Leilani Nishime interviews Vanessa Au and Ellison Sheih, the former and current codirectors of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Au and Sheih discuss the mission of the film festival, the process of selecting films, the ideological investments of the festival organizers, and the labor involved in running a festival. Of central importance to the conversation is the relationship between film festivals and the surrounding communities.
Creating Community: An Interview with Vanessa Au and Ellison Shieh of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Leilani Nishime is a Professor of Communication and an Adjunct Professor in the departments of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of the book Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture and the coeditor of Global Asian American Popular Culture and Racial Ecologies. Her writing on Asian American media and science fiction can be found in journals including the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Communication Theory. She is also the grants manager for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.
Leilani Nishime; Creating Community: An Interview with Vanessa Au and Ellison Shieh of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Feminist Media Histories 1 October 2023; 9 (4): 151–163. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2023.9.4.151
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