CAAM Films at CAAMFest 2016
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has supported independent filmmakers producing stories by or about Asian Americans for public broadcast and public media, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Our annual CAAMFest, the largest showcase of Asian and Asian American film in the U.S., recently wrapped up. As the nation’s largest festival of its kind, CAAMFest 2016 welcomed over 130 filmmakers and guests and showcased over 120 films from 20 different countries, including 23 narrative films, 16 documentaries and 77 short films and videos. CAAM also presented 10 world premieres, 3 North American premieres, 14 west coast premieres, 28 Bay Area premieres and 1 special sneak peek. Featuring both U.S. and international programs such as the Opening Night presentation TYRUS by Pamela Tom, CAAMFest 2016 nearly 27,000 audience members.
TYRUS is also a CAAM-funded film, where 1,400 attendees packed the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco to see a story about the creative mind whose art concepts were behind the unforgettable look of Disney’s Bambi. To top it off, 105 year-old Tyrus Wong attended and was given a standing ovation.
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story, Daze of Justice and Forever Chinatown (previously Frank Wong’s Chinatown) were all CAAM-funded films that debuted at CAAMFest 2016. Mele Murals, a film co-funded by CAAM and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), world premiered to a sold-out show at the Oakland Museum of California. In between, audiences were intrigued by the stranger than fiction story of Operation Popcorn, another CAAM-funded film, followed by a lively Q&A. The festival closed with Right Footed, a documentary about the Filipina American Jessica Cox, who was born without arms and became the first licensed pilot to fly with her feet.
Read more about CAAMFest 2016 here.