Asian American Film Festival: Joan Chen, Interactive Events, Politics, Open Relationships

Twin Peaks was just the start for Joan Chen.

Christine Kwon is managing director for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, which starts tonight (Thursday) and continues through March 18. The opening night movie, White Frog, is about a boy with Asperger's syndrome starring the San Francisco resident and international star Joan Chen, B.D. Wong from Law and Order, Harry Shum Jr. from Glee, and BooBoo Stewart from the Twilight movies. Other offerings include a documentary about a Hawaiian ukulele player, and a closing night “performative cinema” event called Prison Dancer that features video, live performances by cast members, and audience participation. It's put on by the Center for Asian American Media.

We spoke with Quan about Asian Americans in politics and popular culture, replacing panel discussions with interactive features, Joan Chen, and open relationships.

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