March 10, 2012 | Yvonne Lim Wilson
This is an amazing chance to get out and see Asian and Asian American bands and films as well as panel discussions such as “Why the Global Music Industry Needs China.”
Paul Kim, president of Mandoo Entertainment, has been working to connect the Korean bands with the Austin music scene and welcomes five Korean bands to SXSW this year: Galaxy Express, Yellow Monsters, 3rd Line Butterfly, Aziatix and Crying Nut.
“They are very famous in Korea. It’s very exciting,” Kim said.
Kim has been working to connect Austin and Gwangmyeong City, which has an active music scene similar to Austin and Nashville. He invited a Korean band to perform at SXSW in 2006, which was the first Korean band to perform at the festival. Now, the connection has blossomed.
“SXSW became popular in Korea, especially with the indie music scene. Once they came here, they have gotten rave reviews,” Kim said. “K-pop is huge.”
In addition to “Daylight Savings” (the new David Boyle film; see Asian Austin article posting) other SXSW Asian and Asian American films to watch for:
“Seeking Asian Female,” a documentary about Steven, an aging white man with “yellow fever” obsessed with marrying an Asian woman. Filmmaker Debbie Lum follows Steven through his search, marriage to Sandy from China and their first year together.
“Modus Anomali” written and directed by Joko Anwar, described as a “pioneer of Indonesian new cinema.” The story is about a man and his family on a holiday in the woods who are surprised by the arrival of an uninvited guest. Suddenly, the man experiences a time lapse and finds himself separated from his family. He has to race against time if he wants to see his family alive. Meanwhile, another family is in the woods, who may be related to the strange events.