Free and open to the public.
Please join us for a special conversation with filmmaker David Boyle of “White on Rice” and Producer Mynette Louie of “Children of Invention,” moderated by Jeff Yang, editor of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and former aMagazine founding editor. We will get sneak previews of clips of the films, which are both opening in New York City on March 12th. The filmmakers will discuss Asian Americans in film, writing and representation, and the creation of their films.
“White on Rice”
40-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he’s getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew’s bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko, and dodges the wrath of his impatient brother-in-law Tak. He thinks that if only he could get married all his problems would be solved. But when he falls head over heels for Tak’s niece things only go from bad to worse.
“White on Rice” won the 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival Audience Award and the 2009 VC FilmFest – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Jury Prize for both Acting – New Talent to Watch for Justin Kwong and for Best Screenplay for Dave Boyle and Joel Clark.
“Children of Invention”
After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. When Elaine doesn’t return home one night, nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond, a budding inventor, realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister.
“Children of Invention” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 40 film festivals, and won 15 festival awards including: Grand Jury Prizes at the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Ojai-Ventura Film Festival.