Competition Documentary Features
Seeking Asian Female
DIRECTED BY DEBBIE LUM
USA, 2012, 82 MIN
Steven has a nasty case of “Yellow Fever.” Twice-divorced and over 60, he trolls the internet seeking an Asian woman to call his own. At the other end of the web is “Sandy,” a Chinese national half his age. Love blossoms despite their inability to speak without Google Translator. He flies her to San Francisco with plans to marry, but fantasies crash hard. Steven sought a submissive yellow rose but instead got a pint-size firecracker with a secret agenda and no tolerance of bachelor habits. The twist is the presence of filmmaker Debbie Lum (an Asian-American female). She intended to make an exposé of Yellow Fever and what she imagined were Steven’s demeaning and racist attitudes toward Asian women. Instead, she’s sucked into their relationship as a translator, couples counselor, and the only one who actually knows what they are both thinking. Try as she might to stay objective, Lum is trapped in the middle as this cross-cultural romance unbelievably stumbles toward legal union. It’s riveting from start to finish—funny, uncomfortable, and painfully honest. Reality TV can only dream of capturing something this real.
DIRECTED BY BEN STEINBAUER
USA, 2012, 15.5 MIN
The most notorious signing by the Beatles-owned Apple Records was a strange man who wrote a song known as “The Fuh King.” Say it fast and you’ll see why he was dropped. Now 70 years-old, forgotten, and more than a little bitter, it’s time for his revival.