Frameline Festival is coming to San Francisco from June 19-29! To gear up for the world’s largest LGBT film festival, we’re excited to give CAAMers an opportunity to watch an exclusive look at Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy! The film captures the award-winning, sold-out comedy performance from Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), while also showing a touching profile of his life and story.
Win a pair of free tickets to Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy by entering our contest! The rules are simple. To enter, you must “like” the CAAMedia Facebook page and post a response to our contest question. The contest will end on June 16, 10 am. Winners will be announced June 17. Good luck!
Contest Guidelines: 1. Like our CAAMedia Facebook page. 2. Post a response to our contest question. 3. Stay tuned! Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 17 at 10 am.
Contest Prize: A pair of tickets Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy (2013, 78 min). Sunday, June 22, 6:30 pm. Victoria Theater (2961 16th St)., San Francisco.
Have you ever had to deal with any direct or indirect racism in the industry?
When I was working at Channel One, Rolling Stone magazine had this “hot” issue. They named like “hot hamburger,” “hot actor,” “hot designer” and they had a category called “hot reporter.” And one year, they named me as their “hot reporter.” I was like 19 or 20 years old. While I was at Channel One, someone cut that photo of me out of the magazine and drew slanted eyes on it and put it in my mailbox. And it was one of the most horrifying experiences that I’ve ever had because I walked out of that mail room and everyone looked guilty to me. And it was so hurtful because up until then, these people were my family. I was traveling to war zones with some of these people, and spending more time in my office than I would spend anywhere else.
Over the next few months, Hulu Plus will be offering free, digitally re-mastered episodes of Sailor Moon. This is the first time Sailor Moon will have a complete airing for a U.S. audience since its initial adaption on American television in the ’90s. It was originally produced for an English-speaking audience, airing on Fox Kids, YTV, TV2, and Cartoon Network. The show helped launch anime as a global phenomenon, particularly for a female audience. The difference now, however, is that these are fully uncensored episodes (more on this later), including Season 5: Sailor Starlights, previously unreleased in North America. For loyal fans and new viewers alike, the internet has been buzzing with the chance to watch Sailor Moon’s lunar romances and intergalactic adventures again.
Over the years, Sailor Moon has launched a contentious conversation on race, gender and sexuality. Usagi’s (the main character) shortcomings and courage help make Sailor Moon an nuanced conversation around emotional and physical strength, as well as feminism.
Sailor Uranus clarifies in one episode that she is a woman. “I don’t recall ever saying that I was a guy.”
Among dedicated viewers and fans, Sailor Moon is famous for its representations of queerness, sexuality and challenging gender norms. However, during its first airing in the U.S., the show was censored to take out queer representations. SailorStars is assumed to have been cut because it depicted gender-shifting. For example, in the original show, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus are enamored lesbian lovers. When aired in the U.S., they were recast as cousins.
This year’s Directions in Sound events are a true feast for the ears. Our Here Comes Treble showcase on Saturday, March 22 celebrates achievements by leading female performers, including local favorites journalist-turned-emcee Rocky Rivera, and singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin. Also featuring sets by DJ Umami, DJ ThatGirl, DJ Roza and DJ Chauee. Don’t miss this must-see event!
This year, CAAMFest is bringing back Directions in Sound for two nights!
Hosted by Kero One, our Korean Showcase on Thursday, March 20 will feature talent coming straight to us from the SXSW Music Festival, including the synth-pop ’80s dance beats of Glen Check, the groovy sounds of Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio, and the infectious hybrid electronic pop of Love X Stereo. Also adding to the musical mix is “avant-indie” group SmackSoft and funky disco house trio, Idiotape.
American Broadway meets China’s larger-than-life theatrical dream in The Road to Fame, as young students from China’s highly-esteemed Central Academy of Drama are given their senior year finals: to be cast and to perform in Fame. Director Hao Wu addresses the universal persistent and uncomfortable questions of youth, while also addressing the realities of the first generation affected by China’s one-child policy.
American Arab takes a gritty, lucid look at the realities of Arab and Muslim American communities in the United States. Iraqi-American director Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs, 2006), doesn’t shy away from confronting difficult questions around violence, hate crimes, and experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Alshaibi’s counter-narratives don’t rely on trying to prove a capacity for assimilation into America. Instead, he chooses to face this deep racism by detailing different, complex and nuanced stories of Arab Americans as individuals, and asking bold questions around citizenship, home, and belonging. American Arab is visually captivating and playful, using experimental tones to take on an otherwise heavy subject.