Asian American International Film Festival

We are happy to announce that we are partnering with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) to promote the following programs!  Please take advantage of our 25% Community Partner discount rate for any program at AAIFF (excluding Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night).  Go to http://aaiff.org/2016/schedule and enter the promo code KASaaiff16 after you’ve added your desired ticket(s).

AAIFF is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.  This year, AAIFF will run from July 21 through July 30, 2016.  Please visit http://aaiff.org/2016 for more information.  AAIFF’s social media handle is @asiancinevision, and its hashtag this year is #aaiff2016.

OPENING PROGRAM: SPA NIGHT + VIP Pre-Reception & Gala Celebration | Dir. Andrew Ahn | USA | 7:00pm, Thurs., July 21 | Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021

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Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn’s debut feature film focuses on a young Korean-American man who tries to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles.  SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and will be AAIFF’s Opening Night film on Thursday, July 21, starting at 6:00pm with the VIP pre-reception, followed by a gala celebration after the screening.

MADE IN NEW YORK Shorts + Q&A | 7:00pm, Sat., July 23 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003

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This program showcases several of the very best short films to emerge out of the New York film scene.  Some deal in complex family drama, such as the father-son Korean taxi ride to the airport that goes much less smoothly than expected in Call Taxi.  Others explore the strange or profound, such as the man with a hole in his head who tries to hide his deformity in Cork Man.  And some films dive into race and racism, such as the 14 minute one-take shot of a heated exchange between a white woman and two black girls in Video.

PEOPLE ARE THE SKY: A JOURNEY TO NORTH KOREA WITH DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON (FREE!) | 7:00pm, Tue., July 26 | Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

In Kim-Gibson’s eighth and most personal film, the filmmaker makes a pilgrimage to her place of birth in North Korea for the first time in nearly 70 years, to explore if it is still home.  A mix of interviews epic images and graceful musings, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY offers some of the best political and social history of the relations between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of the meaning of home.