CAAM Connect:SFIAAFF CFE,FYS contest winner,Cinema Under the Stars,CALAVERA HIGHWAY & more

Center for Asian American Media

September 10, 2008


The Toyota Matrix FREE YOUR STORY winner announced!

FREEOur jury has chosen Kelly Li’s STILL SHOT as the grand prize winner of the TOYOTA MATRIX FYS contest. Kelly will receive a Canon XH A1 High Definition Camcorder, and his video will be featured at CINEMA UNDER THE STARS on Friday September 19th. Go to our Video Gallery »

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SFIAAFF Call For Entries

CFEThe San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 27th annual event held every March. The SFIAAFF is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

The SFIAAFF accepts films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality. All lengths and genres will be considered. To submit entries visit or CAAM members at the student/senior level submit for free! *Limit one entry fee waiver per member. Read More »

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CAAM co-funded project A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES featured on Frontline World

versaillesAs part of the soon to be launched Abroad at Home series, Frontline World Rough Cut features S. Leo Chiang’s A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES on their website. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is a full-length documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents have impressively risen to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Read More»

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Co-presentation of UNKNOWN PLEASURES at the PFA

unknownPacific Film Archive presents UNKNOWN PLEASURES: The Films of Jia Zhangke. Viewers wishing to understand China’s vast changes during the last decade, those seeking arguably the most important, critically acclaimed director of our era, should start in one place: the films of Jia Zhangke. UNKNOWN PLEASURES film series screens from September 12 – October 17, 2008 at the Pacific Film Archive. Read More »

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CAAM and the Japantown Merchants Association present CINEMA UNDER THE STARS

outdoorThe Center for Asian American Media co-presents a free outdoor screening of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, an absorbing, beautifully crafted anime destined to be a modern classic. When 17-year-old Makoto gains the ability to leap backwards through time, she sets about preventing personal mishaps. Yet she soon realizes that changing the past isn’t so simple! Can she use her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends?

Preceded by:
Screening of the Toyota Free Your Contest winner STILL SHOT by Kelly Li!

Friday, September 19, 2008
8PM – 10PM
Peace Plaza in Japantown
Post Street at Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Hey CAAM Members!*
Email us at and let us know you’re coming! We’ll save your seats and have your Scharffen Berger hot chocolate ready for you!

Special thanks to our promotional partners:
4Fifteen Clothing
Angry Asian Man
Japan Society

* At the Student/Senior level and above
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Mix and mingle with APA filmmakers and industry guests over delicious hors d’oeuvres & drinks. Held in conjunction with the 30th annual Independent Film Week in NYC.


September 16th 6pm – 8:30pm
White Rabbit Lounge
145 E. Houston St.
New York, NY

Hosted by CAAM with Asian CineVision Sponsored by KIRIN BREWERY OF AMERICA

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THE CURSE OF QUON GWON at the Niles Essanay Film Museum

curseProfessor Gregory Yee Mark and Mai Lon Gittlesohn will discuss their family’s role in producing Marion Wong’s 1916 silent film THE CURSE OF QUON GWON, the earliest Chinese-American film ever made! This rare and recently rediscovered film was last screened at CAAM‘s 2007 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

September 14th, 4-6 pm
The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont. 510-494-1411
The film will show at 5:15pm.
FREE Limited Seating – reserve your tickets now. Read More »

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RED HEROINE at the 4 Star Theatre

redheroineAccompanied by the Devil Music Ensemble from Boston, the 1929 Silent Kung Fu Film RED HEROINE will be screening at the 4 Star Theatre Friday September 19th at 8:30pm. Episode six of RED HEROINE, the only surviving episode of the 13-part serial, is also one of the few complete and earliest extant silent martial arts films. This lively tale about the rise of a woman warrior is a characteristic blend of pulp and mystical derring-do. A rampaging army raids a village and kidnaps a maiden, causing the death of the young woman’s grandmother. At the general’s lair, the captive maiden faces imminent rape, but rescued by the mysterious Daoist hermit, White Monkey. Three years later, Yun Ko reemerges as a full-fledged warrior, ready to deploy the magic powers learnt from White Monkey to avenge her grandmother¹s death. Advanced tickets are available at
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You’re invited to the LUNAFEST Film Festival Premiere! Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund

lunafestJoin us at the Palace of Fine Arts on Thursday, September 18 for the national premiere of LUNAFEST, a film festival featuring 10 award-winning short films by, for, and about women. This event is the first stop on the festival’s national tour to over 150 cities to raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofit organizations and Breast Cancer Fund. 100% of tickets sales from this event benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. Come early for the VIP gourmet reception or arrive at 7:30 to focus on films. For more information visit . Tickets can be purchased online at or at any 4 Bay Area Sports Basement locations.

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco
6:00 PM VIP Reception & Drinks
7:30 PM LUNAFEST Screening
with MC Sara Snow, Discovery Channel Host and Green Living Expert
TICKETS: $10 Student / $20 General/ $50 VIP Reception and Film Screening

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Co-presentation of the Asian Art Museum MATCHA series

matchaGet your monthly arts fix at the Asian Art Museum’s MATCHA series every first Thursday 5-9 pm June – November 2008. FREE with museum admission ($5 after 5 pm). Experience live performances, create art, embark on special tours of the galleries, mingle with friends over cocktails, or simply chill to the hip beats of DJs and musicians. Read More »

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CALAVERA HIGHWAY broadcast premiere on P.O.V

calaveraWhen brothers Armando and Carlos Peña set off to carry their mother’s ashes to south Texas, their road trip turns into a quest for answers about a strangely veiled past. As they reunite with five other brothers, the two men try to piece together their family’s shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father, who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. deportation program Operation Wetback? Calavera Highway premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at 10 p.m. on PBS, part of the 21st season of P.O.V. Read More »

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Coming soon on DVD for Educational Use: PASSING POSTON

PassingPASSING POSTON, a documentary by Fly On The Wall Productions, tells the moving and haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center, Arizona, during World War II. The film is set against the backdrop of Ruth Okimoto’s journey. Now showing at the ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles through July 17. Read More »

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A DREAM IN DOUBT now available on DVD

DreamAvailable on DVD for educational use. America’s first post-9/11 hate crime murder punctuated a growing wave of violence in retaliation for the terror attacks. When his brother is murdered, Rana Singh Sodhi finds himself coping with national tragedy and personal loss, finding support in community and fighting to reclaim his American dream. (Producer/Director: Tami Yeager, Co-Producer: Preetmohan Singh) Read More »

For more information: distribution [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org (415)552-9550

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Community Corner

Register to Save a Life!

saveMarrow transplants require matching tissue traits of the donor and the patient, thus the greatest chance for finding a matched marrow donor exists within the patient’s own family. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of patients needing a transplant have a matched family member. So, the odds of any two unrelated individuals matching are about one in 20,000. Some characteriestics of marrow type are unique to people of specific ancestry. Although it’s possible for an Asian or Pacific Islander patient to match a donor from any racial or ethinic group, the most likely match is an Asian or Pacific Islander donor. That is why it is crucial to have on file as many potential Asian/Pacific Islander as possible. Please visit Asian American Donor Program to see how you can help and watch a psa video calling for a donor match for Michelle Maykin. Read More »

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Chinese Recruitment for UCSF Aging and Cognition Study

The UCSF Memory and Aging Center is currently inviting volunteers aged 40-100 with no memory or thinking problems to participate in an aging and cognition study. This research study aims to further understand the normal aging process in Chinese populations and help doctors diagnose patients with early signs of dementia. The study includes a physical examination, cognitive testing, MRI brain scan, and yearly follow-up appointments. Researchers will need to interview with one of your family members or close friends about your memory and daily activities. Participation in this study is completely free and parking fees are reimbursed. Mandarin, Cantonese, and English-speakers are accepted. If you would like to learn more information about the study, please call (415) 476-1678 or email:

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Call for Proposals: The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund

docfundMany award winning documentaries have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area. In recognition of this fine documentary tradition, The San Francisco Foundation invites accomplished film/video/digital media artists to apply to The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund for early production support.The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund consists of four or five awards, ranging from $20,000 to $25,000, which will be given out annually to support documentary projects in early production phases by experienced filmmakers with an esteemed body of previously created work. Projects should address issues pertinent to the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo. The San Francisco Foundation is interested in documentaries exploring issues that have been historically underexposed, misinterpreted, or ignored.

The San Francisco Foundation will review applications only once a year.
2008 Key Dates:
October 1, 2008: Online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.
October 15, 2008: Application work samples must be postmarked
December 1, 2008: Winners will be notified
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CALL FOR U.S. ENTRIES for the International Public Television Screening Conference

INPUT is seeking the world’s most innovative public television programs for its conference in Warsaw, Poland on May 10 to 15, 2009. Selected work will be viewed, discussed and debated by independent filmmakers, public media professionals, journalists, television executives and other delegates from over 60 countries. To qualify for INPUT 2009, ALL U.S. producers must submit their programs to U.S. INPUT pre-selection. Programs will be selected by a national panel consisting of U.S. public television professionals and independent producers. All genres and lengths are accepted. We are seeking dramas, news and public affairs programs, sports, game shows, reality series, experimental films, shorts, children’s programming and documentaries. There is no entry fee! Please follow the U.S. INPUT Pre-selection Guidelines. You do not have to submit your U.S. entry online through the international Input site. The U.S. entry deadline is Friday, NOVEMBER 7, 2008.

For an entry form and submission guidelines, go to or contact:
Amy Shumaker
U.S. Input National Co-Coordinator, South Carolina ETV

Terry Pound
U.S. Input National Co-Coordinator, South Carolina ETV

More information about INPUT 2009 is available at

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THE BOX UNFOLDED Exhibition Artist Call Out

flipmoFLIPmo is CALL N’ OUT to all Filipino Artists for Hong Kong’s first International Filipino Urban Contemporary Art Exhibition. If know anyone that may be interested then PLEASE PASS THE WORD!! If you have already submitted, then thanks for the support! FLIPmo is a non-profit organization currently accepting submissions for which is a juried exhibition presenting Filipino urban contemporary art in November 2008. Fifteen artists will be chosen by September 20th for the exhibition and their work will bedisplayed at the CACHe gallery in Sai Yin Pun, Hong Kong for one month as well as on an online gallery. All submissions for the exhibition must relate to the Box Unfolded theme. The Box Unfolded exhibition is inspired by the “balikbayan / returnees box”. Within this exhibition each artist will propose to create their work in one of the 15 available spaces provided. In this case, we would like to the artists to treat each space as their own balikbayan box. However, instead of embellishing their boxes with typically favored items such as clothes, toys, and chocolates, these contemporary artists are asked to fill, unfold and exchange their personal experiences of being a Filipino living in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Abroad..

The deadline for artist submissions is September 15th, 2008
For more submission and event info:

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Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

New Deadlines: July 7, 2008 and February 5, 2009. Each year, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program awards more than $1.5 million in grants to support documentary films focused on contemporary social issues. Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born Into Brothels; Iraq in Fragments; The Inner Tour; The Devil Came on Horseback; and Everything’s Cool.

In a world where truth is stranger than fiction, we can help you tell the stories that must be told. If you believe that creative non-fiction filmmaking is vital to society, and you are an artist with passion for the work of storytelling, we want to hear about your project. Tell us what you see. For the rest of the story or to apply online, visit:

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Featured Community Partners of the Month

LOST WEEKEND VIDEO | 1034 Valencia Street @ 21st Street

lostweekLost Weekend Video is “Proudly, The Last Neighborhood Video Store On Earth.” Springing to action in 1997 with 2,500 VHS tapes, Lost Weekend Video has since expanded their archive to 50,000, mostly DVD, many of them rare or out-of-print. Lost Weekend Video’s cultural asset to the community has been clinched over the years with an eclectic mix of cult and mainstream titles, TV on DVD, Documentaries and music. Through the years, Lost Weekend Video has supported teachers and students at every level of education, partnered with most Bay Area film festivals of note and have never gone out of their way to pick a fight with another San Francisco video store.Experience one of San Francisco’s great independent video rental stores!

CAAM members: Bring in your membership card and your LWV Free Rental Coupon and get your next rental FREE! Need your LWV coupon? Email us at

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mochiMochi Magazine is a quarterly nonprofit print publication that provides a community for Asian American teenage girls to access sisterly advice and to explore their cultural identities. In our issues, we talk about fashion, health, relationships, college, careers and more. Our articles are written both by peers in high school, which allows girls to see how others cope with similar issues, as well as college women, young professionals and other role models that provide forward inspiration.

CAAM members: Get your Mochi subscription for only $15 a year or $30 for two years by emailing

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Social Studies: Connect with CAAM

Join Us - Become a Member To learn more about membership, click here.

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The Center for Asian American Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing,distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

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