Asian Festival Brings Down the Curtain

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Norwegian Wood.

While wrapping up my interview with friend of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (and star of the upcoming A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas), John Cho, I mentioned that he still had time to visit the fest while in town. "If you were to make an unbilled appearance," I gently hinted, "festival director Lee Ann Kim would have a cow."

After a hearty laugh and a few contemplative seconds, he agreed: "Man, I would love to see Lee Ann have a cow!"

Who wouldn't?

No heifers, Asian or otherwise, will be slipped tonight, but this is your last chance to witness the birth of a new movie or hit a few encore screenings of festival favorites at UltraStar Mission Valley. One tip: this reporter couldn't endure more than 20 minutes of Bang Bang. In the name of Marty, I had to bolt on this hopelessly derivative (and amateurish) home town attempt at making a gangster film. Tonight's best bets are Norwegian Wood or Surrogate Valentine. Here's the lineup:

4:00 p.m.: http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/we-are-the-world/">We Are the World, a collection of six shorts (Free)

5:00 p.m.: Dave Boyle's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/surrogate-valentine-centerpiece-film/">Surrogate Valentine

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Shaolin.

6:00 p.m.: Benny Chan's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/shaolin/">Shaolin

7:00 p.m.: Byron Q's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/bang-bang/">Bang Bang

7:30 p.m.: Roseanne Liang's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/my-wedding-and-other-secrets/">My Wedding and Other Secrets

9:00 p.m.: Scud's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/amphetamine/">Amphetamine (It's not a typo. It's a Scud missive!)

9:20 p.m.: David Gelb's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/jiro-dreams-of-sushi-closing-night-film/">Jiro Dreams of Sushi

9:40 p.m.: Tran Anh Hung's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/norwegian-wood/">Norwegian Wood

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Cold Fish.

9:45 p.m.: Sion Sono's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/cold-fish/">Cold Fish

This year's awards were doled out at the annual gala. Here's to the winners!

Grand Jury Award: Dave Boyle's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/surrogate-valentine-centerpiece-film/">Surrogate Valentine

Best Narrative Feature: Patrick Wang http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/in-the-family/">In the Family

Best Feature Documentary: Kathy Huang's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/tales-of-the-waria/">Tales of the Waria

Best Narrative Short: Andrew Ahn's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/andy/">Andy

Best Short Documentary: Mina Son's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/making-noise-in-silence/">Making Noise in Silence

Special Jury Award: S. Casper Wong's http://sdaff.gala-engine.com/2011/festival-guide/program/lulu-sessions-the/">The LuLu Sessions

George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award: Patrick Wang

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Kwan

Thanks to Lee Ann, Mye, Brian, Phil, and everyone else at SDAFF for another seemingly effortless presentation. It's like watching a bolt of silk unravel. And judging by the number of sold out or near capacity screenings, you're a hit! See you next year, if not before at one of the many additional screenings you hold throughout the year.

[Related: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/big-screen/2011/oct/23/tonight-at-sdaff-meet-goh-nakamura-musician-star-o/">"Meet Goh Nakamura, Musician & Star of Surrogate Valentine".]

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