Happy Birthday, SFIAAFF!

February 13, 2007


It's happening March 15-25 in several Bay Area movie theaters. For a full schedule of events, information, news and the film festival's blog, go here. Also, the film schedule will be launching on the website today, so check back later if you don't see it now!

You can also pick up your festival guide at the launch party this Thursday, February 15th at 111 Minna. It's free for members and only $5 for nonmembers. Featuring DJ Pickpocket, DJ VNA and DJ B.Quan.

We here at Hyphen are excited about the festival, as always. It looks to be another great film fest year.

Some quick highlights:

- 120 plus films from more than 20 countries
- Some changes in location - the festival will return to the Sundance (formerly AMC) Kabuki in Japantown next year. New venues include the AMC Van Ness and the Landmark's Opera Cinema Plaza.
- The opening night film is Justin Lin's (Better Luck Tomorrow, Annapolis) return to independent Asian Am filmmaking with Finishing the Game.
- Closing night will be Chen Shi-ZHeng's Dark Matter.
- New program at the festival, Out of the Vaults, which brings back known or little known films from the past, like Flower Drum Song (this year with subtitles and sing-a-long at the Castro), Big Trouble in Little China, Pavement Butterfly
- 12 feature-length narrative films, four of which are premiering at the festival this year
- 8 feature-length documentaries
- Two Directions in Sound events, one with DJ Neil Armstrong
- Several shorts programs, including 3rd I South Asian shorts
- This year's spotlight is on renown filmmaker Spencer Nakasako (AKA Don Bonus, Kelly Loves Tony, Refugee), who deserves much acknowledgement for his unique documentary style and his years of work with South East Asian youth.

And lots of other stuff. What can I say? There should be something for everyone.


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.