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CAAM Fest 2016

Film, Music & Food Festival
by the Center for Asian American Media

The CAAM Fest (formerly known as the Asian American Film Festival) offers a variety of works from Asian American artists. This year's festival runs from March 10 - 20, 2016.

In addition to films, this annual event now features music and food. All events showcase the talents of Asian and Asian American artists.

You can see more than 120 films, from documentaries to shorts, at this year's event. You can also catch several classic Hong Kong films throughout the festival. Filmmakers from around the world will be on hand to show and discuss their works.

Opening Night Gala

The 2016 CAAM Fest kicks off on Thursday, March 10 with the showing of "Tyrus" at the Castro Theater at 7:00pm. After the film, there is an Opening Night Gala at SF's gorgeous Asian Art Museum.

The celebration starts at 9:30pm where you can dance the night away as you sample yummy bites and beverages. It's the Asian Art Museums's 50th Anniversary and they will be opening three major exhibits for attendees the night of the event: China at the Center, Pearls on a String, and Hidden Gold.

Click here for information on buying tickets to the Opening Night events.

Film Schedule

Click the links below to view the schedule of 2016's CAAM Fest films for each day of the event.

March 5 | March 10 | March 11 | March 12

March 13 | March 14 | March 15 | March 16

March 17 | March 18 | March 19 | March 20

March 5
Title Time Location
CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You 6:00 pm One Kearny Club

March 10
Title Time Type Length Location
Tyrus 7:00 pm Documentary, Feature 73 mins Castro Theater
Opening Night Gala 9:30 pm Events, Gala Presentations   Asian Art Museum

March 11
Title Time Type Length Location
Kid Kulafu 5:00 pm Narrative  109 mins Roxie Theatre
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story 6:30 pm Documentary 58 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Kampai: For The Love of Sake 6:40 pm Caamfeast, Cinemasia 95 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Drawing the Tiger 7:30 pm Documentary 97 mins Roxie Theatre
Directions in Sound: Korean Showcase 9:00 pm Directions In Sound, Events   Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Grass 9:20 pm Comedy, Narrative  73 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Mad Tiger 9:40 pm Documentary 82 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Through The Looking Glass 10:00 pm Shorts 86 mins Roxie Theatre

March 12
Title Time Type Length Location
Atomic Heart 12:10 pm Culture, Narrative 97 mins Roxie Theatre
In Conversation With Randall Okita 12:30 pm Special Presentations   Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Painted Nails 12:40 pm Documentary 58 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Please Remember Me 1:00 pm Documentary 78 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Everything Will Be 2:00 pm Special Presentations 90 mins City College of San Francisco-Chinatown/North Beach Campus
Ninth Floor 2:40 pm Documentary 81 mins Roxie Theatre
Daze of Justice 3:00 pm Documentary, Social Issue 69 mins Alamo Drafthouse
The Kids 4:00 pm International Narratives 90 mins Alamo Drafthouse
Frank Wongs Chinatown (working title) 5:00 pm Documentary 35 mins City College of San Francisco-Chinatown/North Beach Campus
Am I American, I Am American 5:00 pm SHORTS 89 mins Roxie Theatre
Yeu (Love)  5:50 pm Gay/Lesbian, International Narratives 105 mins  Alamo Drafthouse
Master of None 6:00 pm Events, Panels    Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 
Crush the Skull 6:40 pm Comedy, Horror, Narrative 80 mins Alamo Drafthouse
In The Room  7:30 pm Narrative  90 mins  Roxie Theatre 
Festival Social Club x Kollaboration SF 9:00 pm Directions In Sound, Events    Slate Bar 
Pali Road  9:10 pm Narrative  92 mins  Alamo Drafthouse 
The Out(er) Limits 9:20 pm Shorts 78 mins  Alamo Drafthouse 
Thanatos, Drunk  9:50 pm Narrative  107 mins  Roxie Theatre 

March 13
Title Time Type Length Location
Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass  12:00 pm Narrative 103 mins Roxie Theatre 
Be About It  12:15 pm Bay Area Connection, Documentary, Short, Social Issue 39 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Umrika  12:20 pm Narrative 102 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
A Brave New Digital World  1:30 pm Events, Panels    Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 
Family Ingredients  2:30 pm Documentary 60 mins Roxie Theatre 
Colma: The Musical  3:00 pm  Narrative 113 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Good Ol' Boy  3:10 pm Comedy, Culture, Family, Narrative 104 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Roots 4:30 pm Shorts 100 mins Roxie Theatre 
Two Lunes  6:10 pm Feature, Narrative Fiction 85 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
A Tale of Three Cities  6:20 pm Drama, Narrative 130 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Changing the Channel on Gender Roles  6:30 pm Events, Panels    Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 
Operation Popcorn  7:00 pm Documentary 80 mins Roxie Theatre 
3688  9:00 pm Narrative 100 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift  9:40 pm Action, Narrative 105 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Relationship Status: It's Complicated  9:40 pm Shorts 84 mins Roxie Theatre 

March 14
Title Time Type Length Location
Jasmine 6:20 pm Feature, Narrative, Narrative Fiction 80 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
 The Soong Sisters  9:00 pm Narrative 140 mins Alamo Drafthouse 

March 15
Title Time Type Length Location
The Super Story behind Pixar's "Sanjay's Super Team"  6:30 pm Events, Panels, Special Presentations    Alamo Drafthouse 
The Royal Tailor  9:00 pm Narrative 127 mins Alamo Drafthouse 

March 16
Title Time Type Length Location
Portraits From The Schoolyard  6:20 pm Shorts 91 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
Memories To Light: Chinese American Home Movies  7:00 pm Special Presentations    Chinese Historical Society of America 
No Land's Song  8:40 pm Documentary 93 mins Alamo Drafthouse 

March 17
Title Time Type Length Location
H.P. Mendoza's Takeover  6:00 pm Events   Asian Art Museum
The Name of the Whale  6:20 pm Documentary 91 mins Alamo Drafthouse 
France is Our Mother Country  9:00 pm Documentary 74 mins Alamo Drafthouse 

March 18
Title Time Type Length Location
CAAMFest @ OMCA  5:00 pm Events   Oakland Museum of California 
Mele Murals  7:00 pm Documentary 60 mins Oakland Museum of California 

March 19
Title Time Type Length Location
Bambi  10:30 am Animation 70 mins Walt Disney Family Museum
Mele Murals  12:10 pm Documentary 60 mins New People Cinema 
Be About It  12:50 pm Bay Area Connection, Documentary, Short, Social Issue 39 mins New Parkway Theater 
The Royal Tailor  2:20 pm Narrative 127 mins New Parkway Theater 
1990 Institute: Youth Voices on China  2:30 pm Special Presentations    New People Cinema 
Umrika  3:00 pm Narrative 102 mins New People Cinema 
Mad Tiger  5:00 pm Documentary 82 mins New People Cinema 
Thanatos, Drunk  5:10 pm Narrative 107 mins New Parkway Theater 
The Out(Er) Limits  5:20 pm SHORTS   78 mins New Parkway Theater 
Kampai: For The Love of Sake  7:30 pm Cultural 95 mins New People Cinema 
3688  8:00 pm Narrative 100 mins New Parkway Theater 
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story 8:10 pm Bay Area Connection, Documentary 58 mins New Parkway Theater 
In The Room  9:50 pm Narrative 90 mins New People Cinema 

March 20
Title Time Type Length Location
Sons of Halawa  12:30 pm Documentary 56 mins New People Cinema 
Crush the Skull  1:00 pm Comedy, Horror, Narrative 80 mins New Parkway Theater 
Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass  2:20 pm Narrative 103 mins New Parkway Theater 
Muslim Youth Voices  3:00 pm Special Presentations    New People Cinema 
Bambi  3:00 pm Animation 70 mins Walt Disney Family Museum 
Good Ol' Boy  3:15 pm Comedy, Culture, Family, Narrative 104 mins New Parkway Theater 
Please Remember Me  4:40 pm Documentary 78 mins New Parkway Theater 
The Name of the Whale  5:00 pm Documentary 91 mins New People Cinema 
Painted Nails  5:20 pm Documentary 58 mins New Parkway Theater 
Right Footed  7:00 pm Documentary 81 mins New Parkway Theater 
The Kids  7:10 pm International Narratives 90 mins New People Cinema 
Right Footed  7:30 pm Documentary 81 mins New Parkway Theater 
Closing Night Party  9:00 pm Events   SomaR Bar 

Music Schedule

The 2016 CAAM Fest features a few live shows. Here are the details for each one:

  • Directions in Sound: Korean Showcase at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts on March 11 at 9pm

  • Festival Social Club x Kollaboration SF at Slate Bar on March 12 at 9pm

  • Mad Tiger at the Alamo Drafthouse on March 11 at 9:40pm and New People Cinema on March 19 at 5pm

  • No Land's Song at Alamo Drafthouse on March 16 at 8:40pm

CAAM Feast

CAAM Feast kicks off with Stories, Food, & You on Saturday, March 5. This food festival honors Asian American greats including  Cecilia Chiang (The Mandarin), celebrated entrepreneur George Chen (China Live, Eight Tables by George Chen) and chef Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu's).

It starts at 6pm at One Kearny Club.

Tickets for this event start at $200 per person.

Other CAAM Fest Tips

Tickets

I recommend buying tickets in advance for all shows. While you might get tickets at the door, many of these performances sell out in advance. After ordering, you can pick up your tickets at Will Call at the venue's box office 45 minutes before the show.

Click here for more information and to buy your tickets. You can also buy packs of tickets for more than one show, which allows you to save a little money.

Where to Stay

Since the events are shown all over the Bay Area, I recommend staying in the central hub of the city, Union Square. There are dozens of options in this part of the city and public transportation is easily accessible. Click here for my top recommendations in Union Square.

Many of the films also show in the Japantown's Sundance Kabuki Theater. Click here for recommendations on where to stay in this district and some ideas for other things to do here.

Other Events in March

Saint Patrick's Day: Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in San Francisco! Every year, you will find a massive parade down Market Street and a festival by City Hall with live music, food, and other fun activities. This is the Saturday before or after the holiday. On the holiday itself, you will find several fun events at local Irish Bars. Click here for details.

SF Theater Performances: Every year, you will find several theater performances in March. They range from award winning shows such as Wicked and the Book of Mormon to smaller productions in more intimate settings. Click here for a list of shows this month in SF!

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