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Smoking Tigers: Centerpiece Screening & Reception

Directed By So Young Shelly Yo

USA | Narrative | 91 min

In celebration of the AAPI community and the ties that bind us, AAIFF47 is delighted to screen up-and-comer filmmaker So Young Shelly Yo’s Smoking Tigers for our centerpiece screening, held at Regal Union Square Theatre (850 Broadway, New York, NY 10003).

Directly following this 91-minute screening will be a filmmaker Q&A with writer/director So Young Shelly Yo and producer Guo Guo. Afterwards, we’d love to welcome you to our centerpiece reception at Linen Hall (101 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003). There will be light refreshments, more details to follow.

— About Smoking Tigers —

Set in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Smoking Tigers is a portrait of a lonely Korean American teen named Hayoung who is taken under the wings of three wealthy students she meets at an elite academic boot camp. As she falls deeper into their world, Hayoung works harder to hide her insecurities about her problematic family and lower-income background, only to discover the bittersweet pains of adulthood that will forever shape her life.

Event Details

  1. Doors Open to Public, Red Carpet

    Regal Union Square, Lobby

  2. Opening Remarks

    Regal Union Square, Auditorium 14

  3. Screening of Smoking Tigers

    Regal Union Square, Auditorium 14

  4. Filmmaker Q&A

    Regal Union Square, Auditorium 14

  5. Reception

    Linen Hall

This event is recommended for ages 14 and up.



      • Date and Time

        Sunday, August 04 2024

        7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

      • Venue

        Regal Union Square

        850 Broadway
        New York, NY 10003

      Film Details

      1. Nudity

      2. English, Korean

      3. English

      4. 2023

      5. 91 minutes

      6. Coming-of-Age, Drama, Family

      7. Narrative

      8. USA

        1. So Young Shelly Yo

        So Young Shelly Yo is an award-winning Korean American filmmaker. Her feature film, Smoking Tigers, was the winner of Tribeca & AT&T's Untold Stories and was awarded Best Screenplay, Best Performance, and a special jury mention for the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Smoking Tigers, Shelly created many award-winning short films. She also worked in TV and commercials and directed/edited works for SNL, Levi’s, and Allbirds. Recently, Shelly was awarded the New Voice Award at the 2023 Austin Film Festival and was chosen for the 2023 BAFTA Breakthrough Program.

        1. Guo Guo

        1. So Young Shelly Yo

        1. Ji-young Yoo

          Joon Ho Jung

          Abin Andrews

          Erin Choi

          Phinehas Yoon

          Erin Yoo

        1. Sookhyung Yang

          Paul Syre

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