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Visions of Fire: LGBTQ+ Voices

Fruit Fly
February 27, 2021 - 3:00 pm

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Program introduction by UCLA Film & Television Archive Director May Hong HaDuong. Post-screening conversation with filmmaker H.P. Mendoza and actress-filmmaker-producer Rain Valdez. Moderated by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television associate dean and professor Sean Metzger.


Shu Mai Online (2020)

What’s a drag queen to do in the middle of a pandemic? Enter Jeffrey Liang, aka Miss Shu Mai, who teaches others to display the butt-butt. This is UCLA EthnoCommunications alum and current UCLA Theater, Film and Television graduate student Emory Chao Johnson’s contribution to Asian American Documentary Network’s #AsianAmCovidStories micro doc series.

Color, 2 min. Director: Emory Chao Johnson.

Razor Tongue: Episode 1 (2019)

If you don’t have the privilege of having a transgender Guamanian in your life, get ready! Rain Valdez will provide you with an education through this collaboratively-created web series.

Color, 5 min. Director: Natalie Heltzel. Screenwriter: Rain Valdez. With: Rain Valdez, Shaan Dasani, Sarah Parlow.

Unspoken (2019)

This poignant short explores coming out to immigrant parents through what might be described as an epistolary genre. The audience bears witness to recitations from a group of diverse Asian Americans that might forever alter family dynamics.

Color, 18 min. Director: Patrick G. Lee.

Fruit Fly (2009)

10th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition!

Fabulous. Fantastic. Fierce. Clear your living room so you can sing and dance along in our celebration of this musical extravaganza’s 10th anniversary! Learn a few new moves and a whole lot of tunes as you follow our protagonist, a Filipina American performance artist, making a home for herself in her world and ours. Fruit Fly celebrates those who might feel marginal but are indispensable to community formation. This romp through San Francisco is brought to you by the team behind the indie hit Colma: The Musical. This screening will be an unforgettable party with queer Asian Americans and those who love them. You don’t want to miss it!

Color, 94 min. Director: H.P. Mendoza.