SFIAAFF30 Key Guests, Filmmakers, and Celebrities (Just a Few!)


You’ve probably seen the internet buzzing with tweets, photos, and status updates about last night’s Opening Night Film, White Frog, and Gala at the Asian Art Museum. Everyone agrees – It was a BLAST!

You can read a detailed recap of the evening from Superfan Ravi Chandra! It’s clear that one of the highlights of the evening was the red carpet – with stars like Joan Chen and Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) in attendance to support SFIAAFF30.

And that was just Day 1 – you’ll be pleased to know that the Festival will be hosting a number of filmmakers, writers, producers, and actors for Q&As, live events, intimate conversations, and more. Below are just A FEW of the special guests that will be in the house (in order of appearance):

Patrick Wang (Director)
In the Family
FRI 3/9 5:15PM @ Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Jenova Chen, Game Developer (Sony Playstation)
The Play Salon
FRI 3/9 7PM @ Superfrog Gallery

Joan Chen (Actress & Spotlight Honoree)
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
FRI 3/9 7PM @ Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
(Also in Saving Face)

DJ Neil Armstrong (Former Tour DJ for Jay-Z, Adidas Global Music Ambassador)
Directions in Sound
FRI 3/9  9PM @ Mighty
Groove Salon
SAT 3/10 7PM @ Superfrog Gallery

HP Mendoza (Director & Writer)
I Am a Ghost

FRI 3/9 910PM @ SF Film Society | New People Cinema

Preeti Mistry & Beverly Kim (Top Chef Alumni)
The Cook Salon

SAT 3/10 2PM @ Superfrog Gallery

Bob Nakamura, Karen Ishizuka, & Tad Nakamura
A Conversation with the Nakamura Family
SAT 3/10 3:30PM @ Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Cherylene Lee (Actress & Playwright)
Scenes from a Memoir with Cherylene Lee
SUN 3/11 6PM @ Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

From “Nice Girls Crew”

Lynn Chen (Actress)
Yes, We’re Open

SUN 3/11 630PM @ Castro Theater
(Also in Nice Girls Crew, Saving Face)

Photo By Danny Clinch

Jake Shimabukuro (Ukulele virtuouso)
Jake Shimabukuro Documentary
SUN 3/14, 730PM @ Castro Theater

Photo by Michael Jeong

…and so many more! So, come out to Fest and be star-struck, be inspired, and be moved!

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