Austin Asian American Film Festival THIS weekend


Living in a city where “booming” might be an understatement in describing the entertainment industry, it is no surprise that ANOTHER film festival is upon us. The 6th annual Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) kicks off TOMORROW (Thursday, November 12) and lasts until this Sunday, November 15, holding events at various places around Austin including the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, Malverde, and The Music Gym.

With a mission to provide a channel for international Asian and Asian-American artists by promoting and supporting their work, the AAAFF is bringing a line-up of 40 outstanding feature films and shorts this year chosen from over 300 submissions worldwide. Celebrating the best in independent Asian cinema across the golbe, the films chosen showcase an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental films that aim at bringing awareness to important global issues like environmental protection and supporting other causes through media impact. The 40 films will be shown at various time across the 4 days at prime Austin locations such as the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, the UT Student Union Theater, and the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Apart from showcasing films, this year’s festival has expanded to include a discussion panel, a few parties, and an exclusive concert. Tomorrow a discussion panel will be held at the UT Campus’ Union Theater, which takes a look at the website and its effects/contributions to the Asian American identity. Ending the night and kicking off the festival with a bang is an Opening Night Party, taking place at KTV Sillhouette Lounge– the ONLY karaoke bar in the heart of downtown. Starting at 10:00 PM, the party promises Cambodian girl rock (among other world tracks), karaoke rooms, and unlimited drinks for badge holders. After Friday’s festivities, a Bollywood Blowout has been planned at 2nd street club, Malverde, with FREE access and 2 FREE drinks with an RSVP. With DJ Mel spinning Bollywood inspired music and drinks provided by Bacardi and Maker’s Mark, dancing is pretty much inevitable. Finally, an exclusive concert with Filipina underground hip-hop superstar JenRO, is taking place on Saturday night at The Music Gym off East 6th, with drinks provided by Sweet Leaf Tea, Red Bull, Kirin Ichiban, and TY KU Sake. Again, FREE access and 2 FREE drinks with RSVP, so come and dance party from 10-2.

With an absolutely amazing line-up and some pretty bad ass parties in store, the AAAFF might just be the thing to do this weekend. Badges are still available, so for more information on how to get them, what else is involved, and to look at the schedule, head over to the event page and the AAAFF website!


November 11, 2009. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. Ramey Ko replied:

    Thanks for the write-up guys! Remember – $50 gets you the VIP badge with priority access and open bar at all three parties plus goodies – easily the best deal in town!

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