Center For Asian American Media Fest

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1:00pm

San Francisco, CA 94123

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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. For more than 40 years, CAAM has introduced audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and larger public.

We’re thrilled to present our 39th edition of our festival, which is a hybrid of Drive In experiences, live virtual screenings and events and 80+ films on CAAMFest on-demand.

CAAM 2021 Fellows, in conversation with their mentors, discuss what it means to start out as an Asian American filmmaker and the crucial need to find mentors who guide them through the daunting industry. The mentors will speak of their early experiences as documentarians and talk about what mentoring really means within the context of the Asian American community and how constructive mentoring can bring forth a perspective shift and a slew of stories that are able to authentically celebrate Asian resilience and joy. The fellows will ask questions around the mentors’ career choices, their processes, their experiences with their own mentors, and try and negotiate the area that lies in between good mentoring and gatekeeping.

Panelists: CAAM Fellowship 2021 Mentors: Geeta Gandhbir, Steve Maing, Nanfu Wang

Moderators: CAAM 2021 Fellows: Bree Nieves, So Yun Um, Elizabeth Ai

After our first filmmaker summit session, let’s relax and connect with other filmmakers. This happy hour is hosted by our friends at Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc).

4:00pm: THE DONUT KING - 94 mins at CAAMFest Site

Directed by Alice Gu

The American Dream with a glazed twist.

THE DONUT KING is Ted Ngoy’s rags-to-riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall. THE DONUT KING is a tale of hard knocks, redemption, wealth, survival, risk, and donuts.

Join audiences nationwide on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for a virtual CAAMFest Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of THE DONUT KING featuring a post-screening panel with writer, director, and showrunner Kulap Vilaysack and soon-to-be announced special guests, on immigration, cross-cultural community relationships, and the promise of the American Dream.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM),in collaboration with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Justice San Antonio, TX; Bud Werner Memorial Library; Connecticut Public Television; Georgia Public Broadcasting; Global Peace Film Festival; Kansas City Public Library; KIXE; KQED; NET; Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations; Panhandle PBS/KACV; Tillotson Center; and Yale Film Archive.

7:00pm: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE DOKKAEBI - 60 mins at CAAMFest Site
Dokkaebi are creatures in Korean mythology that are said to bring karmic justice to all. These Korean goblins possess supernatural powers and are always watching our deeds (good and bad), choosing to reward or punish accordingly. They are also known to be mischievous, as well as helpful, or vengeful. In Korean culture, they are often used in children’s literature as a way to encourage good behavior.

Blending traditional Korean drumming with western instruments, SF native musician, Dan Lee (Scrabbel) explores the Dokkaebi through music by creating a “soundtrack” for their existence in the modern world. Come listen/watch 4 distinct musical compositions inspired by the many sides of Dokkaebi. This program is a window into the creative process of songwriting, as the artist draws inspiration from personal history, daily life, and the past year’s events and funnels it through the eyes and ears of Korean goblins.

Funded by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Dan’s new work is a continued exploration of Korean culture via music, similar to his “Magpies of Seoul” from CAAMFEST 2019. These new compositions seek to re-imagine the Dokkaebi as they interact with humans in today’s society.  Guest musicians include: Sebastian Wang (janggu), Tim Bulkley (drums), Mike Olmos (trumpet) and DJ Cutso (turntables), and Ami Lee (ukulele).

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