In the past CAAM has been proud to broadcast many excellent short films during our annual festival. In April, we will be bringing a special selection of short films back for one night online on OVEE, a new social screening platform. Check back in May for more broadcasts of popular Asian American films!
Current OVEE TV schedule:
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Seeking Asian Female
May 29th, 8pm PST
Shorts Selection Films:
Lobster Shmobster (Dave Quion & Kyle Ross/USA/2 minutes/year(2007))
The story begins with a cheery cartoon lobster, then takes a dark turn. The lobster is then captured in a grimy kitchen in this short, roughly 90-second animated film. Excellent colorless animation coupled with a dramatic story and soundtrack make this work of animation certain to please casual viewers and die-hard animation followers alike.
The Others (Aram Siu Wai Collier/USA/9 minutes/year)
The Others features found footage of Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips’ numerous ‘ethnic characters’ and places them in dialog with each other, literally, by employing classic Hollywood editing style and storytelling tropes. Through these conversations comes an investigation of identity, ethnicity and authenticity.
As this short film points out in the opening credits, actors throughout history have had their roles restricted by their race and ethnicity. Phillips himself is a collage of numerous ethnic groups, having played characters from a wide “ethnic” background.
Love Bang! (Việt Lê/Cambodia-USA/6 minutes/2012)
“Saturated with eye-popping colors and insatiable desires, Le’s “sexperimental” music video examines historical trauma, collective memory and the effects of rapid modernization in Cambodia and Vietnam.”
Performers don the costumes of a soldier fighting to survive, a bull aggressively running around, and colorful space-age style costumes. Coupled with a catchy tune, this short film is sure to delight fans of music videos.
Lady Razorbacks (Laura Green/USA/4 minutes/2011)
When a group of Pacific Islander women decide to start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, California, all they have in mind is getting in shape. But this group of women - who range from teenagers struggling with school, to church-going college students, to mothers of six - find the field an unexpected sanctuary. Fijians, Tongans, and Samoans discover common ground learning the sport they grew up watching their brothers, uncles and cousins play. In a space where hitting hard and caring for each other are synonymous, they learn new ways to express themselves, support one another, and challenge the stigma attached to their community.
As a documentary film about community, this work illustrates the hope that the sport gives these young women.
The Postcard (Josh Kim/South Korea/15 minutes/2007)
In this Korean language short film, a young man simply referred to as “boy” catches the eyes of two women working in a post office when he sends a mysterious postcard with a romantic overtone. The women grow to suspect that the postcard was a secret message intended for one of them. However, the true recipient of “Boy’s” postcard is actually meant for another post office worker. All in all, The Postcard is an excellent film about the struggles of pursuing love while struggling with being alone.