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Nov 9: Program 13 – CLOSING NIGHT

VAFF 2014

A Leading Man


True story: those who can’t do, (sometimes) sleep their way to the top. VAFF is proud to present the Canadian premiere of “A Leading Man,” Steven J. Kung’s feature writing and directing debut, as our CLOSING PRESENTATION. After being fired from the episodic TV gig of his dreams for refusing to portray a racial stereotype, GQ Qi finds himself blacklisted in LA and potentially out of an acting career. Fine, frisky and frustrated, GQ fights to salvage what’s left of his career in the only way he thinks he can. A career in television writing and production inspired Kung to write “A Leading Man” after witnessing systemic stereotypical and two-dimensional depictions of Asian North Americans in film and television. Art imitates life; casting by the colour numbers, and the casting couch, remain familiar scenarios. Although this film is set in the LA film industry, parallels are all too easily drawn with Vancouver and elsewhere.


Sun, Nov 9 | Film screening at 7pm | Party from 9:30pm to Midnight | Location: The Abbey, 117 West Pender St., Vancouver

Before festival $20 | During festival | $25

Party only | $10

Wrap up this year’s VAFF and unwind with filmmakers, industry and VAFF volunteers. Cash Bar.

Co-Presented with Community Partner

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