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.

artsentertainmentMoviesScience and Technology

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
Joe Biden issues call for ‘unity’ amidst extreme partisan rancor

‘I will be a president for all Americans,’ he says in inauguration speech

MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (L) of Georgia taps elbows during a rally for supporters on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Both become senators Wednesday.  (Jenny Jarvie/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Vice President Harris swears in senators Padilla, Warnock, Ossoff

New Democratic senators tip balance of power in upper legislative house

President Joe Biden plans to sign a number of executive orders over the next week. (Biden Transition/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)
Biden signals new direction by signing mask order on his first day in office

President plans ambitious 10-day push of executive orders, legislation

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff looks on at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)
A new turn in history: Kamala Harris sworn in as 49th vice president

Noah Bierman and Melanie Mason Los Angeles Times Kamala Devi Harris, born… Continue reading

From left, Doug Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden wave as they arrive on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/TNS)
Joe Biden inaugurated as 46th president as Trump era comes to an end

Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Taking over the reins of government at… Continue reading

Most Read