CAAMFest 2018, Week One

A 15-day celebration of film, food, music, and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian-American artists.

The Center for Asian American Media’s annual all-things-media extravaganza CAAMFest is turning 36 this year, but it doesn’t look a day over 33 and we’re not just saying that. To demonstrate its youthful vitality and stamina the fest has added an additional four days, now presenting a 15-day celebration of film, food, music, and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian-American artists. (We’re sad to report that after participating in 2014, 2015, and 2017, Chinatown’s eternally star-crossed Great Star Theater is not among 2018’s CAAMFest venues, but be sure to wish upon the nearest celestial body that SF Weekly’s favorite theater returns in 2019!)

Things get nice and dark right off the bat on the first Friday with a special showing of the always-traumatizing Bambi at the Walt Disney museum. It’s part of a tribute to the work of Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, whose lush watercolor landscapes inspired by artwork from the Song Dynasty were in turn a direct influence on Walt’s woodland nightmare. And that evening, don’t miss the late-night “Altered States” program of shorts ranging from “sci-fi to horror to what lurks in-between.” Falling into the latter category is Yung-Jae Chen’s mesmerizing, largely wordless Runner, which follows a woman who reckons with her past while training for a life-or-death run.

Opens Thursday at the Castro Theatre, New People Cinema, the Asian Art Museum, the AMC Dine-In Kabuki, the Roxie, and the Walt Disney Family Museum.

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