From an intimate portrait of a Bay Area native’s meteoric rise to international fame, to a magical realist interpretation of the birth of a nation, and closing with a mosaic of rare home videos as multifaceted and vibrant as the lives lovingly depicted, this year’s Gala Presentations usher in CAAMFest by way of a series of homecomings.
Evan Jackson Leong / Gala Presentations / USA / 2012 / Bay Area Connection / 88 minsIn 2012, the entire media landscape was abuzz about one man: basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. Lin scored more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era: in less than a month, Linsanity was born. In the first documentary in over a decade to open the festival, filmmaker Leong and his crew give you courtside seats to Lin’s sudden rise, capturing the energy and hysteria that swept up this Palo Alto baller—and the world—along the way.
Gala Presentations / USAMemories to Light: Asian American Home Movies uses the power of collective memory and media to bring to life the experiences of Asian American communities in California. This is the first of a series of public screenings of compiled films, showcasing the breadth of America’s cultural history.
Deepa Mehta / Gala Presentations / Canada, Sri Lanka / 2012 / Narrative / 148 minsAuteur Deepa Mehta (Water, SFIAAFF ’06) returns to the festival with her much-anticipated collaboration with writer Salman Rushdie, an adaptation of his award-winning novel Midnight’s Children. Born at the exact moment of India’s independence, Saleem leads “midnight’s children,” those born in India’s first hour, all with magical powers.