Austin Asian American Film Festival
Expanded from one weekend to 17 days, the hybrid Austin Asian American Film Festival features a combination of virtual programming and drive-in and outdoor screenings that runs June 4-20. Devoted to Asian and Asian-American films, the festival opens June 4 with Filipina director Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl at the Community First! Village Drive-In Cinema. The festival will also hold drive-in screenings at Pioneer Farms of its centerpiece film Inbetween Girl, by Austin native Mei Makino, on June 11, and of its closing night film Definition Please, directed by Insecure’s Sujata Day, on June 18. Night on Sixth, by Austin-based director Mohit Jaswal, will enjoy a special outdoor premiere on June 16 at the Long Center Terrace. Fan Girl, Inbetween Girl, Definition Please,andNight on Sixth will also stream as part of the festival’s virtual programming, which includes the narrative features Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down, Mogul Mowgli, Red Post on Escher Street, and The Shepherdess and the Seven Songsas well as the documentaries A Is For Agustin, Cane Fire, Curtain Up!, Radiograph of a Family, The Accused: Damned or Devoted?, Try Harder!, and Wuhan Wuhan. Stanley Kwan’s 1991 biopic Center Stage, starring Maggie Cheung as Chinese silent film star Ruan Lingyu, will receive a retrospective screening. The festival also presents narrative and documentary shorts blocks.
June 3, 2021 Update: The June 4 opening night drive-screening of Fan Girl has been postponed to a later date due to inclement weather.
Aired: June 3, 2021.