5TH ANNUAL KAFFNY

CHELSEA CLEARVIEW CINEMAS, BIG SCREEN PROJECT

March 17-20th, 2011

FEATURES:

International Premiere: THE BOAT (Chelsea Clearview): Korean Japanese co-production directed by Young Nam Kim, tells the unlikely story of a cross-cultural friendship that develops between a couple of smugglers, Hyung Gu (Ha Jung Woo) and his contact on the other side, a young Japanese man called Toru (Tsumabuki Satoshi).

NYC Premiere THE HOUSE OF SUH (Chelsea Clearview): Award-winning documentary by Iris Shim recounts the chilling story of the House of Suh, an immigrant family whose pursuit of happiness quickly became riddled with misfortune, culminating on September 25, 1993, when Andrew shot and killed his older sister’s fiancé of eight years, Robert O’Dubaine, at Catherine’s bidding.

NYC Nontheatrical Gallery Premiere PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY (Chelsea Clearview, White Box, Big Screen Project): An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean. HD video constructed entirely from single frame photography, directed by Peter Bo Rappmund.

US Premiere THE WOMAN, THE ORPHAN, AND THE TIGER (Chelsea Clearview, White Box, Big Screen Project): The third film in a trilogy of narrative experimental films by Jane Jin Kaisen dealing with international adoption and the ideological, geopolitical, historical, and psychological effects of that process. This film looks at the legacy of international adoption from a feminist perspective and within a transgenerational and transnational scope. Directed by Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondig-Kung.

Press Screening/Exclusive Preview WEDDING PALACE: After being abandoned at the altar, Jason courts the girl of his dreams in cyberspace. When she arrives in LA for their wedding, she turns out to be completely different than expected.

NORTHERN KOREA DOUBLE BILL

CENTRE FORWARD (Chelsea Clearview) – North Korea’s first football film originally made in 1978, remastered by Koryo Tours in 2010. This 75 minute film is well known in North Korea but has never been released internationally. Fascinating both as an example of North Korean filmmaking and a strong story of overcoming athletic adversity, CENTRE FORWARD is at once inspirational, dramatic, amusing, and educational. Even better, by showing the sport’s importance in societies very different from our own, this illustrates the truly universal appeal of the 'beautiful game'. Directed by Pak Chong Song.

RED CHAPEL (Chelsea Clearview) – One of last year’s standout films at Sundance, where the film had its US premiere. RED CHAPEL is a feature-length documentary about a journalist without scruples, a self-proclaimed spastic and a comedian who travel to North Korea under the guise of a cultural exchange visit to challenge the totalitarian regime. Directed by Mads Bruegger.

PREVIEWS

THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA: THE DREAM OF THE AUDIENCE – On November 5, 1982, Cha is brutally murdered in New York City at the age of 31, the same week her acclaimed autobiographical novel DICTEE, is released. This film evokes a powerful female voice and brings to life a body of work that resists being silenced, engaging audiences and echoing over and over again through many voices.

KIMCHI CHRONICLES – Host Marja Vongerichten, a Korean American-Adoptee, explores Korean food and culture, and her unique life story is told throughout the series. In the show, viewers experience Korea through Marja's distinct perspective.

 

DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON RETROSPECTIVE

Born in northern Korea when it was under Japanese colonial rule, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson came to the United States in 1962 to pursue graduate studies. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Boston University, and taught at Mount Holyoke College, which was followed by her career as a federal and state government employee: senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and director of the media program of the New York State Council on the Arts.   She resigned from the New York State Council on the Arts to pursue a film career in 1988, going on to produce an array of award-winning films.  Dai Sil Kim-Gibson came to the United States in 1962 to pursue graduate studies. She resigned from the New York State Council on the Arts to pursue a film career in 1988, going on to produce an array of award-winning films including SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN and WET SAND: VOICES FROM LA.  

Sa-I-Gu (3/4" video, 36 minutes), or “April 29,” about the 1992 Los Angeles crisis from the perspectives of Korean woman shopkeepers, was praised by the Washington Post as “a passionate point of view piece.” A Forgotten People: The Sakhalin Koreans (16 mm, 59 minutes), her film about the forced Korean laborers on Sakhalin island, victims of World War II and the Cold War, was called “a bracing reminder of the human victims in the global chess game played by superpowers” by the Los Angeles Times. Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women, a powerful documentary about Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Military during World War II was called "a wrenching and formally inventive film," by the Village Voice. Wet Sand: Voices from LA (2004) explores the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest and has been shown at numerous festivals in the United States and abroad, including the 8th Pusan International Film Festival in Korea and the 12th Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Her most recent film, Motherland (Cuba Korea USA), had a sold out world premiere at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival in October, 2006. It is currently distributed by Women Make Movies in New York City. In addition, she produced and wrote America Becoming, a feature documentary, and Olivia's Story, a 14-minute drama, directed by Charles Burnett, was cablecast on Sundance Channel in 2001.

SHORTS COMPETITION

RICHARD THE ELITE UNIVERSITY STUDENT FROM LONDON: by Lee Yong-seung
AFFAIR (JUNG): by Dou Xing
HEART: by Erick Oh
APPLE: by Jung Chul
TO WANDER IN PANDEMONIUM: by Edward Kim
MIST TRAIL: by Andrew Oh
TRIANGLE: by Janice Ahn 

SHORTS 1
WORKS OF ART: by Andy Pang
THE QUEEN: by Christina Choe
THE AGENCY: by Sam Schectman
MARIA THE KOREAN BRIDE: by Maria Yoon
MISTER GREEN: by Greg Pak
HANJI PAPER PROJECT: by Aimee Lee 

SHORTS 2
ETHER: by Gi Young Rhee
INERT: by Kyunghee Kang
AJUMMA ARE YOU CRAZY???: by Brent Anbe
CHASE THOMPSON: A FILM BY CHASE THOMPSON: by Vincent Lin
ROSEWOOD: by Marvin Choi
ARIRANG BLUES: by Pyeungheun Baik
TOY HOUSE: by Yun Jeong Ko
DADDY CALLED ME A SNAKE: by Sun Young Kim
ONE BLUE STRIP SHOW: by So Young Yang

SPECIAL EVENTS/PANELSPANELS:

KAFFNY 2011 Launch Party – Sat, 3/12, ArtGate Gallery, 520 W. 27th Street, #101

MADAME FREEDOM Live Rescore by DJ Spooky - VIP Opening Night Presentation, Thursday – Thurs, 3/March 17, Chelsea Clearview Cinemas

LA Riots 19 Years Later Discussion with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and Charles Burnett – Sat 3/19, Chelsea Clearview

White Box + Big Screen Project Film/Video Screenings: Peter Bo Rappmund’s PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY, Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondig-Kung’s THE WOMAN, THE ORPHAN, AND THE TIGER and video works by So Young Yang – Fri 3/18, Sat 3/19, White Box/Big Screen Project

Korean American Filmmakers Panel , Sun, 3/20, Chelsea Clearview