Earlier this year the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) inaugurated a home-movie archiving and digitizing initiative called Memories to Light. The project explores the rich artistic and cultural possibilities of amateur film by individuals from communities historically underrepresented in mainstream media. For this event, CAAM executive director and film historian Stephen Gong presents a selection of home movies from the many highlights in CAAM’s collection. Expect to see lost landscapes of San Francisco and rituals of family gatherings both touching and surprising. The program also includes a reprise performance and screening of local filmmaker Mark Decena’s The War Inside, a remarkable and intimate reflection on his family’s home movies.
Memories to Light seeks additional donations of 8mm, 16mm and Super 8 film materials to be digitized and shared with a larger community of viewers, storytellers and future generations.
The program opens with an hour of drinks and music by DJ Deeandroid, followed by programs and performances. This event is the culmination of Asian Contemporary Art Week, in concert with the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium.