KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews the 13th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.
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ANCHOR INTRO: The San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night at the Birch North Park Theater. Tonight it moves to the UltraStar Mission Valley for 8 days of film. KPBS arts and culture reporter Beth Accomando checks in with the festival.
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Now in its 13th year, the San Diego Asia Film Festival continues to thrive and grow. Last night it screened its opening night film, "Don't Stop Believing" at the Birch North Park Theatre. It was the first time the festival used that venue says operations manager Phillip Lorenzo.
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PHIL LORENZO: I think one of the most amazing things about opening night for us was it seemed to be such a risk, putting our festival in a new venue for opening night especially one with 700 plus seats seemed to be just a little bit ambitious in comparison to our traditional 400 seat opening night.
The film sold out. The festival highlights films by, for, and about Asians and Asian Americans. There are shorts, documentaries, musicals, dramas, and comedies from around the world. In addition to popular mainstream titles, Lorenzo likes to highlight the smaller, more daring films.
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PHIL LORENZO: Like "Mondomanila," which is a very extreme Filipino look at political life and corruption and "Henge," which is probably the best 57 minutes ever on screen. And we have another film from the Philippines called "Graceland," which is like a perfect Hollywood thriller.
Basically, something for every taste. The San Diego Asian Film Festival continues through November 9th at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.