Nurse Unseen
Filmmaker Michele Josue behind-the-scenes of Nurse Unseen. Image Credit: Joe Arciaga.

This year, CAAM is proud to fund Asian American filmmakers and projects that showcase the breadth and diversity of experiences in our community. We are awarding three projects destined for public media via the Documentary Fund, with generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).



Nurse Unseen directed/produced by Michele Josue, produced by Carlo Velayo and producer Joe Arciaga

Nurse Unseen
Top Left: Carlo Velayo, Top Center: Michele Josue, Top Right: Joe Arciaga, Bottom: Still from “Nurse Unseen”

Nurse Unseen explores the little-known history and humanity of the unsung Filipino nurses risking their lives on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic while facing a resurgence of anti-Asian hate in the streets.


Pinball directed by Naveen Chaubal and produced by Bryn Silverman

Top Left: Bryn Silverman, Top Right: Naveen Chaubal, Bottom: Still from “Pinball”

Pinball is a poignant coming-of-age feature that follows 19-year-old Yosef in suburban Louisville, Kentucky as he navigates adulthood in the shadow of a war that displaced his family from their Iraqi homeland.


Untitled Ping Chong Documentary directed/produced by Melanie Vi Levy and Ben Wu

Untitled Ping Chong Documentary
Top Left: Melanie Vi Levy, Top Right: Ben Wu, Bottom: Still from “Untitled Ping Chong Documentary”

Through intimate vérité access, a rich treasure trove of archival material, and original performance art, Untitled Ping Chong Documentary will offer a powerful and revealing portrait of one of America’s most inspiring unsung heroes of the arts as he creates the final, culminating work of his 50-year career.