I feel like many Throwback Thursday photos will be solo shots of me in some kind of dorky pose.
This is me a little over a year ago at the Opening Night red carpet of the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival AKA what I did with my time right before baseball season last year. Well, not all of it—just Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I started volunteering for the film festival in 2010 and always on the search for new opportunities to build my resume and better myself, I was excited to apply and be accepted for an internship with SFIAAFF and CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) for the 2012 festival. I was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades as a Publicity Intern—though a lot of it was blurred with all the time I spent duplicating DVD screeners to distribute to press. I really did do plenty of cool things though, like rub shoulders with fellow bloggers and media professionals, escort Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. to his ride after the White Frog premiere (Where this photo was taken – White Frog was the opening night film), and send friendly little email notes to filmmakers. It was a position that allowed me to take charge as well as be a good teammate. Knowing that my contributions are recognized and knowing that all kinds of people with their different backgrounds and strengths can all collaborate in a team effort are two things that are important to me in a career-related pursuit. Being a part of the CAAM Fam (As we like to call it) was fulfilling in those senses. Of course, as a lover of film, it was a dream internship to be involved in the behind-the-scenes aspect of a film festival. Even more, it made me so much more appreciative of being a part of the Asian American community and seeing the talent and the stories we can share with others.
When I wasn’t running in between theaters to grab supplies before and after screenings or greeting people at the front door at social events, I was watching films and actively being in that party atmosphere. However, my actual festival tenure was cut a little bit short, as I caught the flu and could not work for a couple of days, including the premiere of the much-anticipated Jake Shimabukuro Documentary. I was very bummed about that, but I enjoyed every minute of the time I did have during the festival and for the rest of my internship.
I wouldn’t have met, gotten to know, and reunited with so many wonderful folks if it wasn’t for my involvement with SFIAAFF and CAAM last year, and the networking opportunities wouldn’t have led me back to them this year as a member of the Screening Committee and a program note contributor. Now I get to enjoy the festival with its new name CAAMFest and be just a little bit more relaxed about it. Hopefully the flu won’t make me miss any screenings and events I absolutely need to check out this time.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly recommend checking out CAAMFest. From March 14 to 24, you can see an incredible selection of films from Asian and Asian American talent, live music from up-and-coming artists, watch some panels, participate in salons and workshops, and just party hearty! It’s going to be pretty huge this year. I’m stoked and you should be too.