1990s Asian American Film & Video

January 26, 2021 - January 25, 2022

The VaultMy Sight is Lined with Visions' rotating monthly spotlight on rare, underground, and transgressive work.

Each short film or video in the Vault is accompanied by an essay and an Instagram Live Q&A with the filmmaker.

February 2021

Four or Five Accidents, One June... (dir. Roddy Bogawa; 1989; 25 min.)

A prototypical mashup of techniques, speculation, enactments, and fiction following a delivery driver's route through San Diego.

"Cinematic Delivery," by Aiko Masubuchi

Instagram Live Q&A with Roddy Bogawa

March 2021

koré (dir. TRAN T. Kim-Trang; 1994; 17 min.)

The third short in Tran's The Blindness Series (1992-2006), this essay film situates its agile, trenchant explorations of sexuality, desire, and institutional treatments of people of color and AIDS patients around the blindfold.

"After Image," by Emerson Goo

Instagram Live Q&A with TRAN T. Kim-Trang

April 2021

The Trained Chinese Tongue (dir. Laurie Wen; 1994; 20 min.)

Securing her invites from chance meetings at a fish counter in a Boston Chinatown market, Laurie Wen takes us to four home-cooked meals where she, and her camera, become welcomed interlocutors.

"An Incredible and Ordinary Feast," by Chanel Kong

Instagram Live Q&A with Laurie Wen

May 2021

Mommy, Mommy Where's My Brain? (dir. Jon Moritsugu; 1986; 9 min.)

Both relentlessly referencing and sending up French film theory, this destructive short expresses the frustration and the possible ingenuity of making films within an academic setting.

"Original Intent," by Mackenzie Lukenbill

Instagram Live Q&A with Jon Moritsugu

June 2021

Voices of the Morning (dir. Meena Nanji; 1992; 13 min.), It Is a Crime (dir. Meena Nanji; 1996; 6 min.)

These two experimental videos take the analog art of videotape mixing, and, while quoting both the text and formal structures of Muslim and South Asian women writers, deconstruct the narrative strategies of more straightforward media critiques.

Instagram Live Q&A with Meena Nanji