CAAMFest Celebrates 35 Years of Festivals

SAN FRANCISCO – The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is pleased to announce that CAAMFest 2017 will take place March 9-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CAAMFest is an 11-day feast for the senses, with film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

Celebrating its 35th year, CAAM turns the lens on itself, peering back to the festivals and themes of yesterday, exploring the organization and CAAMFest in its current form today, and looking ahead to future iterations and directions for the Festival. CAAMFest 2017’s expansive and diverse slate of programming will be on display in a variety of stunning and culturally rich venues in San Francisco and the East Bay, including the Castro Theatre, Asian Art Museum, New People Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, New Parkway Theater, Jewish Community Center, Roxie Theater, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Oakland Museum of California.

“CAAMFest 2017 is a true milestone for our organization and community,” says CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong. “The need for a festival —that celebrates creativity and diversity, that builds understanding and empathy, that educates and inspires — has never been more important and more necessary, and our dedication to the advancement of Asian American visibility and perspectives has never been stronger.”

This year’s festival boldly explores visibility and perspectives through a diverse and interactive media, from the charming resolve in Opening Night’s “The Tiger Hunter” (Bay Area premiere) to the ever-relevant struggles explored in Closing Night’s “The Chinese Exclusion Act” (West Coast premiere), and shines light on the cultural identity, community intersectionality and political landscapes that Asians and Asian Americans constantly navigate.

Opening and Closing Nights

“The Chinese Exclusion Act”