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February 16, 2006

Get a sneak peek of this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) and pick up the much-coveted festival guidebook (I'm a geek, okay? I've already got mine marked up). Hyphen's an official media sponsor, so you'll likely bump into one or two or three or four (okay, I'll stop) of us tonight and throughout the screenings.

A whopping 126 feature-length and short films will be shown March 16-26. Opening night features Eric Byler's Americanese and the festival closes with Ham Tran's Journey from the Fall. Slotted in between are plenty of exciting films and programs.

This year's spotlight honor is on the very handsome James Shigeta. I've only seen him in the Flower Drum Song, which I watched in my Asian Am film/video class a decade ago. Anyone seen his other films? (Tamlyn Tomita also deserves some sort of prize; she's in four of the films this year).

Not be missed (in my humble opinion) is the "Is Charlie Chan Dead? Asian American Men On Screen" panel, which includes a screening of The Slanted Screen, dir. Jeff Adachi (yes, as in SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi! Who knew?).

A film I'm most excited to see is Punching at the Sun, dir. Tanuj Chopra, about a NYC South Asian teen's experiences after 9/11.

There's a lot more that I've marked on my calendar already. Which ones pique your interest? How many are you planning on seeing this year? (Who are the true film fest nerds out there?)!

9:00 pm to midnight
111 Minna Gallery
$5 / free for Asian American Media members / 21+


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



92.7? that station is still around? I'll have to bring my whistle
hey everyone, my name is brian tang and work for oakland unified school district. for people who aren't aware, just wanted to give you all the heads up as well as a plug to a film that will premiere during next month's asian american film festival in the city. the film is called "kieu" and it's co-written by my wonderful supervisor, ms jackie vu. the film soudns very interesting and you should definitely go check it out. the showing starts at 5pm on sunday the 19 at the kabuki. i'm trying to get the word out so that this film as well and the entire festival in general gets the support that they deserve. please support our local artist
See you there!
Brian: cool, Kieu is definitely at the top of my list as a film I want to check out!!
Hey everyone,If you're interested in talking more about Asian American film, discussing the upcoming films, and connecting with others, check out our tribe:, if you want to promote specific films at the Festival, check out the new tool from MANJA: you at the Festival!Joyce