Program Detail

Festival Forum

300 min

Description

For the past five years, Festival Forum has been SFIAAFF’s largest event, bringing a unique showcase of artists, performers and media makers to the community! Held in San Francisco’s historic Japantown Peace Plaza, this year’s event will feature commemorative programs to mark the one-year anniversary of the March 11 Japanese tsunami and earthquake, in the hopes of continuing to raise awareness of ongoing rebuilding efforts.

FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES!

12:00 PM JAPANTOWN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

2:00 PM BAIYU

2:30 PM YOUTH SPEAKS

3:00 PM DREAMDATE

3:30 PM PAPERDOLL

4:00 PM NON STOP BHANGRA

SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY CINEMA FILM SCREENING

12:00PM TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker compares the devastation
of the Tohoku Earthquake with the simple beauty of the Japanese
cherry blossom. In this Academy Award nominated documentary,
footage from the survivors merges with their expressions of hope,
showing the resilience of people after disaster.

$12 General Admission
$11 Students/Seniors (65+)/Disabled
$10 CAAM Members

JAPANTOWN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

At Festival Forum, join us for a preview of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival featuring traditional Japanese dance and music, a showcase of this year's Cherry Blossom Queen contestants, and more! The 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its 45th year, is one of California's most prominent celebrations of Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 14-15 and April 21-22, 2012 on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets and will feature food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more.

BAIYU is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter and actress, who from a young age has been inspired by the likes of female icons, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She has been featured in Celebuzz, GlobalGrind, TheSource, MTVIggy, SoulTrain.com, and various other blogs and magazines. In 2011 Baiyu donated all profits from her EP, “Fan Fair” towards Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. Her music video for the song "Together" premiered on several international television networks solidifying Baiyu's status as an international pop culture icon.

YOUTH SPEAKS creates safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. Youth Speaks challenges youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change. Believing that young people have the tools to take control of their lives through language, Youth Speaks encourages youth to express themselves using their own vernacular.

DREAMDATE a female indie pop three-piece (from Oakland!) featuring Yea-Ming Chen, Anna Hillburg, and Sonia Hayden, kindles daydreams and crushes with their sweet, lo-fi tunes reminiscent of early 90's garage movements. With unaffected electric guitars, uncluttered drum beats, and smooth female vocals, they capture the spirit and emotion of young adulthood.

PAPERDOLL delivers good old fashioned dance-till-you-drop music to the international dance-rock scene. This energetic four-piece, fronted by charismatic cover girl Teresa Lee, has rocked crowds from Shanghai to New York with an uninhibitedly raw live show and has opened up for OhLand, Mos Def, and Joan Jett. Recorded in their home base of New York, their highly anticipated sophomore album with Meteor-Award winning producer Michael Moloney drops in April 2012. Their music can be heard in Quentin Lee's "White Frog," the opening night film for the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. PaperDoll is Teresa Lee (vocals/keyboard),Patrick Moloney (guitar), Jack Koch (bass), Will Haywood Smith (drums).

NON STOP BHANGRA is a unique experience that celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance. Non Stop Bhangra was founded in 2004 when Dj Jimmy Love teamed up with Dholrhythms founders Vicki Virk & Suman Raj, with the goal of bringing Bhangra to a wider audience. Since then, Non Stop Bhangra has made this traditional style a serious dance floor craze in San Francisco, drawing Bay Area’s most diverse crowds to join in the frenzy. In addition to the monthly event, Non Stop Bhangra continues to raise awareness and share this beautiful energy with the masses.

Screenings

March 10, 2012 12:00 pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
Free

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