Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2013: Jeremy Lin spotlight, opening film, and more

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      Everyone may be busy gearing up for the Vancouver International Film Festival. But keep in mind that after VIFF is over, there are plenty of other film festivals to keep you going, including the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, the European Union Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival, and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

      VAFF recently announced some highlights from their lineup for their 17th edition, which runs from November 7 to 10.

      This year, the festival kicks off with urban edginess.

      In Sun W. Kim and D.J. Holloway's crime-thriller Innocent Blood, college professor James Park finds his dark past as an undercover detective in L.A.'s Koreatown has come back to haunt him a criminal, seeking revenge, kidnaps his son.

      Meanwhile, media sensation Jeremy Lin gets spotlighted with Linsanity, a biographical documentary about the NBA basketball star. This feature will be VAFF's 2013 showcase film.

      And for those that missed it last year, VAFF will present a free repeat screening of Eliaichi Kimaro's documentary A Lot Like You on October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street).

      Kimaro, a first-generation American born to a Tanzanian father and a Korean mother, delves into her father's history to talk to women of the Chagga tribe on Mount Kilimanjaro. In particular, she explores gender relations, including violence and abuse, in a patriarchal society.

      Kimaro will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

      For more details, visit the VAFF website.