We’re one day away from our first screening at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival! If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch download this free app for a handy schedule of festival screenings. And if you take a closer look at the screen shots of the app provided in iTunes you’ll notice one shot in particular featuring a film that’s pretty close to our hearts:

Oakland Local currently has a feature story about the film posted on its site.  Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet, then come back to AokiFilm.com and read more articles, reviews, and previews on AOKI posted in our Film Coverage section.

AOKI co-director & co-producer Mike Cheng will be a live guest on Friday 3/12 for the podcast Wanda’s Picks Radio.  Listeners can tune in to the live broadcast either by visiting her site on Blog Talk Radio or calling 347-237-4610. Wanda’s Picks Radio will air from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. If you miss the live broadcast you can visit her site to download an mp3 archive of the episode. Wanda Sabir has been covering community events for a long time and we’re excited to have her support of the film. You can check out more of Wanda’s work at her site Wanda’s Picks as well as her work that’s been published for the SF Bayview.

AOKI has been accepted into the 15th annual Chicago Asian American Showcase at The Gene Siskel Film Center where it will be screened on April 8th, as well as the 26th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications. We will be sure to sure the exact screening times and all other relevant information as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing our Chicago and LA supporters soon!

There will be three upcoming screenings of AOKI during the 2010 San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. The film will be screened on 3/13 and 3/17 in San Francisco and 3/20 in San Jose. For more information on theaters, show times, and how to purchase advance tickets please visit this site.

DVD copies of the film AOKI are now available for purchase from Eastwind Books, the official store of AOKI. Eastwind Books is located on 2066 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704. Visit Eastwind’s site here if you’d like to order online ($20 + shipping/handling). Institutional copies of the DVD which grant license to educational institutions for screenings of AOKI in classes and campus events can be purchased by contacting AokiFilm@gmail.com.

Many websites (Angry Asian Man, Geologic of the Blue Scholars, FOBBDeep, and Chasing Chan), magazines (Hyphen and Colorlines), and radio shows have been covering the film and raising awareness of the upcoming premiere.

In addition to radio interviews we’ve recorded with two shows from KPFA’s La Onda Network, we recently sat down with Karl Jagbandhansingh for an interview aired on the 11/5/09 broadcast of APEX Express. You can listen to it here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/68114348baaa2e0d/

Look out for upcoming interviews we have scheduled with nationally syndicated Flashpoints on 11/11, and future appearances on Greg Bridges’ Transitions on Traditions, NPR, and more.

If you’d like to arrange for an interview with Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, co-producers & directors of the film, please contact them at AokiFilm@gmail.com.

Video excerpts from AOKI

October 28, 2009

Richard on the Third World Liberation Front Strike at UC Berkeley:

Diane Fujino on Richard’s political transformation:

Kathleen Cleaver on Richard and the formation of the Black Panther Party:

Bryant Fong on Richard’s influence on Asian students:

AOKI Trailer

October 25, 2009

The original trailer for AOKI:

AOKI World Premiere

Come join us for the world premiere of AOKI on November 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm. A 30 minute Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the film.

Online pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $8.50 (general admission) or $7 (students) at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/87178. A small service fee will be added by Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased the night of the premiere at the Grand Lake Theater’s box office for $10 (general admission) or $9 (students).

Official Trailer:

Film description:

AOKI is a documentary film chronicling the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Filmed over the last five years of Richard’s life, this documentary features extensive footage with Richard and exclusive interviews with his comrades, friends, and former students. Viewers will learn about Richard’s childhood in a WWII Japanese American concentration camp, growing up in West Oakland, and serving eight years in the U.S. military. The film explores previously unknown facts about the formation of the Black Panther Party such as how Richard became intimately involved in its founding and contributed the first two firearms to the Party. AOKI highlights how Richard’s leadership also made a significant impact on individuals and groups in the contemporary Asian American Movement. Richard’s contributions to the groundbreaking organization Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) and its involvement in the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) student strike led to the formation of ethnic studies at U.C. Berkeley. Above all else, AOKI is a film that demonstrates the incredible dedication to justice that one man’s life has had and how the lessons of solidarity, commitment, and discipline can carry on from one generation to the next.

For more info contact AokiFilm@gmail.com or visit the FaceBook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Aoki/169606883766?ref=ts