The Center for Asian American Media’s 36th annual all-things-media extravaganza CAAMFest doesn’t miss a beat in its second week. It kicks off in super-style with Harleen Singh’s documentary Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes, which reckons with the continued dominance of the white male in superhero comics and other media. Drawn Together features interviews with Super Sikh creator Eileen Kaur Alden, Vishvajit Singh of Sikhtoons, and K-Chronicles artist and all-around local treasure Keith Knight. Not to be confused with the hilarious Netflix cooking show Nailed It!, Adele Free Pham’s documentary Nailed It looks at how a few dozen Vietnamese refugee women in the 1970s built the now-ubiquitous nail salon, thanks in part to the philanthropic work of actress Tippi Hedren. (For more about Hedren’s truly eventful 1970s, track down Roar.)
Returning from last year is Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s The Chinese Exclusion Act, about the 1882 law which curbed immigration and prevented Chinese people from becoming citizens, a film which unfortunately becomes more terribly relevant with every passing day. And an unmissable Centerpiece film is Kulap Vilaysack’s documentary Origin Story, in which comedian, podcaster, and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ creator Vilaysack sets out to discover the biological father she’d never met, as well as to try to find some degree of rapprochement with her troubled mother.
Now playing at the Castro Theatre, the New People Cinema, the Asian Art Museum, the AMC Dine-In Kabuki, and the Roxie.