2017 CUNY Asian American
Film Festival

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017     Time: 6PM to 8PM

Place: CUNY Graduate Center - Martin E. Segal Theatre
365 Fifth Avenue (Corner of 34th Street), Manhattan


Festival Program

Greetings (6PM)

Ryoya Terao, Assistant Professor, Video Production, Entertainment Technology, NYC College of Technology/CUNY

Film Screening (6:15PM)

Powder Room (RT 13:56)
Kevin Oliver Arota (Brooklyn College)

Silent slapstick comedy about an outsider who covers himself in white powder to break into an 'exclusive-to-light-skinned-people' speakeasy. His successful attempt leads to a nightmarish experience.

? (RT 14:58)
Nurlan Baidaliev (Borough of Manhattan Community College)

A young man, age 25-30 years old, disappears. Nobody knows what really happened to him. Three witnesses saw him before he disappeared - his girlfriend, psychiatrist, and a random person at the beach. Each witness recounts what they saw that day and gives their opinion as to what could have happened to the young man.

Decoding Darkmatter (RT 21:54)
Crystal Waterton (Hunter College)

A short documentary about two Asian transgender poetry performance artists: Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, and their journey from Stanford University, to their first large theater performance, It Gets Bitter, at Joe's Pub in New York City.

Day at Textile Factory (RT 11:06)
Nicky Zou (Hunter College)

When a 13 year old Chinese American girl, Yi Zi, comes to the textile factory that her mom works at, she encounters and experiences an unexpected crush on a 30 year old female textile factory worker, Wei Wei.

Award Ceremony (7:15PM)

Q&A Session with Filmmakers (7:30PM)




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2017 Film Festival

Festival Program


Festival Chairman
Ryoya Terao

Panel of Judges
John Acosta
Patrick Chen
Russell Leong
Vinit Parmar
Ryoya Terao
Jennifer Betit Yen

William Tam

Technical Assistance
Antony Wong
Zhu-Hui Wu

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