Slant 9: Bold Asian American Images, Aurora Picture Shows ninth annual film festival, breaks a few stereotypes with 11 quirky shorts. Theres Waiting for a Train, Oscar Buchers hybrid documentary about Tokyo cowboy musician Toshio Hirano; Machine With Wishbone, Randall Okitas delightful live-action-but-looks-like-stop-motion film; Survivors, Soham Mehtas 13-minute zombie movie; and The Others, Aram Siu Wai Colliers wacky tribute to whod have guessed Lou Diamond Phillips.
Slants founder/curator is Houston-born Melissa Hung, a onetime Houston Pressstaff writer who now lives in San Francisco, where shes the blog editor of the Asian-American magazine Hyphen. The advantage to being a small film festival is that we only show the best work, Hung emailed us from San Francisco. We show Asian American films, not films from Asia. This is an important distinction, because were not showing foreign films. Were showing homegrown, stereotype-smashing art. 7 p.m. Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. Free to $6. Tickets must be purchased online.
Sat., May 30, 7 p.m., 2009