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Ursula Liang's Boston Premiere of DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL |
February 5-7
Tiger Style! an Audio Play | 2/6
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My Sight is Lined with Visions | Now - January 2022 
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ArtsEmerson Shared Stories presents
DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL

The Film
PREMIERES TONIGHT with VOD through Sunday!
When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. In 2014, Peter Liang became the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, inciting a complicated fight for justice wherein two subjugated communities were thrust into the uneven criminal justice system together. Down a Dark Stairwell captures both one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and a key event in the emerging Black Lives Matter movement. In this unflinching documentary directed by Ursula Liang, the insidious effects of white supremacy in American society are starkly revealed, persisting even when the participants on both sides of a conflict are people of color.

Live Conversation
Friday, February 5th @ 9:15 PM EST - 10:15PM EST
Following the 7:30 PM premiere of Down A Dark Stairwell, Director Ursula Liang, documentarian and editor J.M. Harper, Executive Director of Center For Empowered Politics Alex T. Tom, Retired BPS Educator and Boston Community Leader Suzanne Lee, and moderator UMass Boston Professor Denise Khor will join in a live conversation about the film. This conversation will be recorded and available on-demand with the film through Sunday, February 7th.
This event will have ASL interpretation services available
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Ursula Liang - Director
Alex T. Tom
J.M. Harper - Editor
Suzanne Lee

#TuneInTakeOut with Tiger Style!

Do you miss going to the theater? GBH and the Huntington Theatre Company have teamed up to bring you the critically acclaimed production, Tiger Style!, as an audio play tomorrow evening (2/6, 6pm).

The show, which received rave reviews for its portrayal of an Asian American family with wit and humor, has been reimagined as an

audio-only theatrical experience that will be broadcast on GBH 89.7, wgbh.org, and the GBH News app.

And, because everyone loves dinner and a show, the two teams have partnered with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association to encourage listeners to order takeout from their favorite restaurant in advance of the broadcast.

My Sight is Lined with Visions: 1990s Asian American Film and Video 
Screening Period: NOW - January 25th, 2022 
Streaming Worldwide | Live Virtual Q&As with Filmmakers | Special Panels with CAAM


Meet Sentient.Art.Film, a creative distribution initiative that creates new networks and distribution opportunities for artists working outside of the mainstream. On January 26, they are relaunching My Sight is Lined with Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video, an independent online series that celebrates films and videos that push against stereotypes of all kinds – positive, negative, and those in-between. 

This year-long series will be available for purchase as a package, individual rentals, and in specially-curated monthly double features. Fifty-percent of the revenues will be shared with the filmmakers. All programs include short essays by a new generation of Asian American writers and curators. The series will be available for an entire calendar year worldwide: NOW through January 25, 2022.


Use promo code BAFF_ENVISIONS for a $5 off ticket package!


About the Series
My Sight is Lined with Visions is co-curated by independent programmer Abby Sun and Sentient.Art.Film Artistic Director Keisha Knight, with support from and prints courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive, John C. Woo and Asian CineVision, and the Center for Asian American Media. 
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New Programs

Blindness Series
Dir. TRAN T. Kim-Trang | 1992-2006 | 140 MIN
These eight short videos explore the many resonances of blindness, from eye-lid surgery, video surveillance, to word-blindness, and brilliantly incorporate the artist’s interventions over more than a decade of sustained practice.

Bontoc Eulogy
Dir. Marlon Fuentes |1995 | 57 MIN

Drawing on the Smithsonian’s archive of the “living exhibits” of Phillipinos at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the only film from Marlon Fuentes nests a narrative of discovering family lore, ethnography of the Bontoc people, and stylized enactments in a far-reaching inquiry into historical erasure.
 

Returning Programs

Fresh Kill
Dir. Shu Lea Cheang |1994 | 80 MIN

The first feature film from artist and digital pioneer Shu Lea Cheang brings her radical experimental vision to a viciously political and campy narrative of two young lesbian parents who fight against environmental racism in the form of radioactive fish lips.

Kelly Loves Tony
Dir. Spencer Nakasako | 1998 | 58 MIN

In this captivating take on documentary co-creation, Kelly Saeturn and her boyfriend, Tony Saelio, both refugees from Laos who grew up in the US, record a year and a half of their own lives as Kelly balances her hopes to attend college, a pregnancy, and her relationship with Tony, an ex-con trying to reform.
 

Some Divine Wind
Dir. Roddy Bogawa | 1991 | 72 MIN
Filmmaker handle(s): @roddybogawa

A splintering of narrative structure mixed with found and created material depict the life of Ben, a young multiracial man is safely ensconced in his life with a white girlfriend, as he discovers that his father was part of a bombing mission that destroyed his Japanese mother’s village and killed her entire family during World War II.
 

Strawberry Fields
Dir. Rea Tajiri | 1997 | 90 MIN
Filmmaker handle(s): @wisdomgonewildfilm

Set in the 1970s, a teenage Japanese American pyro runs away from her repressed and overbearing mother on a cross-country road trip that ends at the site of a World War II internment camp, rendering corporeal seen and unseen ghosts.
 

Terminal USA 
Dir. Jon Moritsugu | 1993 | 54 MIN
Filmmaker handle(s): @jon.moritsugu

One family’s shenanigans, full of playfully twisted stereotypes, drug addictions, and illicit affairs, grow ever more violent in this comedic satire, which was controversially created for public broadcast.
 

BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 
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