Saturday, October 10, 2009
I was bumped. Like the insignificant neophyte comedian that's booked on "The Tonight Show" but never performs cause they run short on time. An exaggeration of course, but I was told by PCA that I would be giving a plug for La Cinematheque prior to the screening of PAAFF's opening night film Children of Invention. So I of course dressed to impress, practiced incessantly and basically gave it way more of my day than I should have, only to be told when I arrived that there wouldn't be time.
Of course, I would have had to follow Sharon Pinkenson, Exe. Dir of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office whose trademark curls and fabulous apparel, make other women in the room look drab, so perhaps it's just as well.
This was the second year for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. There was about 140-160 attendees for opening night. I wouldn't say it was a completely mixed crowd of film attendees, but it was by far not all Asian. About 50 of the attendees made it over to Marathon for the opening "party", $6 beers do not a party make, but the noshing was adequate and I met a cute and lively performance artist who was fun to chat with and later flirted with an old crush, so all in all not a bad night.
I spoke with Joe Kim, the Festival's Director and asked him if it was a big improvement of attendance from last year? He responded, far larger, so I assume it was pretty much a handful of attendees last year. I also asked him what fell into place better this year that hadn't for the inaugural festival - in hindsight, a stupid question, as his answer was EVERYTHING! He'd be too much of a gentlemen to put it this way, but basically last year evidently he and his staff didn't know their heads from their asses.
So glad to see they've gotten a second year and I wish them luck in many more to come.
Review of Children of Invention by Tze Chun, to come. I've got to run back to the festival now to catch, actor, Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, The Wackness, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) being presented with PAAFF's Rising Star Award and them I'm going to see the screening of Second Moon.
It's definitely time to purchase a Netbook so I can do more timely posts in between events. The reviews I've read say the Samsung NC10 or the Asus Eee PC 1002HA is the way to go. Any opinions out there?