So the festival officially kicks off this year on the 12th of November (tomorrow) and goes until the 16th. But a number of events have been taking place already.
It started last month with Empty Orchestra, a karaoke-themed installation at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Hart House, University of Toronto. It opened on October 16 with a reception and continues running until November 13. It features the work of five artists and was curated by Maiko Tanaka & Heather Keung (Artistic Director of Reel Asian).
The official press launch of Reel Asian was held on October 21 at the Japan Foundation. It was then that I found out not only that my short film “The Audience” screens ahead of the feature film West 32nd by Michael Kang on the Saturday the 15th at 8:15; but also I’m a finalist in the Pitch Competition being held at 1:30 that afternoon. We had a coaching session for the pitching on October 30 with Gerry Flahive of the Narional Film Board. He gave us all really good feedback and the stories all sounded quite interesting and unique.
Yesterday, I went by the office to pick up my pass for the festival. While I was there, I recorded a blurb to be played as part of the intros during the pitch sessions. Then I joined Heather, Vancouver-based featured artist Paul Wong, and a host of others on the ” Wong-mobile-A-Go-Go,” a chartered bus that took us to Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga while screening some of Paul’s work.
Once we arrived at Blackwood at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, there was a brief reception for his video exhibition, Running in a Maze. After introductions, he presented an artist talk, giving details and insights into his fascinating history and body of work. In addition to Running in a Maze, you can see his work East Van John at V tape, 401 Richmond St W, #452; and Class of Refugee at Malton Public Library.
Tonight Reel Asian and CinemAsia present Sabu Soirée — a screening of Sabu’s Monday followed by a talk by Eric Cazdyn and party for CinemAsia. This starts at 6:30 at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave).
All this before the festival officially opens tomorrow night!