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Korean American Film Festival New York and Big Screen Project Launch KAFFNY Urban Program in Midtown

October 17, 2010
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If you are planning to be in New York City in early November, here is something you might be interested in. Below is a press release for a Korean American Film Festival being held in New York. Check it out:

Korean American Film Festival New York and Big Screen Project Launch KAFFNY Urban Program in Midtown, Nov. 3-7, 2010

The Korean American Film Festival New York or KAFFNY today announced five days of film programming to kick off Eventi Hotel’s Big Screen Project launch in New York CIty.

Now under construction behind the Eventi Hotel (6th Avenue, between 29th and 30th) adjacent to Koreatown, the Big Screen Project features a 15,000-square-foot mix-use outdoor plaza to highlight innovators in film, animation, art, and to raise awareness for humanitarian and environmental issues. JD Carlisle Development is the plaza’s developer. All films will be projected on a one-of-a-kind 30-foot by 16.5-foot outdoor LED screen, with tables and chairs for easy
viewing.

“We are excited to be partnering with KAFFNY Urban to bring their festival to our outdoor public screen for all of New York to experience,” said Stuart Rentzler, senior director of the Big Screen Project.
(http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-NY/Big-Screen-Project/130836706959917?ref=ts)

“The proximity to Koreatown, one of New York’s vibrant neighborhoods, along with KAFFNY’s unique and diverse content is an example of the type of opportunity we like to bring to the community,” Rentzler said.

The 15 hours of film are part of KAFFNY Urban, a new programming initiative geared toward promoting Korean and Korean-American film projects with a focus on urban issues, including the LA riots in 1992. Programming highlights include two documentaries on the 1992 LA riots — “Sa-I-Gu” and “Wet Sand.” Some additional programming is being provided with special support from Indiestory and Amuse Film, the leading distributors of independent Korean film.

“Most people know KAFFNY for our annual film festival in February. But we wanted to connect with our audience more regularly and thought this smaller screening was a great way to showcase Korean and Korean-American films using technology and a unique public space. We’re honored to be the Big Screen Project’s debut art event,” said Dave Kim, KAFFNY’s co-founder and director of the annual film festival held in February. “We’re calling this project KAFFNY ‘Urban’ because we have a commitment to showcasing NYC-based, homegrown film talent as Korean film projects also continue to attract international audiences and markets.”

PROGRAMMING

KAFFNY Urban will feature 15 hours of programming in five, three-hour blocks, 8pm-11 pm. The event also will feature a fundraiser/media event for filmmakers, sponsors, and special guests to celebrate the new space and view selected KAFFNY programming.

NARRATIVE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
“Chemical Fiction” by Thomas Kim / “Crippled” by Len Chi / “The 8th Samurai” by Justin Ambrosino /”The Last Mermaids” by Liz Chae / “The Last Vacation” by Jae-Ho Chang / “Love Is Worth It” by Sung-Min Yi / “Passing” by Esther Chung / “The Postcard” by Josh Kim / “Texas Girl” by Hyung Hyup Kim / “Une Vie Merveilleuse a Paris” by Sungmi Park / “Within Limits” by Eubin Ki

NON-NARATIVES INCLUDES:
“My Daddy Called Me a Snake” by Sun Young Kim / “red; state” by Sun Young Kim /
“Symphony” and “Way Home” by Erick Oh

Check our Website for programming updates http://kaffny.com/
You can also visit the Big Screen Project http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-NY/Big-Screen-Project/130836706959917?ref=ts

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LOCATION/DIRECTIONS
Public plaza behind Eventi Hotel 851 6th Ave (btwn 29th and 30th streets)
1, 2, 3, B, D, F, M, N, R, Q

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ABOUT KAFFNY

Founded in 2007, KAFFNY, a 501(c)(3), is the first film festival created in New York City dedicated to presenting the work of filmmakers and media-makers of Korean descent. KAFFNY offers a unique platform to feature and support the growing Korean American filmmaking community in NYC and abroad. Past programming has featured international festival participants, Student Academy Award winners, and box office hits. Each year, the festival attracts a diverse audience of 500+ from industry executives to professionals in law, finance, arts, technology and marketing. The 5th Annual Korean American Film New York is scheduled for February 2011.

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Press Contacts:
Ashley Miller
ashley@kaffny.com

Susie Lim
susie@kaffny.com

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