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CAAMFest 2016 Is a Huge Celebration of Asian and Asian American Films and Videos

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By Ed Diokno


For those who love film and video, this weekend you can be in your glory. CAAMFest presents a 10-day smorgasbord of documentaries, home movies, personalities, shorts and feature films from the US and from Asia,

Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), CAAMFest is an 11‐day celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

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Presented by the Center for Asian American Media, this year’s festival of the video arts will be spread out from San Francisco’s Chinatown, to a brewpub to the Castro Theater to the Oakland California Museum.

The offerings are almost too much to take in. Click here for the full schedule of showings and events from March 10 to March 20.
One of the highlights will the rare showing and sing-along for the 10th anniversary of the feature-length with a cast of Asian American unknowns in the unique but lovable Colma, The Musical, which has become a cult classic. The Bay Area production will be shown this Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse. A lot of the original cast and director Richard Wong and writer H.P Mendoza will be present.

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For those looking for celebrities, take a look at the panel offerings on March 12 and 13 being held deep in the Mission at the Gray Area Foundation of Arts.

​On March 12, Golden Globe‐nominated Netflix series Master of None has had critics and viewers binge‐watching every episode

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and thirsting for more. Series co‐creator Alan Yang and cast member Kelvin Yu will be stopping by CAAMFest for a panel on the award‐winning show. Yang and Yu will divulge juicy details on the show’s inspiration and production as well as their own experiences in an industry full of both opportunity and obstacle.The next day, ​CAAMFest will explore the bane of existence for many Asian American actors: typecasting. For Asian American women and men looking for work, roles can be severely limited and stereotyped, especially when it comes to appearing as a character intended (or specifically not intended) for romance. The panel will feature actress V​ella Lovell and B​ay Area native Filipino American actor Vincent Rodriguez III from the hit series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Rodriguez and Lovell join other actors and filmmakers (TBA) to discuss the gradually changing landscape for gender roles and what they hope the future holds.


(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)

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