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November 04, 2022

The CMU International Film Festival presents “Tried And True:” A Night of Asian-Made Short Films

Organized by the Humanities Center with the Support of the Humanities Scholars Program.


Join CMU IFF, aKDPHI, Screenshot Asia, UPitt Asian Studies Center, and Big Straw Magazine for a night of short films produced by Asian filmmakers! The event takes place Wednesday, November 9 at 7 PM, and will be accompanied by a keynote presentation from Milky Tran.

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Location: McConomy Auditorium, in the Jared L. Cohon University Center (5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

Keynote Speaker: Milky Tran

Milky Tran is a 23-year-old Vietnamese-American writer, director, and editor based in Los Angeles. Tran is a Pittsburgh native and a Point Park alum with a BFA in Cinema Production, and was nominated in the Asian American International Film Festival’s “Ones to Watch” Category. She also worked as a film fellow for the DB Frieze LA Film Award with Endeavor Content and Ghetto Film School. Currently, Tran works as Staff Director at Jubilee Media and is a mentee of the Unlock Her Potential mentorship program. Tran’s films center around women of color protagonists as they maneuver life and love, as well as take an intimate look at the Asian Diaspora.

The selection of films include:

FIRST TIMERS by Jee Hoon Seo
An advanced surfer encounters a beginner surfer struggling on his first session and is reminded of his own beginnings.

DE CLOSIN NIGHT by Shicong Zhu & Ella Rouwen Chen
A Chinese theater student tries to get rid of her accent in order to land a college performance. But as she tries harder, the line between the skill set and her self-identity gets blurred.

WALINONG SARI by Eugene Foo & Honey Ahmad
A warrior princess of Inderapura has to choose between a kingdom that comes with a strategic marriage or, to follow her heart for a life of adventure with a man who truly understands her.

OINK by Milky Tran
A story about unconditional admiration and how mothers can unconsciously pass on their own unhealthy habits and insecurities to their daughters.