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7 films in package
LONGING juxtaposes humid views in Taiwan with childhood photos in the Pacific Northwest, exploring the split identities of being Taiwanese American and what could have been if the filmmaker had been raised in Taiwan instead.
A quiet, up-close reflection on masculinity and the meaning of the word "skinny” — delicately captured on 16mm film.
BIRD, MAN, WATER explores the the perspectives of a cormorant, fisherman, and river in China. In three parts, it highlights how seemingly different elements are all intricately interconnected.
In the middle of nowhere on the Oklahoma-Texas border, a truck stop run by a Punjabi family is a nexus for a small but growing community of Indian long-haul truck drivers.
A short documentary about a young ceramic artist exploring the Canadian and Korean influences on his functional wares. The film examines themes of cross-cultural identity, beauty in utility, and finding purpose in one's art.
A young woman is met with a choice of moving in with her boyfriend or pursuing her dream of becoming a chef at her father’s Chinatown restaurant. However, plans become complicated after an upsetting discovery.
Lingering Q&A
Moderated by Em Halladay Ptaček Choi with Amanda Ann-Min Wong (director, An Object of Merit), George Du (co-director, Why Don’t You Eat More?), Dinesh Das Sabu (director, Srkana (the stop)), Sarah Choi (director, Bird, Man, Water), and Yuechen Hao (director, One Meal).
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Opportunities to slow down and turn inwards can be hard to come by. Especially in light of a year full of stress and uncertainty, let these atmospheric short films provide time to contemplate and soak in a thoughtful array of color, sound, and movement. For those seeking experimental artworks made by emerging Asian American creators or a respite from hectic everyday realities, this program has you covered.

Co-presented by Grand Illusion Cinema

The split identities of being an immigrant's child leaves filmmaker Ellison Shieh with endless questions of who they could have been if their childhood had taken place in Taiwan, as opposed to in the United States. The film juxtaposes humid lake views in Taiwan with childhood photos in the Pacific Northwest, simulating the experience of considering alternate lives.

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  • Runtime
    3 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Taiwan, United States
  • Director
    Ellison Shieh