Monday, November 5, 2012
Brian Hu, Artistic Director, San Diego Asian Film Festival
Rosetta Sciacca Volkov, Board Member, San Diego Italian Film Festival, and author of the blog Sicily: Cuisine, Culture, and Tradition
Fall is a busy season for film festivals and right now we are in the midst of two thriving festivals, the San Diego Asian Film Festival now in its 13th year, and the San Diego Italian Film Festival, now in its 6th year.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival sold out its opening night at the Birch North Park Theater last Thursday. It was the first time the festival used the venue, which is almost twice as large as its usual opening night theater at the UltraStar Mission Valley. It was a gamble that paid off big for the festival. SDAFF closes this Friday November 9 with "Love Strikes. One of the great benefits of a film festival is the ability to speak with filmmakers after seeing their films. Below is the schedule of Q&A sessions at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
Monday, November 5
6:20pm – "Late Summer"
7:00pm – "Viette"
Tuesday, November 6
6:25pm – Uploaded: the Asian American Movement
8:00pm – "I am a Ghost"
8:40pm – San Diego Block Party
Wednesday, November 7
6:00pm – "Mr. Cao Goes to Washington"
Friday, November 9
5:45pm – "Revenge Served Hot"
8:15pm – "Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings"
KPBS arts and culture reporter Beth Accomando will be presenting the Extreme Film, "Dead Bite" on Thursday at 10:00pm.
The San Diego Italian Film Festival also boasts great conversation at its film events. On Saturday November 10, you can have a film, an insightful introduction, and a fabulous feast for its Gala Party.
The festival has since its inception not charged admission but rather asked for donations for most of the film screenings. SDIFF has seen these donations steadily rise and screenings often bringing in a full house. Next year, however, they plan to move toward more conventional ticket sales. The festival works closely with the Italian Consulate to secure some of the film titles. Board member Rosetta Sciacca Volkov says "film communicates so clearly the nuances of a culture, and the world knows about Italians from our films." The festival says its goal is "To make San Diego a high spot for Italian culture."
The San Diego Asian Film Festival continues through November 9th at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center and the San Diego Italian Film Festival continues through November 11th at the Museum of Photographic Arts in La Jolla.