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CAAM, Center for Asian American Media, launched via press conference the 2014 CAAMFEST. As outlined by Executive Director Stephen Gong, and Festival & Exhibitions Director Masashi Niwano, and other members of the festival team, this years festival seems like it will be an exciting and eclectic mix of new and old. The festival will include film, music and food. This is the festivals’ 32nd year, and promises to continue the legacy of innovative programming of Asian and Asian American storytelling, and new ventures in music and food.

This years festival lineup is quite impressive. It will feature 121 films and videos, 7 world premiers, 2 North American premiers and 17 San Francisco premiers. The screening and event venues are a varied assortment of places in San Francisco, Berkeley, and this year Oakland.

The opening night gala will feature “How To Fight In Six Inch Heels” a Vietnamese box office hit. After the film the opening gala party will be at the Asian Art Museum and will feature, food, music and fashion. This event will sell out so get your tickets early.

Closing night will feature the film Delano Manongs, a documentary by Marissa Aroy, telling the story of Larry Itliong and his actions that led to the Delano Grape Strike. In celebration of the addition of Oakland venues, this years closing party will be at the Vessel Gallery in Oakland

There are going to be so many great and exciting pieces in this years festival it will be impossible to highlight them all here. Everyone is encouraged to visit their site at http://caamfest.com/2014/schedule/ to get full details of events, screenings galas.

Some of the Special Presentations include:

Spotlight : Grace Lee Director. In addition to screening her films American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs and American Zombie Ms. Lee will be in attendance discussing her experiences in modern cinema.

Retrospective: Ritu & Tenzing For this year’s Retrospective, CAAMFest hosts its Curatorial Residents, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, the directors of the new Dharamsala International Film Festival in India. Sarin and Sonam created the festival to bring the best of contemporary, independent Indian and world cinema to the city that is home to the Dalai Lama and the capital of the Tibetan community in exile.

Out of the Vaults: A retrospective featuring the films of producer Joseph Sunn Jue

Tribute: Run Run Shaw 3 films by Asian Cinema pioneer Run Run Shaw.

A Pacific Islanders In Communications Presents: Pacific Showcase

CAAMFEAST: CAAMFeast, the festivals special food centered programs, kicks off with CAAMFeast: Stories, Food and You, an evening honoring Asian American culinary achievement. The event honors Chef Martin Yan (of PBS and M.Y. China restaurant) and Chocolatier Wendy Lieu (Socola Chocolates).

CAAMFEAST is an annual fundraiser honoring the achievements of Asian American Chefs. It will be on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 6-9PM at One Kearny Club, San Francisco get more into at http://caamedia.org/caamfeast
And much much more.

Here is some general information released about the festival

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

CAAMFest is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media. CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the worlds most innovative Asian and Asian American artists. CAAMFest takes place March 13-23, 2014 in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. San Francisco venues include: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street; Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street; New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street; Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson Street; Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street; 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street; Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant, 1865 Post Street; Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission Street; Slate Bar, 2925 16th Street; Oakland venues include: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street; Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street; Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street; Berkeley venues include: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way.

FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION

Excluding special events, panels, galas and special screenings, advanced general admission tickets are $12. Students, seniors (65+) and disabled adults are $11 (Limit 1 per program with ID only). Tickets for Center for Asian American Media members are $10 (Limit 2 per program per ID). There is a $1.50 service charge for all tickets purchased online. Tickets go on sale to CAAM members only on Thursday, February 13, 2014 (online only) and open to the general public beginning Monday, February 17, 2014 (online only). Tickets can be purchased in person at our CAAMFest box office at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas starting Thursday, February 27, 2014.

About CAAM:

CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org.

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