Test The Fest!

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Wondering if your system can handle our digital viewing portal? Unsure of how our ticketing system works? We recognize that the switch to new technology can make you feel uneasy with the unfamiliarity. That's why we've made this quick-and-easy test screening exercise for you to see how our ticketing (powered by Elevent) works and how you can access the viewing portal (powered by CineSend).

Click on the red BUY TICKET button to the right. A new window, powered by Elevent, will pop up over the site. Follow the on-screen directions.

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Don’t worry, you won’t be charged – tickets to this Test The Fest exercise are free!

When you finish checking out of your shopping cart, Elevent will take you to this screen:

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Because this screening is available right now, there is a blue “View” button. This is what will happen when you buy tickets to a screening after the festival has begun. → SKIP TO STEP 5

If you are buying in advance, you will see an indication of when the screening will be available instead of a “View” button. → GO TO STEP 3

Okay, so let’s imagine you bought a ticket in advance. You’ve checked out and gotten Elevent’s “Order Complete” screen with no view button, but an indication of when your screening will become available. For most titles, screenings become available at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 12, 2020. (The exception is the opening night film, Down A Dark Stairwell, which only becomes available at 7:00 PM on November 12).

At 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 – an hour before the films become available, you will receive a “Virtual Access” email from Elevent in your inbox. Look for the words “Virtual Access” in the subject header:

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You will receive a separate email for every film you buy access to. Since they all become available at the same time, you will get multiple emails at the same time.

When you open the virtual access email, you will see a big blue button in the center of the page:

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Click on the link to be taken to our viewing portal, powered by CineSend.

You will be taken to Reel Asian’s viewing portal, powered by CineSend. The link takes you right to the film’s play page:

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Click the play button, sit back, relax, and enjoy the screening!

3 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm




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A.K.A. Don Bonus

USA199565 minEnglishArchive PresentationDocumentary

Cambodian-born Sokly “Don Bonus” Ny takes a Hi8 camcorder into his final year of high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, documenting intersecting events happening at school, at home, and amongst friends and family. Filmed and released in 1995, the film can be seen as a forerunner of the now-popular diary or vlog documentary format, featuring raw footage and voiceover from Don Bonus.

Although made in the 1990s, the beats of the film are familiar and still relevant, moving through issues of low-income housing, gang violence, academic struggle, and family fractures, while also featuring communal celebration, youthful camaraderie and intimate family life. These scenes are simultaneously casual and intentional, recontextualized and given resonance through Don Bonus’ frank, teenage monologic reflections.

A.K.A Don Bonus highlights how the stories that came before us, although constructed from their time and space, can continue to speak powerfully into our present.

– Jasmine Gui


Sokly Ny


Berlin International Film Festival, 1996
San Francisco Film Festival, 1995

National Emmy Award, 1996
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Festival, 1995

Director Bio

Spencer Nakasako

Spencer Nakasako has over three decades of experience as an independent filmmaker and is the founder of the groundbreaking Media Lab at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Nakasako is a member of the Writers Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm



Live online Masterclass with director Spencer Nakasako

Deep dive into narrative construction with director Spencer Nakasako & filmmaker Miko Revereza! ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services.

November 17, 2020 at 6:30PM

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