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BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival is honoring 10 years of connecting through film! Join filmmakers, fans, leaders and volunteers for a celebratory reception with performances.

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center

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Show your support for Asian American Filmmakers by coming to see these short films!

Shorts: Peace Of Mind

Sometimes the most hard fought battles we face are the ones that can feel invisible to everyone else. Whether it’s battling against mental illness, the stigmas around mental health, or feelings like overwhelming heartbreak, this series of shorts focuses on the battles we fight to try to find some Peace of Mind.

Shorts will include:

  • Bloom

  • GAPS

  • Share

  • On My Mind

  • Looking for Luke

Followed by a Q&A with Lauren Cheung, Director, Faiyad Ahmad, Assistant Director – Bloom, Mental Health Professionals – Looking for Luke, and Pata Suyemoto - TEAM

Click here to register and to find out more about the shorts. Fee is Pay-What-You-Can.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center

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Show your support for Asian American Filmmakers by coming to see these short films!

Shorts: Re: Home

How do you internalize race when your adoptive family is a different race than you? How do you find a sense of community when you straddle different worlds? Centered around Korean Adoption, this series of shorts examines the complexities that come with being adopted away from your birth country.

Shorts will include:

The event will be followed by a Q&A with Julie & Glenn Morey, Directors – Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage, Eric Elizaga, Director – The Beach House.

Click here to register and find out more about the shorts. Fee is Pay-What-You-Can.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Short Film Screening with Filmmaker Tony Nguyen
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Short Film Screening with Filmmaker Tony Nguyen

  Image courtesy of Tony Nguyen.

Image courtesy of Tony Nguyen.

Join the Pao Arts Center and VietAid for a screening of short films with Vietnamese American filmmaker Tony Nguyen. Based in Oakland California, Nguyen’s work focuses on Asian-American stories and particularly, the Vietnamese-American identity. At the screening, we will feature works including, Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory, a PBS-broadcasted story about Nguyen’s relationship with his mom, and Fresh Frozen, an Oakland-based short about the local fish sandwich store ‘Catered To You’.  A Q&A session will follow after the screening with Nguyen and moderator, Carro Hua, VietAid's Youth Programs Assistant Director. Light refreshments will be served. 

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About the artist: Tony Nguyen made his directorial debut with Enforcing the Silence (2011), which the Los Angeles Times called “an uplifting portrait” of slain journalist Lam Duong, the first Vietnamese to be assassinated in America.  His personal film, Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory, winner of the 2015 CAAMFest Loni Ding Award for social issue documentary, streamed and broadcast nationally on PBS. His short film, Fresh Frozen, premiered at the California film institute's inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival in 2017. Tony lives in Oakland, California. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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The 8th Annual BAAFF Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

The 8th Annual BAAFF Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community

  Image courtesy of BAAFF. 

Image courtesy of BAAFF. 

The Pao Arts Center is proud to be partnering with the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) for their 8th Annual BAAFF Short Waves: Short Film CompetitionShort Waves hopes to bring light to stories about the Asian American experience through locally made, community-driven short films.

We will be screening the submissions from Short Waves Open Call, followed by a Q&A and reception with the filmmakers.  Locally made, short films about the Asian American experience and community. Seating is limited—reserve your seat now and be the first to find out which finalist will make it into the festival this Fall! Please join us in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 

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About Short Waves:
Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community is BAAFF's screening of short videos in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The screening featured shorts collected from the Open Call. The top four submissions were selected by a panel of distinguished judges at the event. The winner was determined by public vote of the four finalists. The winner of the Short Waves Competition received automatic acceptance into the upcoming Boston Asian American Film Festival.

Asian Pacific Americans have long been making waves in all aspects of American life, but their stories have often been lost in general U.S. discourse. “Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community,” hopes to bring light to these stories through locally made, community driven short films about the Asian American experience and community.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing

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Xu Xing’s most recent work uses a heartbreaking love story between a husband and wife as a vehicle with which to confront the contortions of China’s political history since 1949. It is a personal love story, it is also a story of a nation. Fundamentally it is a story about personal survival in an oppressive state. The powerless are given a chance to tell their tragic story and leave a record to hold against the official narrative of the Chinese state, which passes over them in silence.

Screening presented in partnership with BU Center for the Study of Asia and BU Arts Initiative. 

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About the Artist: Xu Xing 徐星 is a prominent Chinese writer and documentary filmmaker. Often called ”The Chinese Jack Kerouac,” his works have consistently engaged with national and international issues of politics, power, and moral responsibility. At the same time these larger issues are always evoked through the lives of the common working people in China.

Xu enjoyed his most prolific period as a writer during the 1980s and 1990s, and his books reached a broad international audience when they were translated into French, English and German. In the early 1990s he migrated to Germany, staying in Heidelberg. After returning to his hometown Beijing, he began shooting documentary films. Xu is currently in residency at Boston University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-635-5129 x 1028

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