Slant film fest brings Asian shorts to S.F.

There’s a new fest in town. Slant, which screens Asian American short films, is visiting from Houston, with 13 films at the 4 Star Theatre on Saturday and a DVD-release party tonight at the Kearny Street Workshop.

“Slant: Bold Asian American Images” is the brainchild of San Francisco Arts Commission project associate Melissa Hung, who also founded Hyphen magazine.

The festival, which presents an eclectic mix of Asian American cinema, has been running at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston for seven years. Hung, a native Texan who now lives in San Francisco, got a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to bring the films to her new home city this year.

“Most of the [filmmakers] like to travel their shows,” she said. “We focus on new films and emerging artists, so we want to give them exposure.”

The 4 Star was a natural choice for the screenings. “It’s a great independent theater that has been very supportive of Asian American film,” Hung said.

Slant’s future in San Francisco is not certain. It could be a first annual or a one-time stop.

“It depends on the funding,” Hung said.

But for this year, one thing is certain. Hung promises “stereotype-smashing, rollicking off-beat comedies” as well as “heartwarming and heartbreaking family stories.”

IF YOU GO

Slant: Bold Asian American Images

Best of Slant DVD Pre-Release Party

Where: Kearny Street Workshop, 180 Capp St., San Francisco
When: Thursday, July 19
Tickets: $2 -$5 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
More info: www.kearnystreet.org

Screenings

Where: 4 Star Theatre, 2200 Clement St., San Francisco
When: Saturday, July 21
Tickets: $8 at the door or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com 
More info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/16997

Slant festival schedule

Children, Young & Grown
Saturday, July 21, 7 pm

“Siu Ta's Kata Practice”
“Tze Chun's Windowbreaker”
“Dear Lemon Lima”
“The Summer of the Serpent”
“The Last Vacation”
” Lead Role: Father”

Slant curator Melissa Hung will be in attendance.

Best of Slant & More!
Saturday, July 21, 9 pm

“Profiles in Science”
“I Pie (A Love Story)”
“Maritess vs. the Superfriends”
“Dragon of Love” is
“The Police Box”
“Russian Hill Roulette”
“Officer Tsukamoto”

Filmmakers Frank Yeean Chan, Ling Liu and Dino Ignacio will join curator Melissa Hung.

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