TITLE: YEAR OF THE DRAGON

SYNOPSIS: For most of his career, Bruce Lee was typecast and marginalized by Hollywood studios — deemed unfit for leading roles. In 'Year of the Dragon,' Seattle poet Troy Osaki channels the spirit of Lee in a powerful monologue, revisiting the challenges the action star faced as an actor of color.  This film was shot in Seattle's Chinatown / International District, where Lee lived, studied and trained during his teens and early 20s.

Director: Quinn Russell Brown | Language/subtitles: English |2016 | 3:00 | Color| Country: USA | Premiere Status: Southwest Premiere

TITLE: DON’T CRY

SYNOPSIS: Mankind is managed by AI and birth is forbidden. 

Director: Tomoya Takashima | Language/subtitles: Japanese/English | 2015 | color | Genre: Anime | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: Southwest première

 

TITLE: BLOOM

SYNOPSIS:  "Bloom" takes us on a musical journey as we follow the heartbeat of an awakening forest.

Director: Margaret To | Language/subtitles: No Dialogue | 2016 | 3min 34sec, color | Country: USA | Premiere Status: Dallas Premiere

 

TITLE: POKEY POKEY

SYNOPSIS: Pokey Pokey is a black comedy and horror animated short film that depicts how a father tries to protect his son from seeing filthiness of this crime-ridden city.

Director: Junjie 'Jake' Zhang | Language/subtitles: English | 2015 | 6min 20sec, color | Country: China, USA | Premiere Status: Dallas Premiere

TITLE: KARMA

Director: Peter Zhaoyu Zhou | Language/subtitles: English | 2017 | 3:48 | Color | Country: USA | Genre: Animation | Premiere Status: Southwest Premiere

TITLE: AFFORDANCE

SYNOPSIS: "Affordance" is a coined word by psychologist James · J · Gibson. "An affordance is a relation between an object or an environment and an organism that, through a collection of stimuli, affords the opportunity for that organism to perform an action." Can human beings feel what’s beyond “affordance”?  If this is possible, can people mature in a way to change the outcome?

Director: Hayato NOVE | Language/subtitles: English | Year: 2016 | running time: 18min 26s | color/b&w:  b&w | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: U.S.

TITLE: THE WATER NEVER STAYS

SYNOPSIS: An ink wash painting artist is painting her new work. She feels that her painting misses something, but she does not know what it is. 

Director: Yasuji Takahashi | Language: English | Year: 2017 | Running Time: 04:03 | Color/ B&W: Color | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: North America Premiere

TITLE: MATASABURO OF THE WIND

SYNOPSIS: A little girl moves to the countryside due to her father's work, where she attended a small school in the mountains during her stay.  Rumor has it that she is "Matasaburo", the child of the Wind God. 

Director: Hiroki Yamada | Language/subtitles: Japanese/English | 2016 | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: US Premiere