San Jose J-Town FilmFest has announced the twelve films that will be screened on Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22, 2016. This festival is executive produced by Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) in partnership with J-Town Community TV, Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI). Each screening will include a post-show program that will feature filmmakers, cast members or other special guests.
A special highlight will be the showing of “The Wash” and recognition of its screenwriter Philip Gotanda. The renowned playwright has brought diverse and important images of Asian Americans to the forefront with a long list of plays, films and writings. Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) will honor his achievements with their first ever IMAGE HERO Award. The screening of “The Wash,” filmed in San Jose’s Japantown in 1988, will be followed by a reception.
Friday and Saturday offerings will be at the Northside Community Center, 488 N. 6th Street, San Jose, while Sunday’s films will be shown at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. 5th Street, and Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th Street.
Films and times are:
Friday: Awesome Asian Bad Guys – 7:00 pm, K-Town Cowboys – 9:00 pm.
Saturday: Top Spin – 11:00 am, Among B-Boys – 1:00 pm, Right of Passage – 2:30 pm, The Wash – 5:00 pm, Man From Reno – 8:30 pm.
Sunday at JAMsj: Digging to Chinatown – 11:00 am, Hafu, 12:30 pm, Resistance at Tule Lake – 2:00 pm.
Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church: Exodus from the Jungle plus Right 2 Dream Too – 1:30 pm