by Winston Chua
SGV – Members of the American Hollywood Performing Arts Group, EDI Media and G&E Studios gathered this morning in West Covina to introduce a new movie that will be part of the annual Chinese American Film Festival in November. The CAFF helps build bridges between the United States and China, to share both culture and engage in friendship.
Organizers showed an audience of perhaps a few dozen a preview of Run Away Woman, an inspiring movie and the first participating film of the 9th annual CAFF. The film tells a tale about how women find release from the pressures of life, discover true purpose by letting go of business and embrace an emotional experience they find through nature.
March 8, coincidentally, is International Woman’s Day. Jacky Liu, president of Hollywood Performing Arts Group, talked about the film directed by Dongdong.
“The film shows the rite of passage that these selected women go through. They open their mind and leave their business role behind,” said Liu.
The CAFF is now in their ninth year, having reviewed more than 700 films in total and about 150 last year. CAFF movies can be viewed in roughly 25 locations, including Edwards and Lamalae locations. There is a vast array of genres reviewed by the CAFF committee each year, from documentaries to short films and features to multicultural adventures, according to EDI Media Chairman and CEO James Su.
Notable members of the CAFF Organizing Committee, along with Su, are Mike Medavoy, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), Sid Ganis (ABC Executive Producer) and Andre Morgan of Ruddy Morgan Organization (Godfather).
The CAFF includes many of the same features as the Oscars or Golden Globes, with their own award named the Golden Angel Award, named after the city which typically hosts the award’s show each year, Los Angeles. All the major Chinese and American studios are involved in the festival, like Fox, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks, to name a few. And like their prestigious American counterparts, the CAFF carefully selects winners in Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories.
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