The 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is October 11-18, 2007
eNews : October 13, 2007

Festival News

Today's Panels and Workshops

Break Another Leg: SD AART Theatre Workshop
Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 AM
DoubleTree Hotel, Sonoma Room

Are you interested in entering the world of theater, acting in films, TV, or commercials? SDSU Professor and Theatre director Peter Cirino and AART board member and actress Elise Kim Prosser, Ph.D. will co-facilitate a workshop for those interested in theatre and acting. This multi-dimensional workshop will explore theatre training, acting, agents, auditions, headshots, etc. Participants in last year's workshop were hired for roles in a 2007 AART production. AART Board President Louie Nguyen will also offer opportunities for involvement.

The New Media: Using Web Video to Make Your Voice Heard
Free event
Saturday, October 13 at 11:30 AM
UltraStar Hazard Center

Industry experts and filmmakers share advice in this free panel on how to best market your film on the web and examine the latest in technology. Moderated by Dean Lim (XDL films, "On the Lot") who brings his expertise on digital filmmaking and marketing to the masses. Scheduled panelists including Tom Defanti (CineGrid), Ben Cote (DivX), Roman Cortez (, and Dr. Eric Pierson (USD). Panel is free and open to public.

Dishing with the Stars: A Celebrity Panel
Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 PM
UltraStar Hazard Center

Our favorite Asian American celebs give us a dose of reality when it comes to surviving in Hollywood. It's not all glitz and glamour, so why do they do it? From type-casting and scoring the dream role to indie projects and their MySpace pages, a no-holds barred discussion.

Moderated by Lee Ann Kim & Martin Wong, Giant Robot Co-Editor

Scheduled to speak:
Joy Bisco (Days of Our Lives)
Roger Fan (Annapolis)
James Kyson Lee (Heroes)
Leonardo Nam (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Perfect Score)
Jelynn Rodriguez (Host of The Drop)
Ron Yuan (CSI, Baby)
Yul Kwon, (Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands)

Live Broadcast from the Gala Awards Dinner, Tonight at 8

Tune into The Buzz for a live broadcast of our Gala Awards Dinner tonight at 8-9 PM. At the sold out, star-studded event we will be awarding filmmakers showing at the festival and honoring George Takei with a lifetime achievement award. Takei will be in attendance as we celebrate his 49 years (and counting) in Hollywood as a pioneering Asian American actor.

See it live on The Buzz.

DARK MATTER, Spotlight Film Today at 5:10 PM

Director Chen Shi-Zheng's DARK MATTER plunges the expansive and progressive world of academia into darkened corners – the film is loosely based on the true story of Gang Lu, a brilliant young physicist from China whose talents met a tragic end at an American university in 1991.

Continue reading Charles Nguyen's article on our spotlight film, DARK MATTER.

Click here for more information about DARK MATTER and tonight's screening.

Blowfish: Unplugged Live Music Showcase in the UltraStar Lobby

While enjoying some of the best movies and short films that the Asian Pacific Islander community has to offer, take some time out to experience the eclectic acoustic styles of some of Southern California's most talented musicians. The second annual Blowfish: Unplugged brings together a laid back afternoon of singer/songwriter entertainment for a showcase that will blow your mind. This is a free event.

Featured Performers:
Saturday, Oct 13
Lindsey Yung – 1:30 PM
Jason Turtle – 2:15 PM
Brenda Xu – 3:20 PM
Joanie Mendenhall – 4:20 PM
Big Phony – 4:55 PM
Terry Matsuoka – 5:40 PM

*Just Added:
Sunday, Oct 14
SDMA winners The Grams – 3:00 PM

New Festival Pics Added Daily to The Buzz

The selection of festival pictures keeps growing on The Buzz. Take a look at the festival galleries of these fine photographers:

Meet Yul Kwon at the Bone Marrow Drive Today at the Festival

Help save lives by registering with the national bone marrow registry! It just takes a simple cotton swab of the mouth.

This drive is dedicated to little Jonah Chuang, born in August with a rare bone marrow disease. Meet Survivor: Cook Islands winner, Yul Kwon, who shares a personal story of losing his best friend to leukemia. The bone marrow drive will be outside in front of the UltraStar Hazard Center on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 4-9 PM.

Films Today

Browse the festival schedule

Break Another Leg: SD AART Theatre Workshop
10:30 AM

The New Media: Using Web Video to Make Your Voice Heard
11:30 AM

What the Snow Brings
12:00 PM

Know Justice, Know Peace
12:30 PM

1:00 PM (Rush line only)

Dishing with the Stars: A Celebrity Panel
2:00 PM

American Pastime
2:30 PM (Rush line only)

Animation: The Illusion of Life
3:00 PM (Rush line only)

The Rebel
3:15 PM

Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula
4:00 PM

Dark Matter
5:10 PM

5:30 PM

I'm a Cyborg But That's Ok
6:00 PM

Love Is a Battlefield
6:15 PM

7:30 PM

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of An Osaka Love Thief
7:45 PM

8:30 PM

8:45 PM

Heaven Is Too Far Away
9:30 PM

Upcoming Events

Bone Marrow Drive w/ Yul Kwon
Oct 12-13, 4-9 PM
UltraStar, Hazard Center
event details

Blowfish: Unplugged
Oct 13-14
UltraStar, Hazard Center
Free event
event details

Live Coverage from Gala Awards
Oct 13, 8-9 PM
Doubletree Hotel, Mission Valley
see it live on The Buzz

Live Coverage, George Takei
Oct 14, 1-2:30 PM
UltraStar, Hazard Center
event details
see it live on The Buzz

From Our Sponsors

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