JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS by Tadashi Nakamura
The documentary follows Jake over the course of his 2010-11 musical season, capturing dynamic performances before sold out crowds, as well as intimate moments of life on the road and visits home to his native Hawai’i, where he has risen from local hero to international star. Along the way, this self taught Japanese American musician—playing the ukulele not as a novelty but as a remarkably versatile instrument—will gently disarm a series of stereotypes. For Jake’s music confronts clichés about the romance and frivolousness of Hawai’ian beach culture, and challenges commonly held audience perceptions of Asian American musicians limiting them to classical and jazz conventions.
MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON by S.Leo Chiang
CAAM has commissioned S.Leo Chiang (A Village Called Versailles) to produce a full-length documentary on Anh “Joseph” Cao, the first Vietnamese American in Congress. We hope to contribute to the already fascinating history of political theater in Louisiana as well as Asian American history with the story this unlikely politician. We will offer a rarely seen behind-the-scene look at the daily grind of a US Congressman, and also explore the idea of political partisanship–one of the most hotly discussed issues on the bitterly divided national political stage today.