FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11th Annual DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON
April 29-May 1, 2016 – Bijou Art Cinemas and Broadway Metro, Eugene, OR
DisOrient is a social justice film festival committed to the honest portrayals of the diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander American experiences. The 11th annual festival showcases a curated collection of 14 feature films, 17 short films, and 2 music videos. Over 25 filmmakers and actors will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A’s.
The festival starts on Friday, April 29th at 6:00 pm with The Opening Night Film, “TYRUS,” which presents the life and career of 105+ year old Chinese American artist, Tyrus Wong, from his immigration to the U.S. as a child to his artistic contributions to animation and classic American cinema. The director, Pamela Tom, will be in attendance. Saturday evening special presentation is DisOrient’s Centerpiece Film, the epic and spectacular feature narrative “Persona Non Grata – The Chiune Sugihara Story,” produced by Cine Bazar. Director Cellin Gluck is planning to attend for a highly anticipated Q&A after the film, which is based on the true historical accounts about a Japanese diplomat who, during World War II, faced a moral dilemma that affected the lives of thousands of European Jews in Lithuania. A must see is the documentary “In Football We Trust,” which made its world premiere at Sundance and permits a rare and intimate access to the families of 4 Pacific Islander football players who have hopes of making it into the NFL. DisOrient closes with “Comfort,” accompanied by Director William Lu and lead actor, Julie Zhan. Lu’s feature film debut brings Cameron (Chris Dinh) and Jasmine (Julie Zahn) together as they explore the after-hours food scene in LA while Cameron hides his dreams away in the darkness of the night.
Purchase All Access VIP Passes for $75 in advance at www.disorientfilm.org, or $80 at the door. The Opening Night Reception is at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with a live musical performance by Portland band- The Slants, that is included with tickets to “TYRUS” or VIP Passes. Front man Simon Tam will also speak on “How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble.” . General tickets ($15) to the Opening Night show will be sold at the door at 8:45 pm. Admission to the Sunday Night Awards Gala at LZ Chinese Dish will be included with VIP Passes or ticket stub for “Comfort. Individual film tickets will be sold on-line starting in April or at the door until sold out. There is a Free Sunday Shorts program.” Check www.disorientfilm.org for updates and schedule TBA.