Last year was the first time I had a full-blown SDAFFestival experience. And it was AMAZING. I was there practically every night and was at most of the events. I had so many pictures and so much to blog about, it was pretty crazy. This year, with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the festival, we’ve extended the festival to two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Which means one thing: double the fun.
OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, October 15 – Start off the festival right; red carpet affair, beautiful people, paparazzi status, CHILDREN OF INVENTION madness, and then we’ll be heading over to the Doubletree Hotel after the movie. If you have a pass, or your ticket stub from CHILDREN OF INVENTION, you’re invited to join us!
AFRO SAMURAI COSPLAY CONTEST – Friday, October 16 – Come cosplay (costume role playing aka Comic Con part 2) for AFRO SAMURAI from 6pm-9:30pm. The person with the best samurai costume will win a $40 gift card! Please note NO REAL SWORDS ALLOWED! That would be no bueno. And for volunteers who are not working a shift, but are cosplaying, half of your time will be counted towards a voucher (meaning if you cosplay from 6-9:30pm, you will receive credit for 1 hour and 15 minutes!).
BOOGIE AT BELO – Friday, October 16 – Come party with us at Belo’s Red Room in downtown San Diego. I do believe this is the after party for WHITE ON RICE, which director David Boyle and actress Lynn Chen is scheduled to attend. FREE admission if you’re on the guest list (RSVP at email@example.com).
GALA AWARDS DINNER – Saturday, October 17 – I had so much fun at last year’s gala that I cannot wait for this year’s! More red carpet madness, paparazzi status, fancy dinner and awards show, live performances, silent auction, beautiful people….yessssssssss
YOUTUBE CAN BE A CELEBRITY – Sunday, October 18 – Not gonna lie. I’m pretty stoked about the YouTube panel. This year, we’ve got KevJumba (Mr. Oh so hilarious and too cute KevJumba), David Choi, Wong Fu Productions, Projekt NewSpeak and Paul Dateh. PAUL FREAKIN’ AMAZING DATEH. Moderated by Angry Asian Man. Angry Asian Man! $7 at the door (UltraStar Cinemas).
FIGHT SCENES AND FALL GUYS – Sunday, October 18 – This looks like it’s gonna be effin’ amazing. We’ve got Ron Yuan (The Fast and Furious, The Art of War, Prison Break, Blade, Rush Hour 2, Black Dynamite), Ilram Choi (Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Star Trek), and Lin Oeding (Alias, 24, Heroes, Pearl Harbor, Spy Kids) scheduled to attend. And to be moderated by Dr. Craig Reid. Topic to be discussed? How technology has changed the art of fighting on film (I’m thinking if time permits, they’ll field questions from the audience too). $7 at the door (UltraStar Cinemas).
GEORGE LIN TRIBUTE – Monday, October 19 – A free tribute and reception in memory of our friend George Lin, who is notorious for his taste in bad films. How do we do this? With original short films finishing the statement “You know you’re watching a bad movie when…” We’re also doing a special screening of BEFORE WE CLOSE, produced by George (who passed away one week after the end of production), and all proceeds from this screening will go to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund. Celebrate George’s life, enjoy free films, take pleasure in a movie, AND help a good cause! Tribute starts at 6pm and BEFORE WE CLOSE starts at 7pm with a small reception at the theater in between.
KOLLABORATION: COMEDY NIGHT: MONROK KOREANAIRE – Thursday, October 22 – This is our first year doing a live comedy night and I think it’s going to be pretty funny. Randall Park’s going to be there. Love his stuff. If you haven’t seen his work, you can check him out here: www.randallparkplace.com. Also in our line up is Monrok, Walter Hong, and PK. $6.50 for members/$8 students and military/$9.50 general public (UltraStar Cinemas).
JSIX LOUNGE – Friday, October 23 – Celebrating the world premier of THE PEOPLE I SLEPT WITH, the cast and director will be joining us in the festivities. For the after party, we’re hitting up JSix Lounge in downtown San Diego. It’s a sexy movie with sexy people so you know it’s going to be a sexy party ;) dress to impress. Simply show your ticket stub or festival pass to get in.
SDAART NOW: ACTORS WORKSHOP – Saturday, October 24 – This is a new event this year. If you’re thinking about becoming an actor, you should definitely come check it out. You’ll get practical advice from local experts on the business of acting. Randall Park is also a guest speaker at this event, so you know it’s going to be a good time. Presented by the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater. $7 at 2pm at the Mission Valley Doubletree Hotel.
REEL VOICES – Saturday, October 24 – We’re showcasing our teen produced program which takes a fresh and raw look at the compelling stories of high school filmmakers. You never know if these kids are going to be the next big thing, so come check them out! Free at 4:30pm at UltraStar cinemas.
BLOWFISH: INTERSECTION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS – Saturday, October 24 – We have a great line up for this year’s blowfish. Lyrics Born, Kero One, and Zen, Dannu, and KeyKool of The Visionaries. I’ll be working backstage so it should be pretty sweet. Hopefully, it wont’ be freezing again. (Thanks for letting me borrow your sweater last year, Dustin!) 21+ only, $15 if you RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or $18 at the door (but you also run the risk of having it sell out if you wait until then).
NORTH KOREA: IN FOCUS – Sunday, October 25 – For two American journalists detained in North Korea, Euna Lee and Laura Ling experienced hell on earth. But they KNEW there was a better world; most of the citizens in North Korea don’t. Join Stephen Haggard (author of Famine in North Korea), N.C. Heikin (director of KIMJONGILIA), and Hannah Song (executive director of Liberty in North Korea) for an intellectual discourse on human rights and the humanitarian crisis. Free at 4:00pm at UltraStar cinemas.
9500 LIBERTY – Tuesday, October 27 – Come join us in the West Coast premier of 9500 LIBERTY at the Jacobs Center. This documentary captures a very intense and heated battle about immigration, racial profiling, identity, and the fear of a “minority take over” situation. Directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are schedule to attend. Free at 7pm at the Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114).
CLOSING NIGHT – Thursday, October 29 – Another year, another festival. Party with us one last time after our AMAZING closing night film, IP MAN, at All American Grill. Make sure you have your IP MAN ticket stub or all festival pass!