Tag Archives: SFIAAFF

3/15/12 SFIAAFF, Micropixie, and Jeremy Lin(sanity)!

This past week, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival coalesced the community through the moving image. Robynn Takayama offers a short commentary about what the festival means to her. (Check out APEX Express collective member R.J. Lozada’s film, Among B-Boys)

The festival continues through this weekend and there’s a film you’ve got to catch. It’s called In the Family and Robynn also brings us an interview with Patrick Wang, the film’s director.

We also have an interview by Preeti Shekar with Micropixie aka MPX who performed at the festival’s DIRECTIONS IN SOUND club night.

Finally, the Shaolin B-Boy talks to his dad and cousin about a basketball-based disease that hit the nation in February and has a special effect on Asian Americans. They call it, Linsanity!

Community Calendar

  • Are you a green card holder interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? As a U.S. citizen, you can live in the United States and can travel outside the United States without worrying about being deported or being denied entry, and can more quickly and easily be reunited with family overseas. Citizens also gain the right to vote, to serve on a jury, to apply for government jobs and certain government benefits. East Bay Naturalization Collaborative is holding a free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, March 17 at Chabot Community College in Hayward.  Attorneys will be available to help eligible immigrants fill out the application for U.S. citizenship, answer questions and provide resources for you.  All participants must register in advance. For more information and to register, please call Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) at 510-251-2846.
  • The Balboa Theater in San Francisco hosts the Bengali Film Festival from March 16-20. Featuring contemporary and classic Bengali-language films, the festival will also spotlight Nagmoti — a film from the early 1980s by the now legendary musician, ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Gautam Chattopadhyay.
  • In the Family screens on Saturday, March 17 at 8 pm at the Pacific Film Archive Theater.
  • On Tuesday, March 20, Movie Night at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center brings us Thai film, Tears of the Black Tiger. According to IMDB, “With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.”

2/23/12 SFIAAFF features

We’re offering a pair of tickets to Front Line and Ninja Kids as a thank you gift to KPFA subscribers on a film focused edition of APEX Express.

Selekta LapuLapu and producers from KPFA API SPECIALS and “ROOTS KOMMUNIKATIONS” combine forces to bring you coverage of a selection of films from the upcoming San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, including Tibet in Song, Papa Mau: The Way Finder, and more.

2/16/12 SFIAAFF Coverage and Live Band, Good Night Robot

We kick off our coverage of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and feature an in-studio performance by Good Night Robot!

Briar March’s award-winning documentary, There Once Was an Island, places a human face on the devastating effects of climate change. Donors to KPFA can receive the beautifully shot DVD and tickets to the SFIAAFF screening of Ninja Kids at the Castro Theater on Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m.

We’re also excited to host a live performance by Good Night Robot, one of the acts performing in POST(al) Valentine, a music show benefiting Bindlestiff Studio in their new space!

Community Calendar

Tree City Legends, a multidisciplinary theater work that melds post-hip hop aesthetics, urban folklore, Korean traditional tales, live music, legend, and parable, opens this week at Intersection for the Arts.
8 p.m., February 16 – March 3, 2012
Tickets: $20-$25, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/221342
Location: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Dream Day, at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center,  pays tribute to the hip hop and graffiti pioneer with a commemoration and panel discussion event. Join in the live creation of a Dream altar. Share your thoughts and memories about Dream and your experiences with graffiti then and now.
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2-6 p.m.
Location: 868 Kearny Street

POST(al) VALENTINE: A Benefit Music show for Bindlestiff Studio features Good Night Robot, Golda + the Guns, The Savages with Special Guest
Saturday, February 18 Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Only $10 All Ages Shows
Location: 185 Sixth Street at Howard Street

Bay Area Day of Remembrance: Carrying the Light for Justice: 70 years since EO9066, this year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Gordon Hirabayashi.
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2-4 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Location: Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco

3/10/11 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

It’s March, and you know what that means! March madness, Asian American-style! That’s right, it’s time for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Now in it’s 29th year, this film festival also welcomes a new director, Masashi Niwano. We’ll hear from him and other festival staff who are bringing many new offerings to San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose this year.

We’ll share our Apex Festival picks;  you’ll hear a youth perspective on the Festival from our correspondent, KK Aoki Izu; and you’ll hear a premiere of “Pretty Lucky,” a song by local composer Jack Tung. He’ll be performing the song live at the Festival in a program called Suite Suite Chinatown.


Jane Chang: Resident Aliens
R.J. Lozada: Taqwacores
Robynn Takayama: One Voice


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can catch Philip Gotanda’s new play, “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” a journey through the incredible lives of Chang and Eng Bunker – the original Siamese Twins. Tickets are $10-15 and it takes place at Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley campus.

Saturday is the Annual Burma Human Rights Day Benefit from 6- 10 pm at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall. $15 gets you a vegetarian-friendly dinner, a short film and dynamic speakers.

Next week on Wednesday is the Free Rapa Nui Day of Action. Demonstrate against the Chilean government’s illegal occupation and evictions of the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui from their ancestral homelands. The rally is from 9 to noon outside of the Chilean Consulate General’s office at 870 Market Street.

Apex is calling on you! Do you want to be part of a dynamic team of reporters, activists, and DJs? Join our crew. We’re also looking for independent Asian American musicians to share your tunes with us. Give us your beats, your demos, your experimentations. Email us at apex@kpfa.org