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2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival

2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival

The 2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) announces a provocative and entertaining program of independent cinema highlighting recent, significant works by and/or about Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora. The festival takes place October 25 to 28, 2012 in Boston at Emerson College’s Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center; in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre; and in Somerville at the Somerville Theatre. This fourth edition of the festival features more than five Boston/New England premieres, exclusive Q&As with filmmakers and various co-sponsored events around Boston.

The festival opens on October 25th, 7:30pm at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge with Quentin Lee’s WHITE FROG, a twist on the coming-of-age genre film. Starring some of film and television’s most acclaimed and recognizable actors – including Booboo Stewart, Joan Chen, B.D. Wong, and Harry Shum, Jr. – WHITE FROG is an incisive look at the modern American family centered on a young autistic boy coping with the death of his older brother, and ultimately a universal story of the power of family and friendship in the face of difference and tragedy.

The film festival weekend continues with gems from the festival circuit, including Ernesto Foronda (producer, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) and Sila Howard’s SUNSET STORIES, a quirky tribute to Los Angeles; WEDDING PALACE, a comedy and debut feature by Christine Yoo; Lily Mariye’s devastating teen drama MODEL MINORITY; YES, WE’RE OPEN, a flirtatious take on love and relationships by Richard Wong and H.P. Mendoza (COLMA: THE MUSICAL, FRUIT FLY); and SHANGHAI CALLING, Daniel Hsia’s expat romantic comedy.

This year, the festival will present two powerful documentaries which each have a unique relevance to the Boston community. BAAFF’s timely Centerpiece Presentation during this primary election season is MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON, a film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker S. Leo Chiang (A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES). The film is a compelling portrait of rookie congressman Joseph Cao who traverses party lines in the pursuit of his ideals and beliefs, and is a refreshing and thoughtful look at how personal choices can affect the community at large. PUI CHAN: KUNG FU PIONEER, the debut documentary film by actress and martial arts master Mimi Chan (best known as the model for Disney’s MULAN), is the ultimate tribute to one of the men who brought Chinese martial arts to the United States. Grandmaster Pui Chan’s Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy and Athletic Association has since become the most important and well-established martial arts system in the United States, and this film hopes to draw in enthusiasts, students and filmgoers alike to a celebration of shared cultural heritage.

The 2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival will feature two specially curated short film programs. FEAR BUFFET is a set of six short films that offer different takes on all things frightful, and REEL FOOD offers eight family-friendly shorts about the lighter sides of life. On Friday October 26, 7pm at the Somerville Theatre, BAAFF will be co-sponsoring a special screening of I AM A GHOST with Boston’s Shudder Fest Horror Film Festival. H.P. Mendoza’s piercing thriller deftly demonstrates the versatility of the Asian-American horror feature film and is the winner of Best New Horror Director by SF Weekly.

Tickets to the 2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival can be purchased at the door or online here. Individual tickets for each film (excluding the Opening Night film) are $10 for General Admission, and additional member and student rates may be available and vary depending on venue. Tickets to the Opening Night film at the Brattle Theatre are $25 for General Admission or $20 for Early-Birds purchased by October 18.

2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival trailer reel

2012 International Secret Agents (ISA) concert New York + Boston

2012 International Secret Agents (ISA) Concert NY (New York)2012 International Secret Agents (ISA) concert Boston
UPDATE: ISA 2012 Fall Tour is cancelled. More info here.

International Secret Agents (ISA) kicks off the 2012 Fall Tour with back to back concerts on the East Coast! Join them for one of our biggest shows yet. Things kick off Labor Day weekend in New York City on Saturday, September 1, 2012, with an amazing lineup:

AJ Rafael
Chiddy Bang
Dia Frampton
Far East Movement
Wong Fu Productions
hosted by KevJumba

It all goes down at TERMINAL 5, 610 West 56th Street , New York, NY 10019. Terminal 5 is an ALL STANDING venue. There are NO seats. The event is all ages. Doors open at 6:00PM. Show starts at 7:00PM. The show will last approximately 2.5 hours.

New York ticket locations
Mercury Lounge Box Office
217 East Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00pm-7:00pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg Box Office
66 North 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Sat 11:00am-6:00pm

Online tickets available here

The next day ISA moves to Boston with a slightly different lineup, but with the same intensity:

AJ Rafael
Dia Frampton
Far East Movement
Lil Crazed
Wong Fu Productions
hosted by KevJumba

Boston action takes place at the ORPHEUM THEATRE, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108. Orpheum Theatre is an assigned seating venue. The event is all ages. Doors open at 6:00PM. Show starts at 7:00PM. The show will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Boston ticket location
Orpheum Theatre Box Office
1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm

Online tickets available here.

Just like previous ISA events this will get sold out. Be sure to get tickets early and invite your friends. Time to Turn Up the Love for this Asian American events. been to several ISA events in the past and it’s like no other Asian American event out there.

2012 International Secret Agents (ISA) New York + Boston trailer

Boston Asian American Film Festival Launch Party 2011

Launch Party Glow Sticks!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Boston Asian American Film Festival Launch Party 2011 at the Greatest Bar in Boston, MA. It was a beautiful night filled with community organizers, volunteers, students, and tons of food and raffle prizes. Setting the mood for the event was awesome music by an upcoming local Asian American DJ, DJ JessieJess. BAAFF definitely knows how to host a launch party!

Channel APA Staff On Scene!


During my time there, I was able to catch up with Development Intern, Lily Chan and Festival Coordinator Janice Wong. I was able to ask them a few questions about their roles in the festival and the overall mission of the Boston Asian American Film Festival. I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan Chinsen, Co Director of the festival and was able to interview her about her role in BAAFF along with her passions and desires for the future of this wonderful event.

Event Footage/video reel here:

Producer: Haylee Thikeo
Footage By: Pete Tran
Assistant: Lisa Liu
Photos from:

Be sure to check out the Boston Asian American Film Festival next month from November 11- 13 to see amazing films, meet actor James Hong, and more! Stay tune for updates for potential guest celebrities.  For a full lineup see here: www.   and to stay on top of festival or ticket updates please follow BAAFF on Twitter or Facebook: .

(BAAF Trailers)

2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)

2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)

The 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) will return to Beantown next month from November 10 -13, 2011. Kicking things off is the Opening Night Film “Almost Perfect” featuring Kelly Hu and Edison Chen. Other films of note include One Big Hapa Family , Touch, and Bang Bang. There’s also plenty of short film programs like the “Art of Love” program featuring The Potential Wives of Norman Mao and Angel Island Profile: Tyrus Wong and the “Passion & Courage” program mfeaturing My Name is Seven and Top Spin. Closing out 2011 BAAFF weekend of film is the soon to be released Knots starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Sung Kang.

For more details and ticket info, go here.

2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)

2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) Launch Party

2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) Launch Party

If you’re in the Boston area tonight, drop by the 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) Launch Party. Be among the first to hear this year’s line up, watch previews, and support the festival! Admission* $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for AARW members. Join them in kicking off the upcoming film festival with drinks, food, raffle prizes and more! Admission includes nibbles, a huge high-five from the volunteer planning committee, and a ticket to their ★★★ Raffle! Music mixed by our Boston DJ, DJ JesseJess. Here’s more on the event:

Friday, October 7, 6-9 PM
The Greatest Bar
262 Friend Street Boston, MA
Accessible by Green/Orange line to North Station.
Get tickets here.
Stay to dance after 9PM for free!
This is a 21+ event.

You’ll have a chance to win:
★ VIP all access festival pass \
★ BAAFF classic t-shirt
★ BAAFF new t-shirt
★ $25 Gift Card to Maggianos, Chili’s, On the Border, or Romano’s Macaroni Grill
★ WANG LEE HOM autographed prize pack
★ other great prizes!

The 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival will be held Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13, 2011.
Proceeds will support the festival so that it can continue to bring Asian American films to Boston.

10 reasons with Mark Zhang to attend 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) Launch Party and BAAFF.

Shakin The Silence Tour with Clara C

CLARA C announce her upcoming tour the Shakin The Silence Tour. She’ll be hitting up 7 cities coast to coast in United States and Canada in promotion of her debut album, The Art In My Heart as well as unveiling new songs of her upcoming album. Joining Clara on tour will be Seattle based rock band New Heights. Here’s the schedule:

Shaking the Silence 2011 Tour
September 23 ~~VANCOUVER ~~ Nikkei Heritage Center
September 25 ~~ SEATTLE ~~ Neumos
October 7 ~~ SAN DIEGO ~~ Lestats
October 8 ~~LOS ANGELES ~~ The Roxy
October 9 ~~SAN FRANCISCO ~~ Cafe Du Nord
November 10 ~~BOSTON ~~ Metcalf Hall
November 12 ~~NEW YORK CITY ~~ Highline Ballroom

Get ready for Clara C to hit a city near you. You can get her album on The Art in My Heart - Clara C

Shakin The Silence Tour with Clara C