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 9 - 19, 2017.
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.
The 2017 CAAM Fest kicks off on Thursday, March 9 with the showing of "The Tiger Hunter" 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 at the Asian Art Museum starts at 9:30pm, and you can dance the night away as you sample yummy bites and beverages. While there, check out their newest exhibit, Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty.
Note: The schedule below is from last year's festival. I will update it as soon as the 2017 information is released.
Click the links below to view the schedule of 2016's CAAM Fest films for each day of the event.
|CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You||6:00 pm||One Kearny Club|
|Tyrus||7:00 pm||Documentary, Feature||73 mins||Castro Theater|
|Opening Night Gala||9:30 pm||Events, Gala Presentations||Asian Art Museum|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Jasmine||6:20 pm||Feature, Narrative, Narrative Fiction||80 mins||Alamo Drafthouse|
|The Soong Sisters||9:00 pm||Narrative||140 mins||Alamo Drafthouse|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|CAAMFest @ OMCA||5:00 pm||Events||Oakland Museum of California|
|Mele Murals||7:00 pm||Documentary||60 mins||Oakland Museum of California|
|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|
|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|
Note: The live music shows below are from 2016. Stay tuned for updates.
The 2016 CAAM Fest features a few live shows. Here are the details for each one:
CAAM Feast kicks off with "Stories, Food, & You" on Saturday, March 4. This food festival honors Asian American chefs including Roy Choi, the People's Kitchen Collective (Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, Saqib Keval), and the Asian Chefs Association (Khai Duong, Chris Yeo, Lawrence Chu).
The event is from 6 to 9pm at The Green Room, War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for this event start at $200 per person.
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.
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.
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 Hamilton and Into the Woods to smaller productions in more intimate settings. Click here for a list of shows this month in SF!