13th Annual Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival
The 13th Annual Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival is a celebration of art, film, and music.
HAAPI Fest will feature opening night film The Tiger Hunter, a refreshing and genuine comedic narrative of a young South Asian engineer (played by Danny Pudi) immigrating to Chicago during the 1970s to pursue passion and romance; Gook, a gripping tale of two Korean American brothers’ struggle to maintain their family shoe store in Paramount, CA and their unique friendship with a young African American girl during the 1992 LA Riots; and Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story, a powerful documentary exploring the evolution of Eddy Zheng, a Chinese immigrant who, at the age of 16, became the youngest prisoner at San Quentin State Prison and later became one of the nation’s most recognized leaders on prison reform and youth violence prevention.
Lena Khan, director of The Tiger Hunter, will speak on Thursday, June 1 at the Asia Society Texas Center about her debut feature film. Kicking off weekend two, Ben Wang, director of Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story, who is best known for his 2009 feature documentary, Aoki, will participate in a post-screening Q&A on Friday, June 9 and will co-lead a TEA Talks discussion on Saturday, June 10 in regards to our current criminal justice system and mass incarceration.
The Festival is also debuting its first High School filmmaker workshop/competition on Saturday, June 3 to nurture the next generation of local AAPI creators as well as continuing the popular Arts Night program on Saturday, June 10 to showcase Houston’s AAPI performing artists.
Events on June 1 will be at the Asia Society Texas Center. The remainder of the events will be at America Cinema. For a full schedule of events, go to the festival website.