CAAMFest 2014 will feature a dozen films with their festival world or North American premieres at the festival. Among these includes Awesome Asian Bad Guys, a comedy directed by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick of the National Film Society. Flat3, directed by Roseanne Liang, is a web series about three Asian American women sharing the same flat in Auckland, New Zealand.
Across the Pacific Ocean, we have Family Ingredients, a documentary by Ty Sanga featuring famed Hawaiian chefs Alan Wong and Ed Kenney. Hula: Merrie Monarch’s Golden Celebration, directed by Roland Yamamoto, takes a deeper look at the rich history of hula. Stories From Tohoku documents the ongoing survival, struggle and perseverance after the Japanese tsunami and nuclear crisis in 2011, and the connection between Japanese Americans and Japan, including Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in the relief effort. Jeepney, about the ubiquitous and colorful mode of transportation in the Philippines is a documentary by Esy Casey.
North American premieres of films from Asia include Beautiful 2013, a quartet of short films from prominent directors from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The festival’s Opening Night film is the Vietnamese blockbuster comedy How to Fight In Six Inch Heels directed Ham Tran and starring Kathy Uyen. Cambodian Son, directed by Masahiro Sugano, focuses on Kosal Khiev, an emerging and talented poet who was a refugee baby from Cambodia but who has been exiled in Cambodia as a “criminal alien.” Thailand’s No. 1 box office hit Pee Mak makes its debut in the US. Based on the legendary ghost story of Mae Nak, Pee Mak is a smart cultural comedy that is bound to please. Jazz in Love by Baby Ruth Villarma is a love story from the Philippines about transnational love, touching on the issue of same sex relationships, immigration and more.