CAAMFest Opening Night: TYRUS & Red Carpet Interviews

12 Mar, 2016

Opening Night of CAAMFest 2016, Thursday, March 10th, began with TYRUS director Pamela Tom, the film’s crew, CAAMFest Executive Director Stephen Gong, festival staff like Festival & Exhibitions Director Masashi Niwano and other notable figures, filmmakers and sponsors walking the red carpet at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. We snapped photos of the talented group and even had the unique opportunity to speak with director Pamela Tom, as well as CAAMFest’s Masashi Niwano. The theater was packed to see the Bay Area premiere of Tom’s documentary film, a movie that took over 15 years to make, about the successful and challenging life and career of the legendary motion picture animator 105-year-old Tyrus Wong. Wong was in attendance with his family. The premiere followed with a roaring Opening Night Gala at the Asian Art Museum where filmmakers, staff, sponsors and friends alike feasted, mingled and danced into the night.

Tyrus Wong, the film’s subject, was responsible for the movie artwork in Disney’s famous animated film BAMBI, which will be shown at the Walt Disney Family Museum on March 19th and 20. Get your tickets!

We caught TYRUS director Pamela Tom and Festival & Exhibitions Director Masashi Niwano on the red carpet before the TYRUS screening. Let’s see what they had to say!

Watch our exclusive red carpet interview with TYRUS director Pamela Tom:

Watch Festival & Exhibitions Director Masashi Niwano discuss his excitement for this year’s festival on Opening Night:

Film Festival: CAAMFest 2016
Publication: Dig In Magazine
Interviewer: Cindy Maram
Videographer/Film Editor: Cindy Maram
Featured Photos: Andrea Salles

CAAMFest is supported in part by the following: Xfinity, Asian Art Museum, AT&T DIRECTV, Western Union, AARP, Cooper White & Cooper LLP, Fitness SF, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Pacific Standard Print, Remy Martin, San Francisco Symphony, Umpqua Bank, 1990 Institute, Girl Friday Events, SAG‐AFTRA, University of San Francisco, Consulate General of Canada, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Hotel Tax Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

CAAMFest is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media. CAAMFest, formerly
the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), is a celebration of
film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian
American artists. CAAMFest takes place March 10‐20, 2016 in the Bay Area. San Francisco
venues include: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street; New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street;
Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street; Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street; Gray Area
Foundation for the Arts, 2665 Mission Street; Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street; Slate th
Bar, 2925 16 Street; City College of San Francisco ‐ Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 808 Kearny Street; Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay Street. Oakland venues include: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street; Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street; SomaR Bar, 1727 Telegraph Avenue.

Pricing for all regular screenings: General admission tickets ‐ $14. Tickets for students, seniors (65+) and disabled adults ‐ $13 (Limit 1 per program with ID only). Tickets for Center for Asian American Media members ‐ $12 (Limit 2 per program per membership ID). Pricing excludes special events and galas. Tickets go on sale to CAAM members only on
Thursday, February 11, 2016 (online only) and open to the general public beginning Monday, February 15, 2016 (online only). Tickets can be purchased in‐person at our CAAMFest box office at Alamo Drafthouse starting Thursday, March 3, 2016.

About CAAMFest:
CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), takes place March 10‐20, 2016 in the Bay Area. CAAMFest is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

About CAAM:
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non‐profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit

About the author

Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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