Random Notes On The MSP Asian Film Festival

Monday, November 15, 2010

If you haven't noticed, this thing I loosely call a blog hasn't gotten a lot of love over the past couple of weeks (and the last month wasn't what I'd call a blog-a-thon either) and while it's chastised me from afar - hey - I was seeing a bunch of film and meeting some great people.

So how did the first MSP Asian Film Festival go?

Here's my breakdown.

  • Anurag Kashyap has some intense fans.
  • Mark Tang's Open Season was packed and if you haven't gotten to see it - you really should.
  • Apparently Portland people really do have some spunk (and yes I have pictures to prove it).
  • There's only so many people you can reach in a limited amount of time and in The Cities as great as the communities are, sometimes getting them all together isn't as easy as you might think. But isn't that true anywhere?
  • See Enemies Of The People.
  • I can watch a long film and I'm not saying I could do any better - but I gotta tell ya - Poetry was a long MF film. Good. But make sure to bring in some popcorn and possibly someone to cuddle with who you can keep on saying things like "I could be watching people getting blown up downstairs at The Legend Of Chao Fa but since you've forced me to watch this, I think I should at least get to cop a feel."
  • The Legend Of Chao Fa + Stars from Thailand = Really Good Crowds.
  • Does Asian, or Asian American Film bring in more audiences? I can't really tell you, but I think overall you have to have both because that's just the way we roll.
  • Panels really can turn in to roundtables.
  • I don't know what those special drinks were at the Closing Night - but I did have a few of them - and yes - they were tasty.
  • From what I hear - this just might be going down next year...who knows too - maybe with a lot more of a slant too.

And now back to your regular TV schedule.