Asian Americans and the Election

Since November 4th I’ve been feeling a mixture of relief and post-election blues — not just for the way that people voted, but for the whole process finally being over. This election season has been so long and bizarre that I had to see it through the filter of satire, with daily doses of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and more recently the Saturday Night Live sketches which essentially wrote themselves.

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WHATEVER IT TAKES: A Strong Vision

Right before you start a documentary film, before you shoot a second of footage, what do you have? You might know who your main characters will be, but you have no idea of how they will “perform” on camera. You might know the history behind your project, but who knows how you’ll portray it. What we do have, of course, is a vision of what the film can be. This latter vision was the genesis for my documentary WHATEVER IT TAKES.

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Festival Stars, Where Are They Now?

Yes indeed! There was a major buzz going around the air as 2008 SFIAAFF movie-goers cheered in excitement over the amazing films that were presented in last year’s program. After almost a year has passed, the buzz continues. Here, CAAM gives you a run-down of some of the current happenings of your favorite 2008 SFIAAFF films, where they’ve been, and where they’re headed…

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CAFF 2008 starts November 8th

The 2008 Chinese American Film Festival is scheduled to be held on November 8th until November 20th in San Francisco. 12 selected and award winning films from China and Hong Kong will be screened at Marina Theatre and 4 Star Theatre with a list of confirmed VIPs of directors and producers.

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SILVERDOCS Call for Entries

SILVERDOCS seeks film that exhibit a personal cinematic vision and meet the highest standards of creative excellence and technical achievement. Now entering its sixth year, SILVERDOCS has been hailed as the ’pre-eminent US documentary festival” (Screen International) and as “non-fiction nirvana” (Variety). The Festival features 100 films, representing over 45 countries, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes.

3rd I Film Festival Opening Night Party

Kick off the sixth annual 3rd I Film Festival with an unforgettable evening in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Mission District. Join luminaries Rebecca Hazelwood and Manish Goyal (Kissing Cousins), local filmmaker Saqib Mausoof (Kala Pul) and special guests at Bollyhood Cafe/Little Baobab and partake in free-flowing conversation and libations into the night.

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STUDENT DELEGATE PROGRAM

The 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is proud to announce its 1st annual Student Delegate Program. Aimed to engage students with Asian and Asian American cinema, the program entails a rigorous program of screenings and talks, as well as access to special events and exclusive meetings with filmmakers. EXTENDED DEADLINE JAN 15, 2009!

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MATCHA: Afghanistan

The MATCHA season culiminates in a grand finale with food, music, and dance of Afghanistan, in celebration of the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed special exhibition, Afghanistan: Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. This is 2008′s last MATCHA. Let’s end it with a bang!