May 10, 2024

Filming with Family | Beyond Resilience x CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit 2024

Firelight Media is proud to co-present the opening panel at the 2024 CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit, Filming with Family, featuring Documentary Lab alum Jude Chehab (Director, Q), Vicky Du (Director, Light of the Setting Sun), and Kenji Tsukamoto (Director, Ashima), moderated by Livia Huang (Associate Producer, POV). The panel will take place at 10am PT on Friday, May 10, 2024 at CAAMFest's Filmmaker Summit, Four One Nine, 419 10th Street, San Francisco CA, 94103. Learn more.

Note: This event will take place live, in person at CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit in San Francisco. It will not be livestreamed, but a recording will be made available on YouTube.

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How do storytellers approach familial relationships across generations and geographies to create a narrative that’s true to the trauma and the love within? What does it take to face these relationships, those that nurture and cause harm? Join three filmmakers who have bravely made films about family, and hear their stories about how the journey can be both treacherous and rewarding.


About CAAMFest

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) presents CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) in May, the world’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian film, food and music programs, annually presenting over 100 works in San Francisco and Oakland. Since 1982, our film festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.


Participant Bios:

Jude Chehab is a Lebanese-American filmmaker based between New York and Beirut. Her cinematic interests have drawn Jude to the exploration of the esoteric, the spiritual, and the unspoken. A richly layered visual and intimate personal shooting style, developed under the mentorship of Abbas Kiarostami’s final student group; Jude has been credited in collaborations with the BBC, Refinery29, Oxfam GB, and Doctors Without Borders. Jude is the director of the acclaimed documentary Q, the centerpiece documentary for CAAMFest 2024.

Vicky Du is a queer, Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in Berlin. Her short film GAYSIANS (Frameline, ’16) screened at 35+ film festivals around the world, had a public television broadcast on KQED, and was distributed to 1000+ middle and high school LGBTQ student groups. She directed and produced the Beijing episode of the nationally broadcast series ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (PBS, '20), and she was the Associate Producer of FREE SOLO (Oscar Winner, '19). Vicky has directed, produced and edited digital and broadcast short films for National Geographic, New York Times, History Channel, and The New Yorker. Her feature documentary Light of the Setting Sun, featured at CAAMFest 2024, centers on her confrontation with her family’s silence around the cycles of violence that have persisted since the Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949.

Kenji Tsukamoto is the director of Ashima, featured at CAAMFest 2024. He is also known for his work on Beehive Stories: Millard County (2011)and Dr. Fubalous (2012).

Livia Huang is a filmmaker from Baltimore, currently based in New York. She has received grants from Rooftop Films, NewFest, and Flies Collective, and her short films have screened at Berlinale, IFFR, New Directors/New Films and more. She holds a MFA from Brooklyn College and a BA from Columbia University, and works as an associate producer at the documentary series POV on PBS.

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