Tuesday, March 2, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is back for another year although this time with a virtual setup that will allow people within certain geo locked regions to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own homes. The festival will begin on Thursday March 4th with an Opening Night program and will conclude on Sunday March 14th. Below you will find the six films, five features and one short, that I have selected as this year's TwoOhSix Picks.

This short film by Seattleite Jenn Ravenna Tran is a love story set in Tokyo and it looks just beautiful. I've been wanting to watch this film for quite a while so excited to finally get the chance.

Definition Please spells out the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family in a very lighthearted yet meaningful way. Check out my interview with director Sujata Day on the TwoohSix.com Changing Directions podcast series. We talk about the film and lots of other cool stuff.

My one documentary selection for the festival looks like a really interesting journey into some seriously unknown southern history.

I wanted to see this at another festival but missed my chance. Happy to have another opportunity to see this movie which is musical feature film from writer, director, producer and lyricist Mallorie Ortega.

I'm expecting this film to have the biggest emotional punch of any of the movies playing during the festival. Please make sure to check out this film from director Trinh Dinh Le Minh.

The Paper Tigers is cinematic comfort food that hits all the right spots. It's dim sum at Purple Dot and then a walk through Hing Hay Park on a Sunday afternoon. Check out my interview with director Bao Tran on the TwoOhSix.com New Directions in Film podcast series. We talk about the movie and what it meant to make a film right here in the Emerald City.

There you have it! I hope you are able to enjoy the festival while supporting the local Seattle arts community and all of the filmmakers who are participating. Keep track of all my reviews and festival coverage please go to: TwoOhSix at SAAFF 2021.

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

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