Since 1980, CAAM has transformed careers, communities and perspectives. As we look back on 2017, we are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in deep collaboration with our partner filmmakers, organizations and supporters. We also observe how the media landscape has changed and how artists continue to push the needle on diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to share some highlights with you and more to look forward to in 2018.
- CAAM brought 15 documentaries and series to PBS and other public media outlets such as World Channel. Films like the CAAM-supported Abacus: Small Enough to Jail was met with critical acclaim: it played on PBS’ Frontline series and recently received a Critics’ Choice Award, and has been shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary. (Click the link below to see the full list of programs that aired in 2017).
- We completed the third year of our signature Muslim Youth Voices Project workshops, and will extend the program to create a community engagement plan to support a public television broadcast of the completed youth films during Ramadan next year.
- We announced CAAMFest’s move to May starting in 2018 during APA Heritage Month.
- CAAM continued to engage with the public during the #MyAPALife campaign, in partnership with PBS, World Channel, Pacific Islanders in Communications and POV for APA Heritage Month. Our #MyAPALife campaign was a 2017 Webby honoree alongside our National Minority Consortia partners and PBS this year.
- CAAM will be making critical investments in supporting filmmakers in some of the country’s most under-represented regions, such as the American South. We will be announcing more information about this unique program in 2018.
- We continued our support of The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary, and received an NEH grant to support the outreach launch, which includes educational curriculum and community conversation kits. We have hosted and assisted dozens of screenings across the country and received more than 350 requests from community members for DVDs and discussion kits to date, which we mailed out this Fall. Look for an official announcement of the PBS airdate in early 2018.
- A record number of Asian American documentary filmmakers received Emmy nominations.
We have so much to be celebrate in the Asian American and filmmaker community. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Onward to 2018.
CAAM Films on PBS and World Channel in 2017
Lucky Chow Season 2
Good Luck Soup
Relocation, Arkansas — Aftermath of Incarceration
Finding Samuel Lowe
Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story
Family Ingredients Season 2
Dalya’s Other Country