alive and roaring. A documentary about Uyghur rap crews, rock stars and their fans in the northwest of China. Preceded by Vultures of Tibet (Russell O. Bush, USA/Canada 2013)
Feature Presentation: Farah Goes Bang
Sat 9, 4:00pm – The Royal Director: Meera Menon (in attendance) | USA 2013 | 93:00 | English | Rated PG | International Premiere
Farah is a 20-year-old, fun-loving, Bush-hating, Iranian-American virgin. With her two besties, she sets off to campaign for US presidential candidate John Kerry and get laid in this fresh take on young American feminism. Preceded by Dosa Hunt (Amrit Singh USA 2012)
SHORTS PRESENTATION: PAPER TRACE
Letters from Pyongyang (director Jason Lee, Canada 2012) is about Korean Canadian filmmaker Lee’s search for long-lost relatives in North Korea. Amalgamations (director Elaine Poon, Canada 2012) is a love story between a young poet and his muse. Winner of Best Student Film at Canada International Film Festival and official selection at the Short Film Corner in Cannes.
SHORTS PRESENTATION: COME TOGETHER
In Ramen Party! (director Lillian Chan, Canada 2013), ingredients for a ramen feast come alive in this animated short. Ramen Party! is part of a larger interactive project to get children excited about food and includes a new soundtrack by turntablist Kid Koala. In A Time is a Terrible Thing to Waste (director Leslie Supnet, Canada 2012), Supnet collaborates with Winnipeg storyteller Glen Johnson to present a contemplative comic fantasy about a time-obsessed squirrel. Supnet’s work aims to represent sincerity, lived experience and the multiplicity of human emotion. She is the recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC On The Rise Award.
SHORTS PRESENTATION: YOUTH VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP: UNSUNG VOICES 2
Directors: Betty Xie, Christina Zuckerman Shure, Nicole Wong, Simu Liu, Shehzeb Ifthakar, Tiffany Kwan, Canada 2013, World Premiere
Unsung Voices 2 bring together six ambitious young first-time filmmakers, ages 15 to 29, who each take on the challenge to produce a short video within six weeks, which will then premiere at this year’s festival in November.
Gallery Installations: On the Subject of Ghosts: Cindy Mochizuki and Ed Pien
Curated by Irene Loughlin Oct 10 – Nov 7, 2013 Hamilton Artists Inc.155 James St. N. Hamilton theinc.ca
Asian-Canadian artists Cindy Mochizuki and Ed Pien present two immersive multimedia installations about ghosts using a telephone booth, a fog machine and paper forests.
Brown Globe, Artist: Kristina Lee Podesva (Nov 5 – Dec 1)
Curated by Johnson Ngo, co-presented by the Blackwood Gallery
At 15 feet high, Brown Globe (2007) by Kristina Lee Podesva is a playful, inflatable monument in the shape of the world. Kristina will be presenting an artist talk on Nov 27, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 170 St. George St, Rm JHB100.