Category Archives: Film screening

Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF)

I’m reaching out to you to get your help on letting people in Asian Studies know that Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is back and it’s only a week away! AAAFF was a successful film festival in Austin several years ago. I attended it one year when I was a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies, and I loved my experience at the festival. Now I’m part of the team that brought the film festival back this year. I worked on the programing team and I’m proud to say that we have a strong line-up of films from Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the U.S.
We’d like to get the word out to everyone in Asian Studies, so more people get to see the great films that we carefully selected, enjoy the panels and meet the filmmakers. The festival is offering a discounted student pass fee for $45.
Please see the flyers attached for more information about the $45 student film pass, as well as the information of a free screening on UT campus.

More information about the festival can be found on its website:
If any students would like to volunteer at the festival, please check out this page:
Jing Yang
MFA in Film/Media Production
The University of Texas at Austin
Director / Photographer


Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to UT Austin and the Texas Book Festival.

In conjunction with the screening of Winter in the Blood at this year’s Austin Film Festival, the Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to UT Austin and the Texas Book Festival.

Texas Book Festival
Sun, Oct. 27, 1:15pm-2:15pm
Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Texas State Capitol, 112 E. 11th St.

Alexie will appear at the Texas Book Festival (TBF) to discuss his new work, Blasphemy, and the 20th anniversary of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Book signing to follow in the TBF Signing Tent. Additional details on the Texas Book Festival are available at:

“Adapting Ethnicity” Panel

Mon. Oct 28, 4:30pm
Texas Union Theater

University of Texas at Austin

Alexie, one of the associate producers of Winter in the Blood, will join directors and writers Alex and Andrew Smith, writer Ken White, and cast members Lily Gladstone, Julia Jones, Chaske Spencer, and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson to explore the complexities of reading race in literature and film, writing and casting characters of color, and adapting culture and cultural representations for the big screen. Lois Welch will also be in attendance to talk about the adaptation of her husband James Welch’s novel into film.

A reception will follow in the Santa Rita Suite of the Union (UNB 3.502). Doors for the panel open at 4:00pm. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.
About Alexie

Sherman Alexie has won a National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award, to name a few. In addition to Winter in the Blood, his film credits include Smoke Signals (1998), a critically acclaimed movie inspired by his short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.” With a style that has been described as “emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic, and devastatingly funny,” Alexie captures both the trauma and dignity of contemporary Native American life.

The 2013-2014 edition of TILTS, “Reading Race in Literature & Film,” brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways that we experience race and ethnicity. TILTS is an annual, multidisciplinary initiative that showcases dynamic scholarship in literary and textual based studies.

TILTS is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Vice-Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English of The University of Texas at Austin. The co-sponsor of this event is the Austin Film Festival.

TILTS Directors
Dr. James Cox (
Dr. Domino Perez (
Dr. Jennifer Wilks (

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Director: Alicia Dwyer
Producer: Alicia Dwyer & Tom Xia
Co-Producers: Juli Vizza & Michael Dwyer

Short Synopsis:
Two families living side by side, but worlds apart, collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. Fed up with toy and food recalls, the Jones family down the street eagerly accept the consumer mission-impossible and are drawn into a surprising intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses wrestle with the escalating influence of China in their lives and Tom struggles to get beyond the stereotypes, he realizes that he’s on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between the US and China.

Trailer Link:
SXSW Ticket Link:

SXSW Showtimes:

Venue: Rollings Theater at The Long Center
Sunday, March 10th
7:00PM – 8:02PM

SXSatellite: Alamo Village
Monday, March 11th
4:00PM – 5:02PM

Alamo Ritz2
Saturday, March 16th
4:00PM – 5:02PM

Inspiring Women Leaders 2/12

KLRU, the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders invite you to a discussion about cultivating leadership. The evening will also feature short video features on local women and girls making a difference in the Austin community and a preview of the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

Date: February 12
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP at

Inspiring Women Leaders, a discussion about cultivating leadership, will focus on inspiring future generations through mentorship and other means. Speakers will include:

Christine Adame
Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, participant in INSPIRE: Empowering Texas Women Leaders program, and former staff member of NEW Leadership Texas.
Monica Martinez
Project Specialist, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
Alma Jackie Salcedo
Graduate Coordinator at Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, UT-Austin
As part of the event, KLRU will present eight short videos featuring local women and girls who are inspiring others through their actions. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of KLRU’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. A preview from the upcoming PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America – a film that shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live – will also be shown. This documentary airs February 26th at 7 pm on KLRU.

Special screening of Burma VJ

From: Leslie Canter <>
Subject: Screening of Burma VJ Feb 13
My name is Leslie Canter and I wanted to get in touch with you guys about a special screening of Burma VJ coming up in February.  I thought that you might be interested in joining me for the event.  The film is scheduled to be shown at the Galaxy theater on Wednesday, February 13 and is open to the public.  The screening is based on a crowd-sourcing model, and in order for the event to happen, ticket sales need to meet a minimum threshold!
For more information and to purchase tickets, please see the link below:
On another note, I am interested in using the screening as an opportunity to engage the community in a broader discussion. I wondered if there were any professors, assistants or graduate students who you would recommend that might be able to precede the screening with a topic related to Myanmar/Burma.
Please let me know what you think. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kindest Regards,
Leslie Canter
(512) 423-1506