“Family Pictures USA” World Premieres at #CAAMFest36 at the Oakland Museum of California

Meet us at OMCA for an evening of food trucks, Asian Americans in hip-hop panel, and the World Premiere of "Family Pictures USA: Detroit Is The Future and It’s Okay!"

Join CAAM and OMCA for a screening from the television series Family Pictures USA: Detroit is the Future and It’s Okay! (2018) from director Thomas Allen Harris.

Photo albums are portals to rich, diverse stories in Detroit, MI, in the pilot episode of this CAAM-co-produced PBS series and transmedia project. Host/director Thomas Allen Harris traverses America’s cities and neighborhoods, exploring personal moments, shared experiences, and family connections found through captured photographic memories, while extracting universal elements of humanity.

Immediately following the episode premiere, will be a very special CAAMFest Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow (DDFR) led by FAMILY PICTURES USA Executive Producers Thomas Allen Harris and Don Perry. DDFR is a multimedia performance with a live audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen.  By harnessing the power of personal story-telling, DDFR also unlocks the creativity and imagination of participants, motivating them to become more expressive and sensitive to the stories of others. Everyone is invited to bring family photos and participate!

Special guests include Executive Producer Don Perry and Director Thomas Allen Harris!

Friday Nights @ OMCA features half-off Gallery admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family-friendly art activities, and more.

Tickets to the film screening at 7pm.


Preceded by Asian Americans in Hip-Hop Panel Presented by CAAM and AAMC at 5:30pm at OMCA (no advanced tickets required):

CAAM and the Oakland Museum of California bring together a panel of key hip-hop thought leaders and artists to explore the Asian American community’s deep connection with the genre. This free panel is co-curated by Asian American Music Conference and builds upon the Oakland Museum of California’s RESPECT: HIP-HOP STYLE & WISDOM exhibit.

Moderated by:
Joy Ng, Writer & Researcher, Hip Hop x Asian America

Sammy Chand CEO, Rukus Avenue
-Kim Davalos, Coordinator, Rock The School Bells
-Eamon Mulligan, Director of Product Marketing & E-Commerce, EMPIRE and Manager, The Grouch & Eligh
-Chris Santos (Dj Flow), DJ and Producer, At The Ave Records
G Yamazawa, National Recording Artist & Poet