For 35 years, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has supported independent filmmakers producing stories by or about Asian Americans for public broadcast and public media. To date, CAAM has awarded nearly $5 million to over 300 projects that illuminate the Asian and Asian American experience.
CAAM is proud to announce the selected 2015 CAAM Documentary Fund Awards.
Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Documentary Fund Awards is run by the Media Fund department at CAAM. The following (in alphabetical order) are films selected from the open call in 2015:
In China, an unprecedented surge in African migration has led to a rise in marriages between Chinese women and African men. A Guangzhou Love Story captures the love, heartache, and real life challenges of Afro-Chinese couples attempting to forge a future together in the face of racism and xenophobic policies.
Frank Wong’s Chinatown (working title) by James Q. Chan (director/producer) and Corey Tong (producer)
A story of 81-year-old San Francisco artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the Chinatown neighborhood shops, streets, and intimate family rooms of his youth. This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing neighborhood, San Francisco Chinatown, beginning in the 1940s to the present. A meditation on history, community, memory and preserving one’s own legacy, Frank Wong’s art—his seven, three-dimensional miniature dioramas—serve as portals to the past and becomes an ‘insider’s guide’ through a community intimately interwoven with the history of the city.