One Way, or “the Other”: Asian American Film and Video

11/1/07 to 12/12/07

Around the time the youngest artists in the BAM exhibition One Way or Another entered this world, a new generation of film- and videomakers emerged who rejected the clichéd subject matter of mainstream media in favor of diverse scenarios acknowledging the long-ignored experiences of ethnic communities. The PFA series features fearless artists who truly did it their way.

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  • Contortions, November 14

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Past Films

  • Fresh Kill

    • Wednesday, December 12 7:30 PM

    A lesbian couple hooks up with an activist hacker underground in Shu Lea Cheang's seriocomic feature, set in an alternative New York verging on apocalypse. Written by Jessica Hagedorn and scored by Vernon Reid. With Meena Nanji short It Is a Crime.

  • Mod Fuck Explosion

    • Friday, December 7 7:00 PM

    From provocateur Jon Moritsugu, a love story about teens lost in a dreary wasteland of punked-out peers, suicidal fantasists, and mod bikers with bongs. With Seoungho Cho short Rev.

  • Chan Is Missing

    • Wednesday, December 5 7:30 PM

    Touted as the first all–Chinese American feature film, Wayne Wang's 1982 movie is irreverent and refreshingly authentic in its depiction of two cab drivers searching through S.F.'s Chinatown for an elusive flim-flam man. With Kip Fulbeck short Some Questions for 28 Kisses.

  • The Living End

    • Saturday, December 1 8:30 PM

    Gregg Araki in Person. Araki's “gorgeously jagged road movie” (Village Voice) injects HIV-positive outcasts with an ironic lust for life.

  • Shopping for Fangs

    • Wednesday, November 28 7:30 PM

    Quentin Lee and Justin Lin play fast and loose with genre and identity in their “Generasian X” comedy-thriller about a wannabe lesbian with a Marilyn complex, a neurotic housewife suffering from blackouts, and a guy afraid he's becoming a werewolf.

  • Contortions: The Performance Work of Patty Chang

    • Wednesday, November 14 7:30 PM

    Patty Chang in Person. Chang startles us with images that challenge physical limits, ironically celebrate the feminine through exaggerated acts of display, and finally redeem Asian women from the clutches of cultural misrendering.

  • Behold the Asian: Video Works by James T. Hong

    • Wednesday, November 7 7:30 PM

    James T. Hong in Person. “It's rare when a filmmaker is able to match provocative themes with evocative imagery-and do it consistently. Addressing race and class issues in his arrestingly photographed works, [Goldie Award winner] James T. Hong is one such artist.”-S.F. Bay Guardian

  • Invisible Light

    • Friday, November 2 7:00 PM

    Two anguished women intersect in Gina Kim's keenly insightful diptych. “Kim has a terrific eye, a gift for near-wordless storytelling.”-Film Comment. With Helen Lee short Sally's Beauty Spot.

  • Living on Tokyo Time (Free Screening!)

    • Thursday, November 1 5:30 PM

    Steven Okazaki in Person. Girl (Japanese) meets boy (Japanese American) in Okazaki's rockin' romantic comedy.