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New Name, New Places, Same Bad Guys 

Wednesday, Mar 5 2014

After 30 years of being known as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Center for Asian American Media's annual all-things-media extravaganza is now entering its second big year under the phonetically pleasing name of CAAMFest. This year's 11-day, Bridge-spanning fest takes place throughout the Bay Area in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, with some venues being the usual festival suspects (the Castro Theatre, the New People Cinema) and others that are not quite so well known (the recently reopened Great Star Theater in S.F.'s Chinatown), but there's plenty of good stuff regardless of what side of the water you're on. Highlights include Anthony Lucero's East Side Sushi, shot in Oakland with a cast entirely from the Bay Area, about a talented Latina chef who encounters resistance to her sushi-making skills due to the fact that she's neither male nor Japanese. Also not to be missed is the world premiere of Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco's action-comedy web series Awesome Asian Bad Guys, described by Epino (perhaps facetiously) as "The Expendables meets Dumb & Dumber," in which older Asian actors whom you might recognize from any of a number of nameless baddie roles team up to take down a mob boss. Be sure to learn their names — they've earned it.

March 13-23, 2014

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