We’re pleased attend CAAM Fest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) in San Francisco and Oakland beginning with Opening Night at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. The Opening Night film is Tyrus, about Tyrus Wong, the pioneering artist who helped to create a number of movies including the Walt Disney classic Bambi and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). Pamela Tom directs.
CAAM Fest is more than a film festival and includes music and food events. See the complete schedule here.
Festival highlights include a light-hearted look at the immigrant experience in Good Ol’ Boy, a coming-of-age drama set in 1979. The story begins in rural India but winds up in small town USA. Starring Jason Lee, Samrat Chakrabarti and Anjul Nigam.
Directed by Tanuj Chopra, the cannabis tale Grass is also on the lighter side. It’s a change of pace for Chopra, the award-winning director of the searing drama Punching at the Sun (2006). Features Emily C. Chang and Pia Shah
From the festival’s notes:
SPOTLIGHT: MABEL CHEUNG
Mabel Cheung is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent directors. Her international acclaim reflects over 30 years of award-winning works, beginning with her “Migration Trilogy.” CAAMFest presents two of Cheung’s influential films. Up first is her newest feature and CAAMFest’s Centerpiece Narrative, A TALE OF THREE CITIES, which transports us to Hong Kong during the turbulent times of war in the 1930s and 1940s, focusing on an epic story of romance and tragedy between the real-life parents of Jackie Chan. Starring Lau Ching-wan (MAD DETECTIVE) and Tang Wei (LUST, CAUTION). The second film, THE SOONG SISTERS, was originally released in 1997, and is considered one of the highlights in Cheung’s ongoing career. The true story explores the three fascinating sisters whose high-profile marriages, celebrity status and family ties elevated them to positions of wealth and power where they used their influence to shape Chinese history in the early 20th century. Starring Maggie Cheung (HERO), Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) and Vivian Wu (THE LAST EMPEROR).