The 56th New York Film Festival features three special Film Comment Talks, the first of which was our latest “Cinema of Experience” roundtable. On the occasion of our September/October cover featuring Burning star Steven Yeun—interviewed by Devika Girish about the notion of authenticity, and the excitement of working with director Lee Changdong—the focus of the talk was Asian and Asian American experience on and off screen. At the Film Society of Lincoln Center, I was joined by a stellar cast of commentators with an array of professional perspectives: Andrew Chan, web editor of the Criterion Collection; David Ninh, director of press and publicity; Genevieve Yue, assistant professor of culture and media at the New School; and Andrew Ahn, director of the film Spa Night. The 25th anniversary of The Joy Luck Club became the starting point for a thoughtful and movingly personal discussion. Stay tuned (or drop on by) for our next two talks: a chat with NYFF filmmakers and our critics’ wrap-up of the films.