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CAAMFest 2016 

Wednesday, Mar 9 2016

The Center for Asian American Media's annual all-things-media extravaganza CAAMFest is turning 34! (Well done.) This year's 11-day celebration of film, music, food, and digital media from the world's most innovative Asian and Asian-American artists takes place in San Francisco and Oakland — although sadly missing from the venue list is Chinatown's eternally troubled Great Star Theater, which had a good two-year CAAM run. Among the feature highlights is Viet Nguyen's horror-comedy Crush the Skull, in which a band of robbers find themselves trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a serial killer. Also unmissable is Tanuj Chopra's hilarious Grass, in which Broad City-esque besties Jinky (Pia Shah) and Cam (Emily C. Chang) spend a stoned day in the park after helping themselves to a very large bag of weed. Panels of note include director Sanjay Patel discussing the making of his dazzling and deeply personal Pixar short Sanjay's Super Team, which got co-robbed at the Oscars along with World ofTomorrow. Elsewhere, Master of None's co-creator Alan Yang and cast member Alvin Yu will talk about the tribulations of bringing that show to Netflix, and their own experiences in the still-not-getting-it American entertainment industry.

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