The Slant Film Festival

If you can make it this weekend down to Houston, there’s The Slant Film Festival. Here’s some of the press release info:

The 7th annual Slant Film Festival
Asian American Short Films
May 19-20, Aurora Picture Show, HoustonThe Aurora Picture Show is proud to present Slant: Bold Asian American Images , an annual film festival screening an eclectic mix of the best in Asian American cinema. You can always count on a few mainstays at Slant: the smashing of stereotypes, off-beat comedies, and family stories.

Program 1: Children, Young & Grown
Saturday, May 19, at 8pm

Children try to find safety from a harsh world, whether it’s the little boy practicing his karate moves in Siu Ta’s Kata Practice, or the children in Tze Chun’s Windowbreaker, who build traps to protect their home. Vivid imaginations take hold during the summer in Suzi Yoonessi’s whimsical Dear Lemon Lima and in Kimi Takesue’s The Summer of the Serpent.

Two films also explore the relationships between parents and their grown children. A mother and son take a final journey together in Jae-Ho Chang’s The Last Vacation while a movie director confronts his father in Lead Role: Father by PJ Raval.

Program 2: Best of Slant & More!
Sunday May 20, at 3pm

Get ready for some of Slant’s greatest hits! In celebration of a Best of Slant DVD compilation to be released later this summer, this program inc! ludes a few audience favorites from past years of the festival. Wes Kim’s Profiles in Science takes a quirky look at one man’s unwavering pursuit of scientific knowledge. A pie maker tries to explain himself in Nobu Ailman’s faux documentary I Pie (A Love Story) . Maritess V.S. the Superfriends, an animation by Dino Ignacio, tells the plight of the Superfriends’ Filipina maid. And Doan La’s comedy Dragon of Love chronicles one man’s dating disaster when he meets the woman of his dreams.

But wait, there’s more! Sunday’s program will also feature the Texas premieres of three films: Josh Kim’s The Police Box, a charming story of romantic crushes; Frank Yeean Chan’s cycling adventure Russian Hill Roulette; and Ling Liu’s Officer Tsukamoto, a documentary about the unsolved 1970 murder of a police officer.

Tickets & A Sneak Peak at San Francisco Dates
General Admission is $6 or Free with All Access Pass.

Purchase tickets online at Aurora Picture Show
Screenings take place at: 800 Aurora Street, Houston, TX 77009
713.868.2101, aurora@aurorapictureshow.org

For the first time, the festival will also travel to San Francisco later this summer, playing at the 4 Star Theater on Saturday, July 21st. Kearny Street Workshop will co-host a DVD release party for the Best of Slant DVD on July 19th. Stay tuned for more details! Slant is co-sponsored by Hyphen magazine.

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