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Center for Asian American Media

March 11, 2009


SFIAAFF 2009 Opening Night Film + Gala Reception

enemyThe 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival opens tomorrow night with Lee Yoon-ki’s MY DEAR ENEMY, a breezy, pitch-perfect ride through the streets of Seoul and into the unsuspecting world of two ex-lovers. Starring two of Korea’s most talented stars, ENEMY brims with warmth and possibility while mining the magic, mystery and foibles of human relations. The opening night screening will be held at the Castro Theatre, followed by a stylish Gala reception at the Asian Art Museum from 9:30 pm to 12:00 AM. Mix and mingle with filmmakers and special guests and partake in desserts and drinks. Be sure to get your tickets to both the North American premiere of MY DEAR ENEMY and the fabulous gala party following the film. Take advantage of the special combo price for both! For tickets,click here.   Read More»

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HAPA.US Launch at SFIAAFF 2009

hapaCAAM is proud to present, in collaboration with artist Kip Fulbeck, HAPAS.US. This new interactive website is where multiracial Asian Americans Can share their stories about the hapa experience. Community members can post videos, words, audio, photos, and meet other hapas. HAPAS.US is an evolving collection of shared media from the rich landscape of multiracial Asian Americans. Join us at the Festival Forum for the HAPAS.US profile making mixer, then meet us at the O Izakaya Lounge for the HAPAS.US Launch Party.  Read More»

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Enjoy Your First Movie on Us!

closing_nightBecome a member and your first movie is on us! Members also enjoy discounts on SFIAAFF screenings, panels and parties, and waived processing fees! Click here for more information about membership. Join us and start saving today!

Click HERE to find out more about CAAM membership or email us at

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SFIAAFF 09 Best Fest Photo Contest

best_festThe SFIAAFF is searching for the Best Fest Photo! Submit your best Festival photos and enter to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and a $500 Macy’s shopping spree, You determine the finalists! Starting March 12, 2009, go to and vote for your favorite pictures!  Read More»

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Festival Social Club! The Official SFIAAFF ’09 Afterparty

best_festThe Festival Social Club is the official after-party of the 2009 San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival! Grab a drink, meet the Festival’s filmmakers and actors, chill out in Poleng’s front lounge, or get your groove on in the bumping back room!

saturday, march 14, 2009
presented by TOYOTA
10pm-2am | 21+ | $10+ | Free to Festival badge-holders
@ poleng lounge, 1751 fulton street @ masonic, sf

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MUSIC VIDEO ASIA 2009 at Fest Forum!

music_vidThe Festival’s ever-popular MUSIC VIDEO ASIA program returns this year in a new location and setting – outdoors in the Japantown Peace Plaza, on Saturday, March 14 2009, at 7:20pm. The program will once again showcase new sights and sounds from Asian American filmmakers and performers, and will precede a screening of the Japanese film BIG MAN JAPAN at 8PM.   Read More »
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White on Rice: Uncensored on iChat

whiteonriceWhy is this man in a gorilla costume? And where can you get a banana suit? I caught up with David Boyle, the director of WHITE ON RICE, to answer these and other deep questions about his new hilarious feature premiering at the 2009 SFIAAFF. Read the exclusive interview in our Festival blog.  Read More»

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Directions in Sound

directionsFrom glitch-infused breaks to original bay slaps. Tech-hop fusion to heavy dread bass. True-school heat to broken beats. Dirty disco to freaked-out funk. DIRECTIONS IN SOUND delivers yet another genre-bending showcase of rising stars, further proving that there is no end to the future-forward music blowing up in the underground around the globe. Don’t blink… You might just miss the next big thing!  Sponsored by:


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Festival Forum returns to Japantown Saturday March 14!

b-boyThe SFIAAFF is thrilled to announce the return of Festival Forum, a day-long fair in the Japantown Peace Plaza including the Exclusive Premiere of the Matrix Media Vehicle featuring the latest music videos from local Bay Area talent provided by Locus at KSW! Enjoy the festival in a whole new way with music and dance performances, interactive activities, and free screenings! Event sponsored by


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kashmirSenain Kheshgi and Geeta Patel discuss their provocative documentary PROJECT KASHMIR and talk about how making the movie changed their lives. The CAAM funded PROJECT KASHMIR is being screened at the PFA Theater as part of the 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival on Sunday, March 15 at 3: 30 pm.   Read More »
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One Family’s View of the Khmer Rouge Trial

poison_treeAlmost eleven years after the death of Pol Pot, Cambodia and the United Nations have finally begun the trial of five surviving leaders of his Khmer Rouge regime. Survivors of the genocide which claimed up to two million victims have been waiting 30 years for justice, and the opening of the trial on February 17 may be the first step. One American with a vested interest in this historic tribunal is Thida Buth Mam, whose Cambodian father disappeared in 1975. Beth Pielert’s documentary, OUT OF THE POISON TREE, follows her painstaking search for the truth behind her father’s disappearance. If your school or community group would like to learn more about Cambodia’s turbulent history, consider OUT OF THE POISON TREE, available on DVD for educational, institutional, public library, and community group purchase or rental.

For more information or to order, please contact: distribution[at]asianamericanmedia[dot]org or call 415-552-9550.  Read More »

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Squaw Valley Screenwriting Program

music_vidThe Squaw Valley Screenwriting Program is an intensive week-long program which focuses on individual attention and work-in-progress, by award-winning writers and writer/directors. Designed for both screenwriters and filmmakers, this unique program invites both narrative features and character-driven documentaries. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to production. The program takes place from August 1 to 8. Deadline for application is April 25, notification by June 15.   Read More »

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2009 CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH

wgbhThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) invite you to participate in the 2009 Producers Workshop at WGBH, an initiative of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, which offers professional development activities designed to identify public broadcasting’s next generation of creative talent. Up to twenty (20) scholarships will be offered to station-based and independent producers for an intensive seven-day, hands-on training seminar at WGBH in Boston, June 20 – June 26, 2009. Seminars will include contact with some of public television’s most experienced individuals, focusing each day on specific areas of expertise that include proposal writing, production planning and administration, directing/producing, writing, editing and post production.   Read More »

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Featured Community Partners of the Month

LOST WEEKEND VIDEO | 1034 Valencia Street, San Francisco | (415) 643-3373

allaboutcuteLost 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

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polengFrom the ashes of a legendary San Francisco venue emerges a new leaf – the Poleng Lounge. Inspired by the Balinese notion of duality and the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle, Poleng Lounge is the new destination for all who seek enlightenment through a full range of premium tea blends from around the world, an innovative presentation of street foods from all across Asia, playful cocktails, and eclectic music from both emerging and established artists.

Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 441-1751

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Social Studies: Connect with CAAM

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

– Become a CAAM Fan on Facebook

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– Join the SFIAAFF Club on Cyworld

– Follow us on Twitter

– View our CAAM Channel on YouTube

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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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