The 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is October 11-18, 2007
eNews : October 14, 2007

Festival News

Sunday's festival lineup offers a full day of films plus an intimate discussion with the legendary actor, internment camp survivor, and humanitarian, George Takei. Although the weekend will soon be over, the festival continues for five more days, culminating in the West Coast Premiere of Michael Kang's WEST 32nd on Thursday, October 18.

Winning Films of the 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

Congratulations to the following filmmakers awarded at the 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. Most of these award-winning films have multiple screenings, so you can still see them before this year's festival ends on Thursday, October 18.

Music Video
Patricio Ginelsa, director

Gaelle Denis, director

Short Documentary
Carolyn Goossen & Daffodil Altan, directors

Dramatic Narrative Short
Shyam Balse, director

Feature Documentary
Lisette Flanary, Director

Dramatic Narrative Feature
Stephane Gauger, director

Grand Jury
Linda Hattendorf, director

An Intimate Discussion with George Takei, Today at 1 PM

With millions of fans around the world, George Takei is arguably Asian America's most famous living icon. Best known for his distinctive voice and portrayal of Mr. Sulu (or Lt. Hikaru Sulu for you Trekkies) on the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, George has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.

Even today, George continues his remarkable career as a recurring character on the popular NBC show, Heroes, playing Kaito Nakamura, the father of time-traveler Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka). You can also catch him as a semi-regular on Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio show, where he has garnered praise from loyal Stern fans for his sense of humor, honesty, and his booming laugh.

George's notoriety has also given him the platform to share his experiences of spending most of his childhood in American internment camps during World War II. He is an outspoken community activist and a member of the Human Rights Campaign, having traveled the country to speak on civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans.

For his five decades in Hollywood and his invaluable contributions to society, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation is honoring George Takei with a lifetime achievement award, and we will host THE TREK OF GEORGE TAKEI: AN INTIMATE DISCUSSION with him on his career, his life, and legacy.

This event will be broadcast live on the internet today from 1-2:30 PM. See it live on The Buzz.

REEL VOICES Teen Documentaries Premiere Today at Free Screening

This year, the festival will feature more youth-produced work than ever before with the world premiere of 8 documentaries created through our REEL VOICES PROJECT, a year-long documentary production internship for local high school students. Since 2005, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation has produced 21 short documentaries, teaching youth how to empower themselves through the media arts. Many of these student works have been selected to screen at film festivals across the nation.

REEL VOICES premieres October 14 at 11:30 AM at a FREE public screening. All 8 student filmmakers will be in attendance, with stories that include:

– A MODERN WITCH HUNT: THE DALE AKIKI STORY, directed by Adam Lee. Adam is the son of the San Diego public defender who worked to win Akiki his freedom. "A San Diego church volunteer made national headlines when he was accused of child molestation and ritual satanic abuse."

– NANAY, directed by Roland Lazarte. This moving documentary chronicles the filmmaker's family as they gather together to reflect after the matriarch of the family falls ill. "A young man witnesses the power of love and family when old age finally catches up with his 91 year-old grandmother."

Meet Jane Kim from TIE A YELLOW RIBBON and WEST 32nd

Jane Kim on her path to becoming an actor: "I think deep down in my heart, I knew this was my path. However, my rational and sensible side pushed me towards becoming an international lawyer. I was on the debate team in high school and was very academic. However, I kept dipping my feet into the entertainment business as I got sponsored to do pageants and actually won. I was Miss Preteen Atlanta and Miss Georgia Teen USA and even ended up competing in Miss Korea."

Continue reading the interview here.

Meet Jane in person at the screening of TIE A YELLOW RIBBON on Sunday, Oct 14 at 2:45 PM.

Q&A with David Grabias, Co-Director of the Eye-Opening Documentary, SENTENCED HOME

SENTENCED HOME follows three Cambodian American men who after serving the full sentence for their crimes are deported back to a country that had tortured and murdered their families. Co-director David Grabias hopes his film "encourages people to reconsider the laws and lobby for change."

Read our Q&A with director David Grabias here.

Meet David at the screening of SENTENCED HOME on Sunday, Oct 14 at 12:15 PM. You can also see the documentary on Wednesday, Oct 17 at 5:15 PM.

Films Today

Browse the festival schedule

Reel Voices
11:30 AM

Sentenced Home
12:15 PM

All Around the World
12:30 PM

The Trek of George Takei: An Intimate Discussion
1:00 PM

Owl and the Sparrow
1:45 PM

Dim Sum and Then Some
2:30 PM

Tie a Yellow Ribbon
2:45 PM

Cats of Mirikitani
3:15 PM

Hula Girls
4:30 PM

5:00 PM

No Regret
5:15 PM

Local Motion
5:30 PM

Rainbow Song
7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Ang Pamana: The Inheritance
7:45 PM

After This Our Exile
8:00 PM

Upcoming Events

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

WEST 32nd, Closing Night
Oct 18
UltraStar, Hazard Center

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Thank you for supporting Asian American cinema.

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3 Responses to SDAFF Day 4

  1. SerenityLife says:

    Ahhh! This looks so good! I would be having a blast if I were out there in San Diego. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mikey says:

    Maybe you can come next year? Always a good show! The Japanese film Hula Girls is awesome!!Sorry I am behind conversing… all these films takes it out of me. Like a kid in a candy store! ^^

  3. SerenityLife says:

    Please..sometimes I wonder how I have time to blog but I love to learn! Thanks for sharing!

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