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Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival presents Backstory Podcast by Reel Asian is a podcast that highlights artists and issues relating to the Asian and Asian Canadian media landscape. Hosted by Aram Collier and Kelly Lui, the Reel Asian programming team is here to talk all things film. Uploaded monthly. Except when it isn’t.

Backstory is written and hosted by Aram Collier and Kelly Lui, and is produced by Seungwoo Baek.

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EPISODES

Irrational Summer Loves: It's Love that Never Ends

AUG 21, 2020

In preparation for his summer movie showdown last month, Aram had trained for weeks on end. He’s visited every local waterfall to train under, sparred with burning logs and smouldering bbq pits, and reached out to his closest confidants about their secret takes on Karate Kid II. In this episode, Aram shares with Backstory podcast the conversations he’s had with his friends and loved ones about their shared nostalgia and memories of Karate Kid II.

Follow the link here for an extended show note and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/ep6b-shownote

Content Warning: mild swearing

Irrational Summer Loves

JUL 31, 2020

Aram and Kelly share their summer movie picks with each other. What starts out as a congenial display of friendship and shared love for the cinema devolves into a thunderdome-styled fight to the bitter end of their friendship in defense of their honour and film tastes.

Follow the link here for extended show notes and the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep6-shownote

Content Warning: horror, violence on screen, gore, decapitation, body mutilation, nudity, death

Big Sky, Wild Mushrooms (feat. Howie Shia, Anne Koizumi) -- pt. 2

JUL 2, 2020

Aram and Kelly continue their talk with animator extraordinaire Howie Shia and master puppeteer Anne Koizuimi in an attempt to answer the question: “what is an animation?” This episode includes Anne Koizumi’s live commentary of IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES . The first part of the conversation included Howie Shia’s live commentary of MARCO’S ORIENTAL NOODLES. Both of their works can be found on YouTube and on CBC Gem.

Follow the link here for an extended show notes and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep5-shownote

Big Sky, Wild Mushrooms (feat. Howie Shia, Anne Koizumi) -- pt. 1

JUN 25, 2020

Aram and Kelly talk with animator extraordinaire Howie Shia and master puppeteer Anne Koizuimi in an attempt to answer the question: “what is an animation?” This episode includes Howie Shia’s live commentary of MARCO’S ORIENTAL NOODLES (https://youtu.be/IobYgrLpCX8). The second part of this conversation, which includes Anne Koizumi’s live commentary of IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES (https://youtu.be/nI85ahkSmSA), will be available next week. Both of their works can be found on YouTube and on CBC Gem.

Follow the link here for an extended show notes and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep4-shownote

#untiltomorrow (feat. Chris Chin)

MAY 28, 2020

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Aram and Kelly take a trip down memory lane(s) to reconnect with friends of the festival. They talk with Chris Chin, festival and operations manager for Reel Asian, about the festival’s latest archival campaign “#untiltomorrow”, which bring together works featured at past Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Content Warning: light swearing

Creative2Creative, Take One (feat. Albert Shin, Gloria Ui Young Kim) -- pt. 2

MAY 7, 2020

We continue on our conversation with Albert Shin and Gloria Ui Young Kim, delving deeper into the themes of creative distance and formative films. Albert and Gloria interview each other and become the first ever guests to make the gauntlet run of “7 RA Questions”.

Follow the link here for the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/backstory-ep2-transcript

Content Warning: mention of abuse, sexual violence, kidnapping.

Creative2Creative, Take One (feat. Albert Shin, Gloria Ui Young Kim) -- pt. 1

APR 30, 2020

In this inaugural episode, Aram and Kelly host Albert Shin (Disappearance at Clifton Hill) and Gloria Ui Young Kim (Queen of the Morning Calm) to talk about their respective works. Albert and Gloria interview each other and become the first ever guests to make the gauntlet run of “7 RA Questions”.

Follow the link here for the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/backstory-ep1-transcript

Content Warning: mention of abuse, sexual violence, kidnapping.

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