Celebrating CAAMFest’s 35th anniversary, this year’s Special Presentations feature a diverse and timely lineup of local and international spotlights, interactive works, anniversary screenings, a Pacific Islander showcase, community screenings and poignant documentaries on the legacy of Japanese American Internment.
Steve James / Special Presentations / USA / 2016 / 88 minsAcclaimed filmmaker Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) explores the evocative story of the Sung family-owned Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. James documents the family’s trial by judge and their own Chinatown community.
Preceded by: The Ride
Salima Koroma / Directions in Sound, Special Presentations / USA / 2016 / Culture, Documentary, Independent / 80 minsAsian American rappers Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy and Lyricks break ethnic and music-industry stereotypes in the documentary, BAD RAP. This musically-minded presentation will feature live performances from the highlighted artists.
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
March 14, 2017 7:00 pm Tickets available at jccsf.org/arts-ideas/bad-rap/
Ham Tran / Special Presentations / Vietnam / 2016 / 115 minsSet in today’s world of digital devices and complex connectivity, BITCOIN HEIST sends the viewer on an action-adventure ride with a cop in pursuit of a “ghost” hacker who stole billions of dollars in bitcoins. The officer teams up with other criminals to help her plan the ultimate heist.
Sam Bailey / Special Presentations / USA / 2017With its BROAD CITY meets INSECURE vibes, this new web series paints an intimate portrait of two young women of color navigating their relationships, families, sexual orientations and the messiness of being in your mid-20s.
Evgeny Afineevsky / Special Presentations / 111 minsCRIES FROM SYRIA is a stunning and brutal window into the lives of Syrian children, activists, families and ordinary citizens whose collective voice and struggle to be seen and heard by the world reveals hope in the face of unimaginable horror.
Events, Special Presentations / 60 minsCAAM, in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center, is thrilled to bring some mouth-watering shorts to the big screen, including Kerry Chan’s SUNDAY DINNER, a film that follows one man’s journey from picking the freshest ingredients in San Francisco’s Chinatown to cooking an incredible feast for his family. This special screening is part of the EAT CHINATOWN Spring Exhibit.
Preceded by: Sunday Dinner
Sarah Grohnert / Special Presentations / New Zealand / 2015 / Documentary / 93 minsSet in the lush forests of New Zealand, the indigenous Maori tribe, Ngāi Tūhoe, embarks on a landmark construction project of a sustainable living building. Visually stunning and full of spirit, this documentary captures the development of the building, its vital ties to the tribe’s culture and the reclamation of their land and community.
Curtis Choy / Special Presentations / USA / 1983 / Documentary / 58 minsForcible evictions devastated a manong community after the International Hotel was demolished in 1981, marking the destruction of the last block of San Francisco’s Manilatown. Narrated by late poet Al Robles, THE FALL OF THE I-HOTEL tells the story of 50 old-timers displaced by 300 cops in the dead of night and the overall impacts of urban renewal.
Preceded by: Asians In America: In Three Parts
Russ Meyer / Special Presentations / USA / 1965 / Narrative / 83 minsRuss Meyer’s 1965 cult classic FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! has influenced a generation of outcasts, weirdos and badasses. The wildly turbulent story follows three go-go dancers as they break free from their nightclub and take a wild ride through the desert, complete with kidnapping, scheming and murder. At the heart of the movie are mixed race Asian stars Tura Satana and Haji. YOMYOMF is proud to partner with CAAM and the Alamo Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesdays to present the film that made Satana an icon.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
March 15, 2017 10:30 pm Tickets available at drafthouse.com/sf
Matthew Hashiguchi / Special Presentations / USA / 2016 / Documentary, Feature, Multimedia, New Media / Web / 56 minsThrough home video footage and interviews with family members, filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi explores his identity and tells the story of what it means to grow up mixed race in America’s heartland, Cleveland, Ohio.
Preceded by: Seppuku