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Save the Date for CAAMFest 2021: May 13-23, 2021

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is pleased to announce that CAAMFest 2021 will take place May 13-23, 2021. CAAM will continue to create cultural connections for these times through a mostly online festival of film, food, and music with drive-in programs. Entering its 39th year, CAAMFest will continue to be an anchor event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Stay tuned to their websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter for announcements about CAAMFest highlighted films, Opening Night and Closing Night programs, and more.

Watch the Q&As and other highlights from CAAMFest FORWARD and CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home on their YouTube Channel.***

CAAMFest Call for Entries Last Deadline is February 26 – Submit Today

The final CAAMFest 2021 Call for Entries deadline is Friday, February 26. Submit your project at FilmFreeway for the chance to be part of the nation’s premier festival launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers. Noted CAAMFest alumni include Alice Wu, Grace Lee, Gurinder Chadha, Justin Chon, and Wayne Wang. For questions or more information about the Call for Entries, visit our website and FilmFreeway page, or email the Festival team at festival@caamedia.org.

CAAM Seeks Applicants for CAAMFest 2021 Job Openings – Learn More and Apply TodayCAAM is seeking applicants for several roles that will support the production and execution of our annual film, music, and food festival, CAAMFest. The available positions include: Festival Operations Manager, Digital Graphic Designer and Video Editor, Guest Services Coordinator, Marketing Assistant, and Box Office Associate. For more information and to apply, visit our website or email jobs@caamedia.org.

CAAM Seeks Applicants for Development Intern (or Volunteer) – Apply by February 26

CAAM seeks a motivated and outgoing Development Intern (or volunteer) who is passionate about the Asian American community and media arts to assist CAAM’s Development team. The Membership and Fundraising Projects Intern (or volunteer) will help with CAAM’s member outreach efforts and fundraising activities. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Chu at jobs@caamedia.org with “Development Intern – Membership & Fundraising Projects” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 26, 2021. Learn more here.

Apply for Funding from CAAM’s Documentary Fund by March 15
CAAM’s Documentary Fund is accepting submissions for documentary projects until March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers creating documentary films that illuminate the Asian American experience for a national audience via public television. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public media. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $50,000. Learn more and apply here.

Yuh-Jung Youn

Learn More about Veteran Korean Actor Yuh-Jung Youn and Her Work in Minari
Veteran Korean actor Yuh-Jung Youn plays the character of Grandma Soonja in director Lee Isaac Chung’s groundbreaking new film Minari. Learn more about Youn and her extraordinary work on the film, including how she and Lee Isaac Chung created the Grandma Soonja character together, in Paula Young Lee’s interview with Youn on our blogMinari is in select theaters now and on demand February 26. Purchase screening tickets at the A24 Virtual Screening Room.

Meet the Six Filmmakers Selected for the Inaugural The Sauce Fellowship
CAAM is proud to partner with NOVAC to support the professional development of next generation Asian American filmmakers in the American South through The Sauce Fellowship. We have selected Nash Consing, Melanie Ho, Kei Matsumoto, Bree Nieves, Sana Saif, and Sarah Tang for the inaugural cohort of this program. During the nine-month program the fellows will receive resources, networking opportunities, workshops, mentorship, and connection to the distribution platforms of public media. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

Meet the Filmmakers Selected by CAAM, Firelight Media, and Reel South for the Hindsight Project
CAAM, Firelight Media, and Reel South have selected the following filmmakers for the Hindsight Project: Amman Abbasi, Anissa Latham, Arleen Cruz-Alicea, Dilsey Davis, Kiyoko McCrae, and Zac Manuel. They will create short films for a new digital series exploring the lived experiences of communities of color in the American South and in Puerto Rico that reflect the migrations and movements throughout the complicated history of these regions. Learn more about the filmmakers and the project on our blog.

San Francisco Symphony Presents Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration on February 20
The San Francisco (SF) Symphony is proud to present the Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration: Year of the Ox, a digital concert event featuring host Joan Chen, SF Symphony musicians, and special guests. This event highlights themes of prosperity, unity, and growth in a program celebrating China’s vibrant musical traditions, past and present. This Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration will be available for free on SFSymphony+ and broadcast on NBC Bay Area at 4 p.m. on February 20; the program will rebroadcast February 27 at 4 p.m. on NBC Bay Area and February 21 and 27 at 3:30 p.m. on KTSF 26. Explore SFSymphony+ here.

Submit Your Short Film to HBO’s 2021 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition by April 1
HBO is seeking entries for its 2021 Asian Pacific American (APA) Visionaries Short Film Competition. Inspired by the theme “Taking the Lead,” films should portray Asian Pacific Americans as being at the forefront of a given narrative, embracing the spirits of trailblazers, heroes, and luminaries through a unique lens. Submissions will be accepted at FilmFreeway until April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Learn more and submit your work here.

CAAM Likes
▪ Sentient.Art.Film presents My Sight is Lined With Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video, until January 25, 2022. Now in its second year, the program spotlights rare, hard to watch, underground, and transgressive work. Learn more and buy tickets here.

▪ Working Films is accepting applications to its Impact Kickstart program until March 22. The program helps underrepresented filmmakers create strategic goals for impact and specific plans to engage future partners, funders, and audiences in meaningful ways. Two films will be selected for Impact Kickstart in 2021. Learn more and apply here.

▪ If you missed Susan Lieu’s presentation of her solo show 140 Lbs during CAAMFest 37, you can watch a virtual screening of it and its sequel Over 140 Lbs until February 21. Learn more and buy tickets on Susan Lieu’s website.

▪ UCLA Asian American Studies Center, in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents its 2021 Film Festival. Over two weekends (February 19-21 and February 26-28), you can watch online programming featuring powerful imagery and poignant commentary about meaningful issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Register for free tickets here.

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Announces Debut SPRING VIRTUAL SHOWCASE Online Kicking Off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Begins May 1st

Los Angeles, CA – April 21, 2020 – Visual Communications (VC), presenters of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), announced today the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE, a free digital showcase of films and panels to unite with audiences during this unprecedented time. The online showcase will highlight artists whose stories are critical at this moment in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This first time event begins May 1st and will run through May 28 as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The LAAPFF was slated to launch its 36th edition on April 30th, 2020 in theaters in Los Angeles. However, when local and state health authorities advised on minimizing the number of social gatherings due to COVID-19, VC decided to postpone the physical, in-theater screening events and focus on developing an online virtual experience. With everyone at home, this will enable the landmark festival to reach a national audience, as well.

In addition, radical reaction to the virus has thrust the Asian Pacific American community directly into the spotlight with a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. Coupled with the month of May being Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the timing of this festival becomes even more important for the Asian Pacific Community and all communities across the nation.

“Visual Communications acknowledges that this virus has been racialized and has incited hateful acts towards Asian Americans,” stated Francis Cullado – Executive Director of Visual Communications. “While seeing anti-Asian sentiments that perpetuate perilous narratives, VC and the Festival will continue to be a space for expression, engagement, and empowerment. Our LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE of these films underscores our determination to stay connected during this moment of isolation. And, we hope to bridge all communities through film and discourse and hopefully, instill understanding.”

Storefront of Chinatown meat and vegetable market in a scene from ASIAN AMERICANS. Photo courtesy PBS/CAAM/WETA.

The LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE will launch May 1st with its Opening Day Film – the premiere sneak preview of Episodes 3 and 4 of the upcoming groundbreaking PBS Documentary Series ASIAN AMERICANS. Both episodes will be available from 8AM PST to 8PM PST in the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE for personal viewing. Then at 5PM PST/8PM EST, there will be a special online Q&A with the filmmakers and special guests will take place to discuss the film and current issues. View the trailer for ASIAN AMERICANS here.

Subjects from FIRST VOTE – directed by YI CHEN – TOP (L TO R) Jennifer Ho; Kaiser Kuo and BOTTOM (L TO R) Lance Chen; Sue Googe
Photo courtesy of First Vote

The LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE will also feature the festival World Premiere of FIRST VOTE on May 5. Directed by Yi Chen, this insightful film focuses on the current Asian American experience at the election polls in the United States. Through in-depth honest and revealing conversations with four Asian American voters in battleground states, the filmmaker also contemplates exercising her own right to vote in America – a first time for her. An online post Q/A discussion with director Chen and subjects from the film will take place at 5PM PST on May 5.

Festival World Premiere - Sneak Preview - Episodes 3/4 at the LA ASIAN PACIFIC VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING DAY FILM Photo Courtesy of PBS/CAAM/WNET
Festival World Premiere – Sneak Preview – Episodes 3/4 at the LA ASIAN PACIFIC VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING DAY FILM Photo Courtesy of PBS/CAAM/WNET

The complete lineup for the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE will be announced on Monday, April 27th. For additional details, please visit festival.vcmedia.org.

Organizer Larry Itliong, an important figure with the United Farm Workers (UFW) in California in scene from the documentary
ASIAN AMERICANS premiering on May 11/12 on PBS – photo courtesy of CAAM/PBS/WNET

Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization turns 50 in 2020. Learn more at vcmedia.org.

In keeping with directives from the local, state, and federal health agencies, Visual Communications (VC) has rescheduled the 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) to a later date as they continue their commitment to the well being of our volunteers, artists, and audiences.

Presented by Visual Communications, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards. For more information, please visit festival.vcmedia.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young.

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