New York, NY, June 20, 2013 – Asian CineVision is pleased to present the full lineup for the 36th Asian American International Film Festival, which will run from July 24th to August 3rd. This year AAIFF is presenting 26 feature films and 44 short films, for, by and about Asians and Asian Americans, with works from or featuring characters from 18 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and the USA. Of the feature films one will be making a World Premiere, one will be making an International Premiere, six will be making a U.S. Premiere, seven an East Coast Premiere, and eight a New York Premiere. With the themes of Asian American Achievements, Exploring Asian Filmscapes, LGBTQ spotlights, Taiwan Cinema Days and a tribute to Philippine filmmaker Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA (1955-2012) as well as other female filmmakers, the 36th Asian American International Film Festival aims at giving the audiences a comprehensive picture of the Asian and Asian American independent cinemas.

“Marking the 36th year, AAIFF’13 is proud to present the best most recent cinematic achievements by this class of emerging storytellers whose work will resonate for years to come,” says Asian CineVision Executive Director John C. Woo. “I have not witnessed this amount of arising new talent ever in my years. Special thanks to curators La Frances Hui and L. Somi Roy for their world vision, their patience and guidance of the staff in creating the 2013 program.”

“The wide range of genres, visual styles, and storytelling approaches speaks to the diversity and richness of Asian and Asian American cinemas. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to program this survey of cinema that reflects on Asia as well as on being Asian in America” states La Frances Hui and L. Somi Roy.

Screenings will be held at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street), and New York Institute of Technology (1871 Broadway).



dir. Loy Arcenas, 2012
Philippines, 97 minutes

Features on July 26th @ 9:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

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dir. Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983
Philippines, 123 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 8:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

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dir. Sheron Dayoc, 2012
Philippines, 15 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 7:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

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dir. Yosep Anggi Noen, 2012
Indonesia, 90 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 7:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

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For more information about the 2013 Asian American International Film Festival, visit their website at


Congratulations to Kimber Lee for winning the Lark Fellowship! Kimber is the second Ma-Yi Labbie to win the fellowship after A. Rey Pamatmat in 2011-12. Additionally, her play DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING will be produced by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, May 4 – June 1, 2014.

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Congratulations to Lauren Yee, whose play SAMSARA was among eight chosen as part of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2013 National Playwrights Conference. Lauren’s play THE TIGER AMONG US was also chosen as a 2013 Playwrighting Contest Pacific/Rim Prize Winner by the Kumu Kahua Theatre.

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Jiehae Park has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Playwrights, for her play HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO. Jiehae was recognized at the Lily Awards on June 3rd in New York City, and will also be given a public reading of her play around that same time.

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Rehana Lew Mirza has been awarded the $10,000 commission from the National New Play Network to write and develop her play NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH at the InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia this season. Additionally, Rehana will be in residence at Tofke Lake in September 2013 as part of the Emerging Artists Program, a subsidized residency for the collaborative development of new work.

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Ma-Yi Labbie Carla Ching‘s play FAST COMPANY received a workshop production by South Coast Repertory at the Julia Argyros Theater, April 26-28, as part of SCR’s 16th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, and will receive a full production in October 2013. Additionally, Carla has recently been accepted as a member of the New Dramatists, joining Labbies Clarence Coo, Mia Chung, and Qui Nguyen.

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Susan Soon He Stanton‘s play FURBALL was selected by the Kumu Kahua Theatre as the winner of the 2013 Playwrighting Contest’s Resident Prize winner.

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