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2017 CUNY Asian American Film Festival

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CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue

Martin E. Segal Theatre

New York, NY 10016

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Since 2004, the CUNY Asian American Film Festival (AAFF) has recognized and awarded over $10,900 in cash prizes to student filmmakers enrolled at the City University of New York, including City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and Queens College. The CUNY AAFF helps to promote the artistic visual talents and stimulate communication among CUNY students who are separated by the different campuses, and serve as a central location to display their creative works. Past participants have also had their films screened at the Asian American International Film Festival.

On the evening of the Festival, all winners and runner-ups will remain anonymous until after a screening of selected films that have been reviewed by our distinguished panel of judges. Following the screening will be an award ceremony and Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Winner ($200) and runner-up ($100) prizes will be awarded for each of the following categories: Fiction | Documentary | Experimental

Films Being Screened

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

Short 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 (Brooklyn College)

Young man, age 25-30 years old, disappeared. Nobody knows what really happened with him. Three witnesses saw him before he disappeared - his girlfriend, psychiatrist, and a random person at the beach. Each witness tells what they saw that day and gives their opinion on what could have happened to the 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 text factory worker, Wei Wei.

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