UCD Asian American Film Festival starts with free screening

A free screening of “Yes, We’re Open” will kick off an Asian American Film Festival at UC Davis next week.

This year’s film festival theme is “Identity: Look Beyond the Surface.” The “Yes, We’re Open” screening will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Social Sciences 1100.

This is the fourth feature film collaboration between director Richard Wong and writer H.P. Mendoza (“Colma: The Musical”).

“Motivated by the script’s refreshing take on relationships in the City by the Bay, the project came together after less than a month of pre-production and features established and emerging talent on both sides of the camera,” a news release said. “A collaborative effort in true independent spirit, the film was made possible through the support and generosity of family, friends and local patrons, as well as a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised post-production funding.”

Filmed on a microbudget in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Yes, We’re Open” features Luke (Parry Shen) and Sylvia (Lynn Chen), who think of themselves as a modern couple — always in the know and open to new experiences. Enter Elena (Sheetal Sheth) and Ronald (Kerry McCrohan) — a provocative polyamorous couple that challenge Luke and Sylvia’s status in their circle of friends and with each other.

With temptation right around the corner, Luke and Sylvia must figure out where they really stand on love, sex and honesty. “Yes, We’re Open” takes an intimate look at the unconventional world of San Francisco relationships, where promiscuity and fidelity aren’t always mutually exclusive.

The film boasts fresh new performances from indie darlings Chen (“Saving Face”), Shen (“Better Luck Tomorrow”) and Sheth (“Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World”). Previously paired in Dave Boyle’s “Surrogate Valentine,” Chen and Shen shine as a relatable onscreen couple in a long-term relationship that’s begun to fizzle, the news release said. Similarly, the smoldering Sheth oozes sex appeal as part of an attractive couple that offers a seductive alternative to monogamy.

The film also features fresh Bay Area talent, including the associate producer debut of UCD alumna Lanlian Szeto.

For more information, visit YesWereOpenFilm.com.

Special to The Enterprise

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