CAAMFest 2016 (presented by Center for Asian American Media)

CAAMFest is the nation's largest festival dedicated to Asian and Asian American film, music, food and innovations in storytelling. Held between March 10-20, CAAMFest is expecting 35K attendees with screenings in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. They will have over 250 filmmakers and special guests in attendance. Venues include The Castro Theatre, The Alamo Drafthouse, The Roxie Theater, New People Cinema, New Parkway Cinema and Gray Area's Grand Theater.

Gray Area is proud to be hosting the following events:
  • Directions in Sound: Korean Showcase 3/11/16 9:00pm
  • The Korean showcase is back by popular demand, featuring international groups dripping with rhythmic and vocal talents for your listening pleasure! Raise your arms, close your eyes and feast on the electro-synth, grunge-filled atmosphere pulsing through this unforgettable experience! 21+ only. FEATURING: BIG PHONY, HEO, WYM, and LOVE X STEREO. Buy Tickets Here.
  • In Conversation with Randall Okita 3/12/16 12:30pm
  • Randall Okita’s work has become progressively more ambitious, exhibited and awarded. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Okita has lived and worked in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto. CAAM welcomes Okita to the Bay Area with a special screening of his short films and a discussion of the influences and processes involved. Buy Tickets Here.
  • Master of None 3/12/16 6:00pm
  • Asian Americans made great strides in television and media during 2015. Leading this wave was the game-changing Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series MASTER OF NONE, which critics and viewers alike have been binge-watching and thirsting for more. CAAM is thrilled to host series co-creator Alan Yang and cast member Kelvin Yu as they share details on the show’s inspiration and production as well as their own experiences in an industry full of both opportunity and obstacle. Buy Tickets Here.
  • A Brave New Digital World 3/13/16 1:30
  • With the success of digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, 2016 will see a record number of new digital services looking to fund/distribute content from and for diverse communities. This year has already seen or will see the launch of SVOD/AVOD/OTT platforms including NBC Seeso, CBS All Access, WatchABC, Comic Con, Warner Brothers TV, Verizon Go90, Fullscreen, YouTube Red, Seriously, Rated Red and others. In addition, filmmaker Justin Lin (FAST & FURIOUS franchise, upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND) and YOMYOMF will be launching Interpretations 2.0 with Comcast/NBCUniversal to discover the next wave of promising Asian Pacific American filmmakers. As traditional opportunities dry up for filmmakers, could digital become the new indie cinema? YOMYOMF talks to key players from the industry providing outlets for this new and sustainable content about the opportunities for Asian Pacific American content creators in the brave, new digital world. Buy Tickets Here.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Changing the Channel on Gender Roles 3/13/16 6:30pm
  • CAAMFest will explore the bane of existence for many Asian American actors: typecasting. For Asian American women and men looking for work, roles can be severely limited and stereotyped, especially when it comes to appearing as a character intended (or specifically not intended) for romance. Featuring actress Vella Lovell and Bay Area native, Filipino-American actor Vincent Rodriguez III from the hit series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Rodriguez and Lovell join other actors and filmmakers (TBA) to discuss the gradually changing landscape for gender roles and what they hope the future holds. Buy Tickets Here.



The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 35 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.