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Celebrating 10 Years | Connecting Through Film
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More films, more filmmakers attending this weekend! 
FRIDAY, OCT. 26 | 6PM | PARAMOUNT CENTER
NAILED IT
with Director Adele Pham
"Nailed It" chronicles the genesis and legacy of the 40 year Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry. For mixed-race Vietnamese filmmaker Adele Pham it's personal, as she confronts her cultural conflicts and discovers her place within the community, by peeling back the layers of this niche trade seen by everyone but known to few.
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Adele Free Pham is a mixed race Vietnamese American documentary filmmaker with experience in all aspects of production, including producing, cinematography, editing, and direction. Her first documentary "Parallel Adele" about mixed Asian identity premiered at CAAMFest way back in 2009 and went on to screen at The Smithsonian and broadcast on PBS.

While producing "Nailed It" Adele has been working as a freelance filmmaker and developing new projects. Her short film "State of Oregon" was released by Field of Vision and is currently being developed into her next feature documentary.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 | 3PM |  PARAMOUNT CENTER
An American Story:
Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Q&A with director Dianne Fukami
The son of immigrants and incarcerated as a child because of his Japanese ancestry, Norman Mineta became a mayor, a 10-term Member of Congress, and served in two presidential cabinets under a Democrat and Republican president. 
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Dianne Fukami has produced, directed, and written more than a half-dozen documentaries on the Asian-American experience (mostly on Japanese-American history) which were broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Separate Lives, Broken Dreams, about the Chinese Exclusion Act, was nominated for a national Emmy Award; Starting Over: Japanese Americans After the War has received scholarly citations for its first-person anecdotes.

Her areas of research interest are the Caribbean Chinese diaspora and genealogy, Hakka history and culture in southern China, and Chinese migration to the Caribbean and North America.
SATURDAY | 6PM |  PARAMOUNT CENTER
FICTION & OTHER REALITIES 
Skype Q&A with director Bobby Choy
While on world tour, Bobby, an insecure NYC singer-songwriter ditches his roadie duties to explore a land where everyone looks like him, Korea. He befriends Ina, a Korean busker who is facing her own set of personal struggles. They seem to find success as they lean on each other.
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Bobby Choy (Big Phony) is a singer/songwriter from New York City and currently lives in Seoul.  Fiction & Other Realities is his first feature film.

 

SUNDAY | 12PM |  PARAMOUNT CENTER
THE ITO SISTERS
Q&A with director Antonia Grace Glenn
The Ito Sisters is a documentary film capturing the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or immigrant) and Nisei (or first generation born in the US) women, whose voices have largely been excluded from American history.​
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ANTONIA GRACE GLENN (Director, Writer and Producer) is an actor, writer, producer, filmmaker and scholar. Her first documentary film, The Ito Sisters, explores her family's history as Japanese American farm laborers struggling to eke out a living in the midst of a powerful anti-Japanese movement in the early 20th century. The director/producer's family was active in the New England Japanese American Citizens League, including during the redress movement in the 1980s, which is featured in the film.

SUNDAY 4PM |  PARAMOUNT CENTER
FOR IZZY 
Q&A with director Alex Chu
Dede, a photojournalist and recovering addict, moves in next door to Laura, a young woman with autism. As the pair form an unlikely friendship, Dede assembles a documentary, using animation and found footage to tell a story of getting sober, of family and friendship, and of love and forgiveness.

Director Alex Chu's prior film projects have screened at more than 30 festivals worldwide. FOR IZZY is his second feature film as writer-director. Having grown up in Libya and Canada, worked in Asia, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. His short film FORTUNE COOKIE MAGIC TRICKS screened at BAAFF in 2011.

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