Looking Ahead: 2014 CAAMFest, San Jose

CAAMFest San Jose 2014 Poster

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may already know that CAAMFest, which takes place in San Francisco every March, is holding its shortened summer festival in San Jose the weekend after Labor Day, from September 4 to 7. All films will be screened at the San Jose Camera 3 theater on S. Second Street. The lineup, though shorter, is also more manageable, with some films repeating from the March festival and some brand new to CAAMFest. If you missed them in March, here’s your chance to catch narrative features Awesome Asian Bad Guys and Brahmin Bulls as well as the documentaries Cambodian Son and Stories from Tohoku. The San Jose festival also features the new-to-CAAM films 27°C Loaf Rocks, American Dreams in China, Funny Money, Meet the Patels, and Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice.

I’m personally most excited about three of the films on the festival schedule: American Dreams in China, which screened at both the San Francisco International Film Festival earlier this year as well as the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The narrative feature has been called the Chinese Social Network and follows three college friends in a rags-to-riches story as they adopt China’s new entrepreneurial spirit. Brahmin Bulls, which explores an estranged father-son relationship in LA, won the San Diego Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award, while Cambodian Son, which won the CAAMFest 2014 Documentary Award, follows Cambodian poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a refugee camp, immigrated to America, was deported back to Cambodia at age 32, and now represents Cambodia as a poet on the international stage.

In my opinion, the best part about attending film festivals is the talent that the festivals usually draw. This September, expect to see the directors from Stories from Tohoku, Meet the Patels, Brahmin Bulls, Awesome Asian Bad Guys, Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice, and Funny Money.

In this week leading up to the festival I plan on posting reviews of Funny Money and Brahmin Bulls. If you like what you see, you can buy tickets at the box office from September 5 – 7 at Camera 3 for $12 (general)/$10 (CAAM members), or online with an extra $1.50 processing fee. Also, catch me at the screenings of Stories from Tohoku (12:30 pm Saturday), American Dreams in China (6 pm Saturday), Cambodian Son (4:45 pm Sunday), and 27°C Loaf Rocks (7 pm Sunday).


27°C Loaf Rocks trailer only has Chinese subtitles

At the time of writing, a trailer for Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice was not available