Hark! CAAM is truly blessed to have many wonderful supporters and we’d love to show the world how awesome they really are. This is a shout out to you, CAAM members! Thank you for being your amazing self! Dear world, please meet…..
Who are you?
My name is Evelyn Gee and I’m a former CAAM junkie. I’ve worked in the internet industry for years and recently took a break from it to try my hand in post-production at Pixar. After a little over a year there, I’m back in high tech working for Twitter in San Francisco. I’m a long-time CAAM fan, current member, former SF Asian American Film Festival screening committee member, toast and jam eater, and puggle owner..
San Francisco, but my friends and family make home for me. I think I can live almost anywhere as long as I have my loved ones close by.
What’re you up to in the world and in the community?
Not enough! In the past I’ve worked closely with CAAM on setting up their YouTube non-profit channel, as a feature length screening committee member, and most recently as a CAAMbassador, getting the word out about CAAM’s mission and work. It’s been amazing working with and getting to know various CAAM staff members through different projects. Their passion for our community and film is contagious (note junkie reference above)! Right now, I’m focusing on work, encouraging my filmmaker friends with their projects, and acting as a resource for them.
What’s your all-time favorite CAAM/Festival film?
That’s a tough question! One of my favorite Festival memories was the premiere of SAVING FACE in 2005. It was one of the few gay-themed Asian American films I had seen on the big screen and there was just an overwhelming feeling of community, acceptance, and excitement (more than usual!) that made me feel like I was a part of something big. Experiencing that movie with a packed theater and hearing Alice Wu speak afterwards about her life before and during that filmmaking process moved me and has stayed with me through the years.
Why’d you become a member?
To support the Asian American film community and to help have our stories told! I have two good friends who are members and who introduced me to the CAAM family years ago.
What’s your most memorable CAAM/Festival moment?
So many! One of my favorites – in 2007, CAAM organized shuttle buses to drive guests between the Kabuki, Castro, and Van Ness theaters. I ended up sitting behind Tzi Ma on one of the shuttle rides and had a great conversation with him and another festival attendee about our lives and family stories. Those shuttles were a fantastic way to chat with other festival attendees and filmmakers in an organic way!
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CAAMbassador: Jason Nou