The Center for Asian American Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Vicci Ho, as the new Assistant Director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Ho has worked on several film and TV productions, as well as the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, where she become the director in 2006. Ho also worked as web editor of Variety Asia and remains an occasional contributor for Variety.
The Pacific Film Archive presents I LOVE BEIJING: THE FILMS OF NING YING. Ning Ying is an artist in residence at PFA this fall, appearing in person to discuss her films and offering a master class on October 27. This series is presented in conjunction with the BAM exhibition Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection.
THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA will make its world premiere on YouTube Screening Room on Friday, October 17, 2008. Wayne Wang explains, “THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA is about a young woman from China who tries to locate her identity through different kinds of new media. The piece was shot with this kind of mentality with various kinds of easily accessible digital sources. I am very excited that the distribution will be consistent with the way the piece was conceived and produced!”
YBCA presents a literary reading of THE EVOLUTION OF A SIGH by R. Zamora Linmark, author of the best-selling novel Rolling The Rʼs and poetry collection Prime Time Apparitions. Linmark will be reading from his latest collection of poetry, the just-published THE EVOLUTION OF A SIGH, as well as new works.
Back by popular demand, Hyphen presents the 3rd annual Mr. Hyphen competition on October 4, 2008, celebrating the men of the Asian American community. Mr. Hyphen is an energy-filled evening of fun and charity. Rounds will be decided alternately by an audience vote and by an illustrious panel of judges. The man who is crowned Mr. Hyphen wins a $1000 cash donation to his nonprofit organization.
As part of the MVFF focus series, CAAM is pleased to co-present FOCUS ASIA at the 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival. MVFF will present a number of award-winning new Asian narrative and documentary films, including the CAAM-funded THE BETRAYAL (NERAKOUN), directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasaveth
Sip earthy tea inside a mammoth atmospheric, communal space, which celebrates the centuries-old nomadic trade and travel of the Silk Routes. Elsewhere in the museum, taste teas from India, Persia, and Tibet or those along China’s Tea and Horse Roads. TEA & SPICE takes place at the Asian Art Museum on September 4th at 5:30pm.
Pacific Film Archive presents UNKNOWN PLEASURES: The Films of Jia Zhangke. Viewers wishing to understand China’s vast changes during the last decade, those seeking arguably the most important, critically acclaimed director of our era, should start in one place: the films of Jia Zhangke. UNKNOWN PLEASURES film series screens from September 12 – October 17, 2008 at the Pacific Film Archive.