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Race & Hollywood: Asian Images in Film (Tuesdays & Thursdays in June)
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The Slanted Screen

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The Slanted Screen explores portrayals of Asian men in American media, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limited roles. According to TimeOut New York film critic Lewis Beale, "the film is a comprehensive look at how Asian men have been portrayed and often stereotyped; as "yellow peril" villains, asexual geeks, cruel exotics like Fu Manchu and inscrutable brainiacs in the Charlie Chan mold."

The film premiered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and won best documentary film at the New York International Independent Film & Video festival in 2006. The Slanted Screen presents candid interviews with actors, filmmakers, and scholars who share their unique insights and illuminating perspectives, and over 50 film clips spanning a century.

The film includes interviews with actors Mako (The Sand Pebbles), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat, The Last Emperor), Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song, Crimson Kimono, Bridge to the Sun), Dustin Nguyen (21 Jumpstreet), Phillip Rhee (Best of the Best), Will Yun Lee (Daredevil), Tzi Ma (24, Rush Hour), comedian Bobby Lee (MAD TV), producer Terence Chang (Mission Impossible II), casting director Heidi Levitt (The Joy Luck Club), writer Frank Chin, and directors Gene Cajayon (The Debut), Justin Lin (The Fast and Furious III; Better Luck Tomorrow) and Eric Byler (Charlotte Sometimes).

The Slanted Screen integrates these diverse voices to offer a rich and thorough exploration that is enlightening, amusing, and entertaining. Above all, The Slanted Screen envisions a future where the complexities of a multi-ethnic society are fully portrayed in film.

Director: Jeff Adachi
Producer: Jeff Adachi and Alex Yeung
Writer: Jeff Adachi
Cinematography: Ann Kaneko
Production Design: Sean Dana
Music: Michael Becker
Cast: Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jason Scott Lee, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Bobby Lee, Justin Chin.



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