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Wednesday, Feb 29 2012
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival doesn’t mess around when it comes to opening-night parties. After the world premiere of White Frog, travel by Zipcar to the Asian Art Museum for food and music amid the exhibit on India’s Maharajas, while trying to catch sight of some of the actors from the movie. Even without the food and drink, the music and the movie stars, there’s something thrillingly decadent about being in a museum at night. As for the film itself (7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre), it has some serious star power. Among the actors are S.F. resident Joan Chen (Twin Peaks, The Last Emperor) and B.D. Wong (Law and Order); they play the parents of a child with Asperger syndrome (and Chen is being honored at this year’s festival). There’s also Booboo Stewart, known for showing off his abs as Seth Clearwater in the massively successful Twilight movies. In the role of his older brother is Harry Shum Jr. of Glee. Director Quentin Lee has been at the festival before with The People I’ve Slept With and Flow. Other standout films include the Jake Shimabukuro Documentary (March 14 at the Castro) about the ukulele master who played with artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Cyndi Lauper. The screening includes a performance by Shimabukuro, so this is a must for ukulele fans.
March 8-18, 2012

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