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 R.J. Lozada. My full name is Roldan-Jay Enson Lozada. I go by R.J. because my classmates in 2nd grade kept butchering my name, calling me ‘Roland.’ Also, when I used to watch ‘Lassie’ I used to catch the tail end of ‘Rawhide,’ and I kept hearing my name being butchered by a disembodied, tenor, southwestern voice singing the theme song.
Home is where I love people, so generally everywhere. Even prison. Long story, not really.
What’re you up to in the world and in the community?
All day every day I try to soak in and share stories. To pay the bills, I work for a death penalty appeals office. To pay more bills, I contract my services as a producer, editor, cinematographer. Otherwise, you’ll find me wandering with my camera, wandering with a book and pen, or trying to listen to all that you have to say. Pull me aside, really.
What’s your all-time favorite CAAM/Festival film?
Chan is Missing. It’s kind of a timeless aesthetic and story form, an approach to film I’ve seen in different iterations outside of Asian American cinema (Killer of Sheep, Mystery Train, Raising Victor Vargas). It’s a documentary narrative that crosses up a Bobby Womack track, cigarettes, WPA photography, and pigeons on a Philippine corrugated tin roof right before a speculative typhoon. Say what?
Why’d you become a member?
I became a member because CAAM is important. You support those that support you.
What’s your most memorable CAAM/Festival moment?
2005. A short film that I’d directed was screening at SFIAFF. I didn’t attend any of the parties, mixers, or other gatherings. I came alone from San Diego. On the day of the screening, I walked San Francisco for what seemed like the whole day, but was really six hours. Soaked in ALL the neighborhoods, the hills, the air. I remember laughing to myself in the very same way that I laugh to myself now. That kind of marvel, and appreciation you feel when someone, something mirrors you. The screening itself was pretty dope, too.
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