Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 7:30p -
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 7:00p
Brattle Theatre + ArtsEmerson Bright Family Screening Room
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date Idea, Film, Festivals & Fairs
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), announces a provocative and entertaining program of independent cinema highlighting recent, significant works by and/or about Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora. The festival theme is Home in America, celebrating the diverse stories about how and why America is home.
This year, the festival takes place October 22 to 25, 2015 in Boston at ArtsEmerson’s Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center and in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre.
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) is pleased to announce the 2015 festival will open with a special presentation of the ‘80s teen comedy from filmmaker Benson Lee (Planet B-Boy, Battle of the Year): Seoul Searching, an official Sundance Selection, LA Film Festival Gala Presenation and winner of the CAAMFest Audience Award.
The coming-of-age film stars Justin Chon (Twilight Saga series, 21 and Over), Esteban Ahn, a.k.a Hispanic Korean musical artist Sanchobeatz from the popular YouTube channel CoreanoLoco, and features actors Uatchet Jin Juch & Nekhebet Kum Juch of Beverly, MA. Seoul Searching is a 1980s John Hughes inspired romantic teen comedy about a group of Korean misfits from around the world forced by their parents to attend a cultural propaganda camp in Seoul resulting in the best summer of their lives.
The opening film will screen at 7:30PM on Thursday, October 22nd at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA. Writer and Director Benson Lee, will be in attendance.
The festival’s centerpiece film will feature The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, produced, directed, written, and edited by Oscar®-nominated and triple-Sundance award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong (Hollywood Chinese, Forbidden City USA), The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor is a singular documentary on one of the most well-known survivors of the Cambodian genocide. Arthur Dong will be present for this screening (Saturday, October 24 at 6:15pm, Paramount Center)
The Boston Asian American Film Festival will close with the film Miss India America, a comedy by Ravi Kapoor, where Election and Legally Blonde meets the world of Indian-American beauty pageants. An ambitious teenager whose lifelong plans are ruined when her boyfriend falls for the reigning Miss India National beauty queen, leaving her no choice but to try to become Miss India National herself. The film is both a South Asian story, and an American story about the way we define success. Miss India America won the CAAMFest Comcast Narrative Jury Award, and LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Best Screenplay Award. Meera Simhan, writer, creative producer, and actress; whose one-woman stage show, Miss India America, provided the basis for the film, will also be in attendance (Sunday, October 25 at 5pm, Paramount Center).
Photography opportunities will take place prior to each screening, and following the screening there will be a conversation/Q&A with film talent in attendance.
The full festival line up will be released in late September, and tickets will be on sale by October 5th. For more information please visit: www.baaff.org