SATURDAY, MAY 1 | THE REAL ME | 6:00 PM | SUNSET 5
THE REAL ME TRT: 93 min.
In this stellar collection of penetrating stories (most directed by veterans of the Film Festival, including three past Festival Golden Reel nominees), truths, lies, and profound revelations bubble up to the surface. Lives can (and are) changed forever, while deeper meanings, irrevocable decisions, and shocking discoveries give way to moments of great clarity.
– Abraham Ferrer
|I DON’T SLEEP I DREAM
(United States, 2009) Dir.: J.P. Chan
In this droll conclusion of sorts to Chan’s past efforts – TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT? and DRY CLEAN ONLY – a woman discovers she can’t run from her fears without leaving a part of herself behind.
Video, 15 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Greg Pak
In this parable about change, both personal and political, veteran Film Festival director Greg Pak takes viewers to a world where catastrophic global warming has become reality. In it, jaded government undersecretary (Tim Kang) flirts with a scientist and ends up embroiled in a radical conspiracy to save the planet — by transforming the human race itself.
Video, 16 min., color, narrative
|THREE TIMES ME
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Wendy J.N. Lee
A young Asian-American girl hides under the table at a dinner party, imagining the woman she might grow up to be based on three pairs of shoes that have caught her attention. Her imagination transports her forward to life as a ruthless businesswoman, a love-lorn romantic, and an angry artist with the roar of a beast.
Video, 4 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Nadine Truong
A South Vietnamese man leaves his wife and unborn child in the care of his brother to join the Americans and fight for liberty and freedom. Confronted with horrific images of war and the moral betrayal of those he sought to support, he returns to his family five years later, only to discover that nothing feels like home anymore. Projecting his demons and shadows, his paranoia turns into jealousy and his loneliness into aggression, both leading to tragic results.
Video, 24 min., color, narrative, in Vietnamese w/ E.S.
(United States, 2010) Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
In this gritty, urban tone poem, a mysterious gun dealer must navigate the streets and her heart to find a way out of an unbearable situation. Starring Sung Kang (THE MOTEL), Tillotama Shome (MONSOON WEDDING), and Manu Narayan (BOMBAY DREAMS).
Video, 10 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Ken Ochiai
1942: World War II has reached American soil. Kenneth Handa, an adolescent Japanese-American, has been imprisoned in the Manzanar War Relocation Camp for three years. After his father’s passing, Kenneth hatches a plan to escape and find his Caucasian mother who lives just a few hours away. Things become complicated, however, when Kenneth’s little brother, Jo, joins him at the last minute.
35mm, 22 min., color/black & white, narrative