Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and Wilkine Brutus, content director of Oogeewoogee.com. Photo by Lia Chang

PAAFF’15: Filmmakers’ Dim Sum Brunch at Sang Kee Noodle House

Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and Wilkine Brutus, content director of Oogeewoogee.com. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and Wilkine Brutus, content director of Oogeewoogee.com. Photo by Lia Chang

Thank you PAAFF’15 Festival Director Rob Buscher, Guest Services Coordinator Reema Kanzaria and Development Director Phuong Nguyen for organizing a lovely Filmmakers’ dim sum brunch at Sang Kee Noodle House in Philadelphia.

Phuong Nguyen, PAAFF'15 Development Director and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Phuong Nguyen, PAAFF’15 Development Director and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek doesn’t screen until Saturday, Nov. 21st in the Free Women’s Shorts Program, but making the trek from New York to attend the dim sum was a wonderful opportunity to meet the other filmmakers in town for the festival.

Hide and Seek starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits screens at the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) in Women’s Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative on Nov. 21

PAAFF'15 Guest Services Coordinator Reema Kanzaria and Festival Director/Programmer Rob Buscher and Abu Shahed Emon (Jalal's Story). Photo by Lia Chang
PAAFF’15 Guest Services Coordinator Reema Kanzaria and Festival Director/Programmer Rob Buscher and Abu Shahed Emon (Jalal’s Story). Photo by Lia Chang

I chatted up PAAFF’15 Festival Director Rob Buscher and sat next to Abu Shahed Emon, the writer and director of Jalal’s Story, which was recently chosen as the Official Selection to represent Bangladesh in the Foreign-Language Category of the 88th Academy Awards.

Abu Shahed Emon (Jalal's Story), Reema Kanzaria, Kamrul Islam, Rob Buscher Anika Haq Mim, Megha Kadakia (Miss India America) and Tauhida Sumi. Photo by Lia Chang
Abu Shahed Emon (Jalal’s Story), Reema Kanzaria, Kamrul Islam, Rob Buscher Anika Haq Mim, Megha Kadakia (Miss India America) and Tauhida Sumi. Photo by Lia Chang

It was good to see producer Scott Chops Jung of Philly’s legendary Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American Hip Hop group signed to a major record label, whose multimedia program was the centerpiece of The Festival on Saturday night.

PAAFF’15’s Centerpiece Event Strength in NUMBERS with Scott CHOPS Jung at International House on Nov. 14

Actor Peter Shinkoda, who can currently be seen on Marvel’s Daredevil as Nobu via NETFLIX was a special guest of The Festival.

Wilkine Brutus, content director of Oogeewoogee.com and his team were on site to interview the filmmakers.

The Festival continues through Nov. 22nd. For more information about PAAFF’15 visit phillyasianfilmfest.org and follow on social media @paaff or #PAAFF15. 

The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is presented by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo72 Comcast Spectator; and made possible through the generosity of Premier Sponsor Aetna; Founding Sponsor HBO; Partner Sponsors Wells Fargo, PHLDiversity, Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Samuel S. Fels Fund; and Prime Sponsors PECO, Jefferson Health, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium, Allstate, and Hepatitis B Foundation.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations.

Garth Kravits and Lia Chang. Photo by Rob Buscher
Garth Kravits and Lia Chang. Photo by Rob Buscher

PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. They aim to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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