Category Archive: CAAMFest

Review: Tyrus (Tom, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016

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Director Pamela Tom‘s love letter to accomplished Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong was the Opening Night film at CAAMfest this year. The documentary, which premiered at Telluride and garnered audience awards at the Hawaii… Continue reading

Review: Grass (Chopra, 2016) – CAAMFest 2016

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Cam (Emily Chang) and Jinky (Pia Shah, former CAAM Media Fund Director) are in a park. And, for the course of the hour-long movie, they never leave that park. They have a backpack… Continue reading

Review: The Kids (Yu, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016

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As a new parent, I often wonder what it would have been like to have had my first baby at a younger age, when I was more energetic and my body more resilient.… Continue reading

Review: Operation Popcorn (Grabias, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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If you don’t know much about the Hmong living in the U.S., Operation Popcorn will be an eye-opening documentary. If you do (or are Hmong yourself), you might be intrigued at the behind-the-scenes… Continue reading

CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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The Bay Area’s CAAMFest (Center for Asian American Media Festival) begins tomorrow, opening with the documentary Tyrus, which tells the life story of Tyrus Wong, a 105-year-old artist most well-known for his work… Continue reading

Review: Atomic Heart (Ahmadzade, 2014) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Drunk and giggly, Arineh (Taraneh Alidoosti, Fireworks Wednesday and About Elly) and Nobahar (Pegah Ahangarani) leave a party and begin driving home. The two women, who are evidently close friends, hum children’s tunes and… Continue reading

Review: Drawing the Tiger (Benson & Squire, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Through their first feature-length documentary film, Drawing the Tiger, filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire follow the fortunes of one rural Nepali family over the course of seven years. The Darnals are typical Nepali… Continue reading

Review: Pali Road (Lim, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Pali Road is a psychological thriller set in gorgeous Oahu, starring Taipei-born actress Michelle Chen, Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), and Sung Kang (Fast & Furious franchise). The film, which is director Jonathan Hua Lang… Continue reading

Review: Love Arcadia (Gan, 2015) – CAAMFest 2015

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Director Lawrence Gan‘s debut feature-length film is a pleasant romantic comedy taking place in the uber-Asian Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia. For recent high school graduate Jake (Anthony Ma), his job at his… Continue reading

Review: Jalanan (Ziv, 2013) – CAAMFest 2015

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Jalanan is one of the finest examples of cinéma vérité I have seen at CAAMFest, which is why I named it one of the 4 Must-See Documentaries of the festival. The documentary, which… Continue reading