Festival Forum: SFIAAFF’s Largest Free Event!

Join us for SFIAAFF’s largest event, FESTIVAL FORUM, a FREE outdoor showcase of lively artists, performers and media makers in San Francisco’s historic Japantown Peace Plaza! Featuring a tremendous line-up of acts, including NYC-based dance-rock band, PaperDoll! This year’s event will feature commemorative programs to mark the one-year anniversary of the March 11 Japanese tsunami and earthquake.

Do Nice Girls Really Finish Last?

Sheetal Sheth, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen star in NICE GIRLS CREW, a raunchy Bridesmaids‐meets-Arrested Development, no-holds-barred comedy series. Assembling an all-star cast of actresses, Nice Girls Crew pushes the boundaries of traditional comedy…and then some. Created/Written by CAAM staffer Christine Kwon and written/directed by Tanuj Chopra!

Moving in New Directions at SFIAAFF 30

From electronic pop to new school hip-hop, Directions In Sound 2012, delivers a genre-bending showcase featuring emerging artists and established vets. Join us on a trip through the future-forward music scene that’s blowing up the Asian American underground. Don’t blink…You might miss the next big thing!

And The Academy Award Goes To…

As Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for Oscar Sunday, we here at CAAM know exactly which film we’re rooting for: Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Doc, THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, which makes its Bay Area Premiere at SFIAAFF30. The first screening of this documentary will be part of our FESTIVAL FORUM, our largest event, bringing a FREE showcase of artists, performers and media makers to SF’s historic Japantown Peace Plaza. This year’s event commemmorates the one-year anniversary of the March 11 Japanese tsunami and earthquake.

Honoring Icons and Pioneers of Asian American Media

Although innovations in storytelling are taking media in exciting, new directions, 30 Years of SFIAAFF wouldn’t have been possible without the pioneers and icons that have shaped the Asian American media landscape today. Join us for a series of events that honor just a few of these legendary figures – Joan Chen, Cherylene Lee, and The Nakamura Family – through cast reunions, live conversations, readings, and retrospectives.

With Mardi Gras a Memory, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

As our friends in New Orleans recover from the party of the year, clearing away the vibrant masks and beads to make way for the more sobering period of Lent, we’d like to draw your attention to a less visible figure coming out of the Big Easy: Representative Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese American member of the U.S. Congress, and the only non-white Republican Congressman. Watch the World Premiere of the CAAM-produced documentary MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON at SFIAAFF30!

Closing Night Gala Presentation: Prison Dancer

For the first time ever, SFIAAFF is proud to present a WEB SERIES as our Closing Night Gala Presentation. Inspired by the 2009 Youtube sensation, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu,” PRISON DANCER is an original, interactive musical web series featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the hottest, rising Filipino musical talent in North America. This special “performative cinema” event will include video, live performances by cast members, and maestro-led audience participation. A once-in-a-lifetime program, this unprecedented experience rethinks what media is and can be.

SFIAAFF30 in San Jose!

Do you know the way to San Jose? We sure hope so because you don’t want to miss our official San Jose Launch Party on Thursday, February 16 at Koji Sake Lounge! One month later, on Friday March 16, SFIAAFF packs up and heads down to the South Bay with KNOTS, our breezy, island-set San Jose Opening Night Feature by renowned director, Michael Kang.

Love is in the air!

At SFIAAFF, Valentine’s Day isn’t only one day: it’s spread out during the entire festival! With films like My Wedding and Other Secrets, Yes We’re Open, Saving Face, and the This Is Not Love shorts program, there’s something for everyone.

The Female Jeremy Lin?

What’s the connection with Jeremy Lin, a rising NBA basketball phenom, and the 30th SFIAAFF? It turns out, Emily Tay, the FEMALE Asian-American Harvard basketball rock star of the documentary, NO LOOK PASS, was friends with Jeremy Lin at Harvard, and her inspirational story can be seen at this year’s Festival!