A few days ago I mentioned that I was helping out on a great new event in Pittsburgh, the Silk Screen Film Festival. Well we’ve finally got a list of movies that are planned for the festival, and they look pretty impressive. Opening up is a film called Amu. The story-line is one of a young adopted woman who returns to her native India to find her past, and stumbles into the dark secrets of her childhood. She was a young child who was orphaned during the anti-Sikh riots that convulsed across India soon after Indira Gandhi was assassinated (1984). It was a particularly dark time in Modern Indian history, one that still sparks powerful emotions, especially amongst the Sikh diaspora. I’m looking forward to the screening of Amu and the rest of the excellent selection of films that the festival committee has gathered for Silk Screen.
So, the last few months I’ve been volunteering some of my time to help launch a brand new film festival in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has a fairly large Asian population, one that is active in many community activities, but until recently the disparate Asian groups haven’t had a unifying event to call their own. With the inaguration of the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, that will soon change. The brainchild of several motivated, and creative, Asians, Silk Screen is beginning to take a life of its own. The festival plans to become an annual event, eventually expanding to a range of arts beyond film. As a volunteer in this effort, and casual observer on the dynamics of putting together this huge effort on a shoe-string budget, I’ve been very impressed by creativity of the sponsors and patrons of the festival. Take, for example, the team over at Wall-to-Wall Studios, they have put together an amazing website , and associated collateral material. They just released a film trailer that will run at all of the festival venues. Check it out here. Pretty cool stuff, right?