We’re thrilled to announce our newest staff member, Marky Enriquez. Marky is our new Digital & Interactive Media Manager. Marky has been a part of the CAAM Fam since 2007, starting off as a DJ for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. He has been working with CAAM at various capacities ever since then, as a performer, ambassador, music curator, event producer, and most recently, as Marketing Manager for CAAMFest37. Outside of CAAM, Marky is also active in the Filipino American arts community. He’s currently Music Curator for Undiscovered SF, a creative night market designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of San Francisco’s newly minted SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District. We’re excited to have Marky here year-round.
How do you identify yourself?
What places have you lived?
I was born in San Francisco, and raised in sunny San Mateo, California. I spent some time in San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast for college, then moved back to the Bay Area. I am currently based in the Lower Haight District of SF.
What was your first interaction with CAAM?
In 2007, I was booked as a DJ to spin an afterparty for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF then, now known as CAAMFest!). I was given comp tickets for the festival and decided to use them. I don’t remember the film I watched, but what I do remember was the vibe at the screening. I was blown away by the line to get into the theater; it felt like I was going to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but we were all there to watch an independent film made by an Asian American filmmaker. I thought that was so cool, and loved how the festival provided a platform for diverse storytelling, as well as foster a sense of community. I’ve been working with CAAM at various capacities ever since, as a performer, ambassador, music curator, event producer, and most recently as Marketing Manager for CAAMFest37.
What’s your role at CAAM?
I’m the Digital & Interactive Media Manager, and I’m responsible for implementing the digital marketing strategies for CAAM which include web design, graphic design implementation, social media management, event production, among other very exciting things.
What is something about your job that people may not know about?
Producing an event is not as easy as it looks. And that it takes a good team and months of planning to make the magic happen. I’ve been fortunate to work with an amazing, dedicated staff at CAAM that help things run smoothly, even when challenges arise.
What are three Asian American media pieces that you think people should know about, and why?
First, Marissa Aroy’s Delano Manongs: The Forgotten Heroes of the UFW, because it told the story of the often overlooked Filipino Americans who played a pivotal role in the American farm labor movement and the United Farm Workers union. Second, Evan Jackson Leong’s Jeremy Lin documentary, Linsanity, because it opened CAAMFest in 2013 with a sold out screening at Castro Theatre which was Linsane! And third, The Debut by Gene Cajayon, because it was the first time that I remember seeing an all-Filipino American cast on the big screen featuring a story every Fil Am couId could relate to, and that was an important breakthrough for me at the time.