Carnegie Mellon University
November 02, 2022

CMU IFF Hosts a Night of Asian-Made Short Films

Stacy Kish
  • Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 412-268-9309

Get ready for a night of boba and Asian-made film hosted by the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival. Tried and True: A Night of Asian-made Short Films presents “First Timers,” “de closin night,” “Walinong Sari” and “Oink.” The films offer a distinct and engaging foray into perseverance, tradition and what they can mean in the 21st century.

“I created this event to amplify the voices of Asian creators,” said Sowang Kundeling, a second-year festival intern and CMU business administration major who conceptualized the event. “The lineup of films and directors has an amazing range. Tried and True is going to be an enriching event for the Asian and film communities across Pittsburgh.”

Pulling the night together is keynote speaker Milky Tran, a 23-year-old Vietnamese-American writer, director and editor based in Los Angeles. Tran, a Pittsburgh native and Point Park University graduate with a BFA in cinema production, was nominated in the Asian American International Film Festival’s “Ones to Watch” category. 

The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. To attend, register at The first 50 people who register will receive a free boba to enjoy. 

“Nowadays anyone can pick up their phone and become a filmmaker, but what does it mean to become brilliant, to turn filmmaking into an art?” asked Jolanta Lion, director of the CMU IFF.  “The lineup of films we have prepared have been awarded and have received recognition around the world, and they offer an opportunity to discuss what film as art is. I’m excited to watch these films together and discuss them with famous filmmaker Milky Tran.”  

The CMU International Film Festival is organized by the Humanities Center and with the support of the Humanities Scholars Program. It is dedicated to, and inspired by, the life and work of the late Paul Goodman, a world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist and CMU professor. Tried and True: A Night of Asian-made Short Films is sponsored by alpha Kappa Delta, Screenshot Asia, the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center and Big Straw Magazine.