San Jose Japantown Film Festival (J-Town FilmFest)

 29 May
 JTS Northside Community Center
 488 North Sixth St - 95112 - San Jose - United States
 Japantown FilmFest
WHAT: The 1st Annual San Jose Japantown Film Fesitval (J-Town FilmFest) WHEN: Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31, 2015 WHERE: Jacinto "Tony" Siquig Northside Community Center and The Japanese American Museum of San Jose Tickets can be purchased through: Brown Paper Tickets FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE~ OPENING NIGHT - FRIDAY, MAY 29 Location: Jacinto "Tony" Siquig (JTS) Northside Community Center 7:00 PM Delano Manongs Q&A with filmmaker Marissa Aroy and Luis Valdez notable playwright and founder of El Teatro Campesino follows the film screening PLUS 8:15 PM Special music event with Sonido Clash SATURDAY, MAY 30 Location: JTS Northside Community Center 11:00 AM Hibakusha 12:45 PM Kumu Hina 3:00 PM Skin Stories 5:00 PM East Side Sushi plus 7:15 PM Sushi reception 8:30 PM The People I've Slept With CLOSING - SUNDAY, MAY 31 Location: Japanese American Museum of San Jose 1:00 PM Issei: The First Generation FILM SYNOPSIS: FRIDAY, MAY 20 Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers Movement (2014), directed by Marissa Aroy (who will be in attendance), and introduced by filmmaker and theatre producer Luis Valdez, tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role. Filipino labor organizer, Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos and other ethnic workers that would go on for years. SATURDAY, MAY 30 Hibakusha (2012), animated short film directed by Choz Belen and Steven Nguyen centers around Kaz Suyeishi, a woman in her late fifties who begins to reminisce about her earlier years living in Hiroshima, Japan during the aftermath of the atomic bombing. Kumu Hina (2014), directed by Emmy-award winning directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, the film is a profile of native Hawaiian teacher and cultural activist Kumu Hina, a transgender woman embarking on marriage with a younger man. Hamer and Wilson create a full and lively picture of Hina’s charismatic leadership as role model and communicator of Hawaiian language and heritage as she embodies the ancient tribal tradition of the mahu, a revered two-spirit person who combines male and female energies. Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo (2003), directed by Emiko Omori, Lisa Altieri and Karin Williams is a documentary that features traditional tattooing ceremonies, compelling interviews, and a breathtaking collection of tattoo body art tracing the roots of tattoo, highlighting individual stories and the evolution of cultural traditions in the Pacific. East Side Sushi (2014), directed by Anthony Lucero, tells the story of Juana who can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually Juana attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. The People I've Slept With (2009), directed by Quentin Lee, this sex comedy follows Angela Yang (Karin Anna Cheung), a young woman who enjoys sex and has had a number of partners. As mementos, she photographs her lovers and gives each of them a nickname. When she finds out she's pregnant, she decides to keep the baby. Yang then sets out to locate the five men who might be the father and decides if she can have a more permanent relationship with any of them. CLOSING - SUNDAY, MAY 31 Issei: The First Generation (1984) - Shown only twice in 1984 on San Francisco television stations before falling into obscurity, this long lost documentary recently resurfaced thanks to the efforts of Lane Hirabayashi, a UCLA professor of Asian American studies, who tracked down the film’s director. “It is probably the best single documentary about the first generation’s experiences in rural California that I know of because the Issei are able to tell their own story, in their own words,” said Hirabayashi, who is also the George & Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community.

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