Even though Anne is the Director/Executive Producer/Producer of the film, she became a filmmaker by accident. Anne had a long history of involvement in the arts and Cambodia stemming from her background as a philanthropist and serving on the Boards of various prominent ballet schools and companies. But on a fateful day in 2000 in Angkor Wat, Anne was in Cambodia with the World Monuments Fund, and the dancer in the film, Sy (Sokvannara Sar), was performing with a traditional Cambodian dance troupe. His performance and charisma stayed with her and she eventually brought Sy to the US to train as a ballet dancer. With his family on the other side of the world, Anne began videotaping Sy’s dance training so that she could keep Sy’s parents informed on his progress. However, as she started showing people the footage, her friends encouraged her to turn it into a documentary… and here it is.
Both Sy and Anne Bass will be in person for the Bay Area Opening Weekend to audiences in San Francisco (Opera Plaza Cinema), on Saturday, May 1 for a Q&A after the 6:45 show and to introduce the 9:10pm show. They will also appear at the Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley) on Sunday, May 2 for a Q&A after the 5:10pm show. Following the Q&A in Berkeley, there will be an informal “meet-and-greet” in Lot 68 Lounge, adjacent to the theatre lobby.
Want to check it out this weekend, Bay Area folks?
How do you enter?
All you have to do is to leave a comment with your preferred location and one lucky winner will be selected to go!
Hurry, the deadline to enter is: Friday, April 30 at 12noon (Pacific Time)
ONE lucky winner will be selected and contacted that afternoon.
Rules for entering:
1) Please be serious about using the tickets– unused free tix suck!
2) Contributors to 8Asians and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
Prize courtesy of: Landmark Theatres and 8Asians.