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From The Asian Reporter, V30, #06 (May 4, 2020), page 11.
Center for Asian American Media presents free "Heritage at Home" events
During these times when so many people are sheltering in place, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has re-imagined its annual CAAMFest as a virtual experience. From May 13 to 22, CAAM is presenting "Heritage at Home," an online alternative in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.
"Heritage at Home" will feature more than 20 digital events — film screenings, interactive panels, watch parties, and house parties with live performances — all free of charge.
The Asian-American community has been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the response from members of the community has been urgent and inspiring — whether it is working on the frontlines, raising awareness about anti-Asian discrimination, or bringing creative solutions to the breakdown in social services across the country.
CAAM feels it is more important than ever to take a moment to listen to and amplify the diverse voices and experiences of Asian Americans. The organization is proud to continue its 40-year tradition of cultivating community through storytelling, particularly during these uncertain times.
"While we’re disappointed that we can’t gather in person this May, CAAM is hoping to nurture the same sense of community and connection, bringing together viewers, media makers, and advocates together through our slate of virtual programs," said festival director Masashi Niwano.
Among the many scheduled festival events are:
May 13: I Will Make You Mine by writer/director Lynn Chen (opening night film followed by a house party with a live performance by Goh Nakamura)
May 14 & 15: "Filmmaker Summit: Work From Home Edition" (panel discussions, workshops, and more)
May 19: Filipina-American rapper, music producer, and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra (spotlight event followed by an artist talk)
May 20: Filmmaker Alice Wu in discussion with CAAMFest director Masashi Niwano (spotlight event followed by a watch party)
May 21: "Cookie Time! With Jasmine Cho" (cookie-decorating demonstration)
May 22: Fruit Fly by H.P. Mendoza (closing night film followed by a house party with an interactive sing-a-long and special reunion)
To participate in CAAM’s "Heritage at Home", or to obtain a full schedule, visit <www.CAAMFest.com>.
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