AN ASIAN AMERICAN FILM THING is a celebration of Asian- American filmmakers by screening their shorts (films! Not pants!)
There will be an array of narrative fiction, docs, animation, music videos, sketches, and experimental films. You will also get to hear what the filmmakers have to say about their work. AND, there will be a musical treat at the end! We want to focus on shorts that show Asian- Americans as the main character, as the voice, as someone that Hollywood usually never portrays us in. This night will explore Identity and the power of visual storytelling.
Hosted by: Angel Yau and Mehdi Barakchian
Films and performers: TBA
Angel Yau is a comedian, storyteller, actor, and filmmaker from Queens, New York. She started her comedy career (unintentionally) in high school when she ran for school council. From then she knew how to laugh at herself. She founded "Asian American Film Thing", an all AAPI film show where filmmakers are encouraged to show Work in Progress and "Shoes off, Mouth off" an all AAPI storytelling show. She is also proudly in the musical comedy group, AzN PoP! Angel's festival-winning stop-motion animations are where she explores her childhood in comedic but heartfelt ways dealing with solitude, rejection, and alienation. Angel was recently featured in a BBC short documentary on being a comedian dealing with mental health. www.angelyau.com
Mehdi Barakchian was born in NYC, currently lives in New Jersey and doesn’t care for your opinion on the matter. He’s studied Sketch and Improv at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Peoples Improv Theater, and talks about motorcycles more than what most people would considerable a tolerable amount of time.
If you still have a TV, you can catch his recurring roles on NBC’s hit “Manifest” and ABC’s “For Life” as Jared Lewis. Mehdi is the creator and host of the “Brown as f*ck” talk show, “Passport Control with Mehdi Barakchian” on BRIC TV. TimeOut NY said Mehdi does “the Daily Show better than the real thing,” and NY Times exclaimed the show is a “fresh take on the late-night talk show.”
Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 livestream.
No outside food or drink is allowed.
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As part of this, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. Proof can be via the New York State Excelsior pass, a physical copy of the CDC card, a photo of your CDC card, or other electronic record of vaccination includes name and date (e.g., some chain pharmacies have an app with this information). In all cases the name must match that on your photo ID.
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