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Inside Jokes

Inside jokes connect us to the people we love the most, even if they may sometimes cause us to laugh when we shouldn’t. By tackling topics such as caring for an aging loved one, intergenerational culture clash, and the myriad emotions brought on by spending time in our own heads, these films invite you to find humor within the ebb and flow of life.

Program curated by Brittney Scurry.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

Singing in the Lifeboat

Directed by Grace Wijaya

Jin seeks solace in the woods of Pennsylvania amidst the Covid pandemic. Surrounded only by trees, her thoughts become increasingly fraught with desperation and danger.

Erie County Smile

Directed by Van Tran Nguyen

“Erie County Smile” is a satirical short film which takes you on a guilt trip as Van dodges phone calls from her mother while parodying “Paris By Night” (PBN), a popular Vietnamese-language variety show. Van, who grew up working in her family’s nail salon, dedicates this film to the children of immigrants who spent their childhoods behind doors labeled “employees only”.

Supermarket Affairs

Directed by Hang Luong Nguyen

While preparing for her husband’s death anniversary, an immigrant Vietnamese mother and her Americanized adult daughter butt heads and inadvertently drag a handsome stranger from the local Asian market into their messy family dynamic.

Tequila Sunset

Directed by Jinsui Song

Overworked and lonely, an old woman caring for her ailing husband attempts to take a much-needed break from reality.