By admin March 25, Over the past couple of I weeks I attended a pair of film festivals occurring at the same time, miles apart. Anyway, with the invaluable help of Jessica Hayes in San Francisco, and Merle Bertrand in Austin, Texas, here is the part one of my report: This festival actually contains a great deal of films from Asia, and not just Pacific Rim countries.
The following is a sample of films affiliated with Nikkei history and filmmakers. Kevin Iwashina serves as one of the films executive producers. Jake Shimabukuro Documentary.
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A scene from Quentin Lee's "White Frog. Along with its strong local resonance, the festival has important national and international ties and reaches a diverse audience from across the Asian diaspora. With an emphasis on live events, multimedia performances, and ventures into the culinary and gaming worlds, the festival welcomes new media platforms with the spirit of curiosity.
Jump to navigation. The filmfest and its parent organization have become venerable institutions in an era of mushrooming new media and film festival ferment--yet their engagement with these changes keeps them youthful and relevant. Political controversy made at least one film a hot ticket.
NAATA is partially funded by government grants, and provides production money and resources for filmmakers. The festival relies on sponsorship from large organizations like Pacific Bell and Grants for the Arts. Afterwards, as everyone munched on noodles and egg rolls at the three-tiered Grand Palace restaurant in Chinatown, conversation pointed not only to the aesthetics of the film, but to a renewed sense of history and accomplishment.
The festival is organized by the Center of Asian American Media. From toACV spun off a traveling version of their festival that toured the U. CAAM partnered with ACV to showcase their traveling festival in San Francisco, adding in other films by local filmmakers to help round out the program.
The country's largest showcase for Asian American and Asian film is underway in California. Host Michel Martin speaks with its new director, year-old Masashi Niwano, about the festival and the films on offer this year. Next, we'll hear about the largest showcase for Asian-American and Asian films in the U.
Best known perhaps for her dance performance in Flower Drum SongCherylene Lee is an unsung Asian American showbiz pioneer with dozens of network television and Hollywood film credits during the s and s. None other than the great Gene Kelly claimed that Cherylene was his favorite dancing partner. A born storyteller, Cherylene conveys her experiences as a Chinese American child performer with candor and insight.
Like any other film festival dealing with new releases, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is a bit of a grab bag. Some years are better than others in the festivalizing business, depending on the crop. When it's a slack year for new movies a festival can be a terrific bore. Add to this the Asian-American fest's built-in dilemma — between movies from Asia and the "made-in-USA" ones by Asian-American filmmakers — and it's no wonder that we never can quite predict what kind of time we're going to have when this event rolls around.