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SFIAAFF San Jose Opening Night|Gala and Film Festival

San Jose Opening Night/Gala and Film Festival (click here for images)

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) is the largest Asian American Film Venue in the country. The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) played host for it in San Francisco and this year CAAM celebrates it’s 30th year as an established Asian American organization.

The San Jose opening night feature film, Au Revoir Taipei, written and directed by Arvin Chen, kicked off the film festivities for the festival at the Camera 12 Cinemas. The cast and crew that were present at the screening were filmmaker Arvin Chen, producers In-Ah Lee and Philipp Steffens, behind the scenes videographer John Wu, and actor Lawrence Ko.

The film was a comedic creative piece about a guy who falls in love for this girl that works in a bookstore, the cat and mouse adventures of wannabe gangsters led on by their boss, and the food, scenes, and other sights around the city of Taipei.

After the San Jose opening night film guests walked over to the former San Jose Museum of Modern Art, now just called the San Jose Museum of Art. Filmmakers, actors, and guests came to celebrate the night away with drinks, snacks, music, mingling, dancing, and a stroll through the galleries.

The festival lasted throughout the weekend with screenings on Saturday and Sunday. Many made the festival in San Francisco and San Jose a great success. Next year plan on supporting Asian American media and watch a screening of some amazing pieces. Until next year’s festival, keep posted for other events that the Center for Asian American Media put on throughout the year. More information can be found on their website at www.asianamericanmedia.org

Pictures of the holiday party can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If this post was informative and helpful, please feel free to leave me a comment or donation below. Thank you.

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San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) Closing Night

SFIAAFF Closing Night 2010 (click here for images)

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) is the largest Asian American Film Venue in the country. The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) played host for it in San Francisco and this year CAAM celebrates it’s 30th year as an established Asian American organization.

The closing night feature film, Au Revoir Taipei, written and directed by Arvin Chen, ended the film festivities for the festival. The cast and crew that were present at the screening were filmmaker Arvin Chen, producers In-Ah Lee and Philipp Steffens, co-producer Michelle Cho, editor Justin Guerrieri, cinematographer Michael Fimognari, and actor Lawrence Ko.

The film was a comedic creative piece about a guy who falls in love for this girl that works in a bookstore, the cat and mouse adventures of wannabe gangsters led on by their boss, and the food, scenes, and other sights around the city of Taipei.

Prior to the screening of Au Revoir Taipei, special awards went out to:

Narrative Competition Best Narrative Feature: DEAR LEMON LIMA, Dir. Suzi Yoonessi

Special Jury Award: THE MOUNTAIN THIEF, Dir. Gerry Balasta

Jury Recognition for Visual Achievement: FOG, Dir. Kit Hui

Best Documentary Feature: WO AI NI MOMMY, Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Following the film guests moved on over to Temple Nightclub to end the festivities here in San Francisco. Filmmakers, actors, and guests came to celebrate the night away with drinks, music, mingling, and dancing.

Pictures of the closing night can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If this post was informative and helpful, please feel free to leave me a comment or donation below. Thank you.