CAAM Filmmaker Summit Work from Home Edition

CAAM Programming during the Pandemic

CAAM believes this moment necessitates more precise investments in Asian American media projects and filmmakers. We are particularly poised and eager to catalyze community-wide energy towards maintaining a robust and sustainable Asian American documentary support network. We are pivoting to create and implement core filmmaker support programs in new and in some cases as yet unknown forms, remotely accessible and along a more fluid timeline. This translates to working with our constituents to learn how we can most effectively deliver programs virtually for the foreseeable future and in person, when possible.

Although we are sad that we will not be able to gather the Asian American film community at our Filmmaker Summit, we will be organizing virtual panels and discussions in support of filmmakers and their craft. We hope to be able to respond to the needs of our community in a timely and meaningful way and we invite your participation, support and feedback in this process.

May 14, 2020


Filmmaker Summit Session 1: Filmmaking in the time of COVID-19

Independent filmmakers, producers & film festivals are all used to working within limitations or constraints and the arrival of COVID-19 and an indefinite shelter in place mandate in most states has driven the community to dig deep into and pivot quickly to create new ways of doing their work.

10:00 am
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Filmmaker Summit Session 2: Personal Narratives in Documentary

Filmmakers and Mentors Grace Lee and Senain Kheshgi in conversation with Fellows Anula Shetty and Jude Chehab and moderator Vicky Du will discuss their experience and talk about their own strategies for storytelling specifically on a personal documentary film.

12:30 pm
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Filmmaker Summit Happy Hour Hangout, Day 1: Behind the Scenes with the Asian Americans series

Join the team of producers from the seminal PBS series ASIAN AMERICANS to talk about their experience working on the stories that encompass a breadth of diversity from many nations and ethnicities.

3:00 pm
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May 15, 2020


Filmmaker Summit Session 3: Documentary Story Development & Process

The process of documentary filmmaking, particularly ones that are character driven and primarily verite bring with them unique challenges often in the development phase.

10:00 am
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Filmmaker Summit Session 4: Grant Writing Workshop

In the Grant Writing Master Class, IDA’s Program Officer Dana Merwin outlines the multi-faceted grant-writing process for documentary projects.

12:30 pm
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Filmmaker Summit Happy Hour Hangout, Day 2: The Documentary Industry Responds to COVID-19

Join Sundance, IDA, ITVS, BGDM, Firelight & A-Doc for an informal chat about how the film industry and filmmaker networks have rallied to support both organizations and filmmakers during this pandemic. What are some things they’ve learned, how are they changing their business, what’s next? CAAMFest Screening Promoted: FIRST VOTE at 5p

3:00 pm
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