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ACCENTED | For Your Consideration: Diasporic Vietnamese Filmmakers
January 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST
The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) presents ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora, a virtual series of programs that will feature a variety of writers, poets, artists, actors, filmmakers, scholars, and other cultural producers from the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora.
This installation of ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora will take place Friday, January 22nd at 7:00 pm PST / 10:00 pm EST, hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and will feature filmmakers Carol Nguyen (No Crying at the Dinner Table) and Bao Nguyen (BE WATER). We’ll be rolling out the virtual red carpet for our first ACCENTED of 2021 for an intimate conversation with filmmakers whose recent works, partly inspired by their experiences in the Vietnamese diaspora, are contenders for the 2021 Academy Awards.
Visit https://bit.ly/ACCENTED8 to RSVP. General admission tickets are $5 or by donation. Share the event and tag DVAN on Facebook and Instagram (@weare_dvan) for a discount code!
About the Guests:
Bao Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Saigon. His work has appeared in the New York Times, HBO, Vice, NBC, ARTE, among others. He was the producer and cinematographer of NUOC 2030 a feature sci-fi that opened the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlinale and was awarded the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Award. In 2015, he directed the documentary feature, LIVE FROM NEW YORK! which opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He produced Tran Thanh Huy’s ROM which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival where it won the festival’s top prize, the New Currents award. In addition, it was one of the highest grossing films in Vietnam in 2020.
Bao Nguyen’s latest directorial effort BE WATER world premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival was invited to other major festivals such as Cannes, SXSW, Telluride, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Sydney, Hong Kong, among many others. BE WATER broke ratings records with its world broadcast premiere in the United States as part of Disney owned ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series. Recently, Nguyen has also formed a new production company, EAST Films, with offices in Los Angeles California and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nguyen, alongside other creative partners Ham Tran, Jenni Trang Le, Anderson Le, among others. They formed EAST to nurture and produce transnational stories with a focus on Southeast Asia. It is a creative studio with three silos — genre films for the local Vietnamese market, Pan-Asian streaming series based in Southeast Asia, and prestige fare to support the burgeoning cinema culture of Vietnam and bring it to international audiences. He is an alumnus of the 2012 and 2014 Berlinale Talent Campus as well as a Firelight Media Producers Fellow. He earned his BA at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Carol Nguyen (carolnguyenfilms.com) is a 22 year-old Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto and Montreal. Her films often explore the subjects of cultural identity, family and memory. Her most recent film “NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its international premiere at IDFA 2019, where she was also invited as the Opening Night speaker. It also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW. Carol is a 2018 Sundance Ignite fellow, Adobe Creativity Scholar and a TIFF Share Her Journey ambassador, where she strives to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Today, Carol is working towards developing her first documentary feature as well as an animated short.
About the Host:
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, The Refugees, and Race and Resistance: Literature, Politics and Asian America. His most recent book was Chicken of the Sea, done with his son Ellison. His next book is The Committed, the sequel to The Sympathizer.
About the Moderator:
Philip Nguyen is the producer of ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). He teaches Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and is the Community Organizing Manager for the Vietnamese American Roundtable, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Jose, California. Philip serves as the President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) and as the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans (YVA) Committee for PIVOT – The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization.
With curated custom cocktails by mixaphoria: Thuy Phan is the creator of mixaphoria, a virtual bookbar that curates and designs cocktail pairings for books by diverse writers. mixaphoria’s mission is to encourage readers to engage with diverse literature and spark thoughtful discussions. Thuy’s recipes and book reviews for each pairing can be found at mixaphoria.com or on Instagram @mixaphoria. Thuy is also a dancer and lives in MA.
In partnership with:
Eastwind Books of Berkeley has been a major source for Asian American literature, Asian Studies, Language Learning, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Martial Arts books. All books featured in ACCENTED are available at https://asiabookcenter.com for a special discounted price.
The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization founded in 2004 upon the principle of empowering the next generation of Vietnamese youth with self-awareness, passion for change and propensity for leadership. UNAVSA is a family of Vietnamese youth organizations working together to advance the interests of Vietnamese youth in order to build a stronger Vietnamese community at home and abroad.
About the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
All funds raised for ACCENTED will go towards supporting DVAN’s mission to promote voices and stories of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora and connect them to diasporic communities all over the globe.
This program is sponsored by the DVAN@SFSU Project of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
For more information about the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) please visit our website at https://dvan.org or follow us on Instagram (@weare_dvan)
DVAN believes that the stories, imaginaries, and poetics of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can unite our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese voices. DVAN presents nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to promote understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. Our complex and diverse stories must be championed and passed on to current and future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.