7:00PM COACH (95 MIN) Preceded by STEREOTYPES (7 MIN)

Stereotypes (7 min)

Michael Dillon | Director | Doc | 2016 | USA | Premiere

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Stereotypes is the story behind the new photo series by photographer Kevin J. Briggs. When a negative encounter at work sparks Briggs to react, he does so in the best way he knows, through his art. What begins as a personal grows into collaboration reflection, and results in strong step forward in one of today's most important conversation.


Coach/Jiáolián (75 min)

AIFF JURY AWARD FOR “BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Esteban Arguello | Director | Doc | 75 min | 2015 | USA- China

Panel Discussion with Esteban Argüello, Producer/Director & Norman de Silva.

This is the story of 27-year-old Norman de Silva, who overnight was given the head coaching job of the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) Foshan Long Lions. Although basketball has been in China for over a hundred years, their professional league is still very young. In an effort to make the CBA games more exciting and to enhance the training and development of local players, the CBA allows each team to contract up to two American players and an American coach. For Norman, China is an opportunity at the job he's always wanted, but as he delves deeper into the lives of his players he sees kids that have been put through exhausting and mundane drills for years to become model athletes. In order to win, Norman has to help his players fall in love with basketball again. 

Jiàoliàn [Coach] is a rare time-capsule of what it means to play basketball in China at a time when age-old Eastern practices are clashing with new Western methods.

Official Selection of the Sebastopol Doc Fest, Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, D.C. Asian American FF, Washington DCand Frozen River Film Festival.

10:00PM – midnight| VIP After-Party at Za Restaurant