Starting tonight at Ark Lodge Cinemas, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival is a weekend-spanning showcase of films by, for, and about Asian Americans. Among the offerings: Raskal Love, Byron Q's documentary about the life of Massive Monkees member Vanna Fut, aka Lazy; Innocent Blood, Sun W. Kim and D.J. Holloway's crime thriller set in LA's Koreatown; and Suju Vijayan's mixed-family relationship dramedy The Playback Singer. You can find full festival info at seattleaaff.org, and reviews of two featured titles—both documentaries about Asian American women that go places you won't believe—in this week's Festive column.
For now, a trailer for one of the reviewed films, an itchy documentary about cross-cultural exploitation that somehow twists its way into a love story, called Seeking Asian Female: