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Caamfest

When Man-Boys Are Forced to Grow Up

George Heymont | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Many men exhibit symptoms of the Peter Pan syndrome, hoping that somehow they won't ever have to grow up. If they can cling to the vision of Neverland that's in their minds, maybe they won't have to leave the video arcade, go to college, or get a job.

Cartoons, Chaos and Commedia, Oh My!

George Heymont | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The mind works in mysterious ways. During one week I had some bizarre experiences in dreamland that covered sights and sounds quite different from past adventures.

Short Takes

George Heymont | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one chooses to think of them as the dramatic equivalent of dim sum, the theatrical version of tapas, or the documentary field's offering of donut holes, short plays and films have a dynamic all their own.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

George Heymont | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others.

A Touch of Aloha, A Pinch of Japan

George Heymont | Posted 07.06.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Most film festivals feature a selection of documentaries (some festivals are devoted entirely to documentary film). What I have always loved about San Francisco's Asian-American International Film Festival (CAAMFest 2014) is its inclusion of documentaries that focus on Hawaiian culture.

Caught in a Chaotic Cultural Ethos

George Heymont | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

No matter what hot button one chooses to examine, the ability to view a situation with the clinical objectivity made possible by the passage of time can offer a sharpened sense of clarity and reason.

Family Ties

George Heymont | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The bonds of family are extremely strong in most Asian-American households. So it should be no surprise that many short films screened during 2013's CAAMFest offer unique perspectives on family relations. Three shorts stand out among this year's crop.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

George Heymont | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

It's no secret that some people respond to power as they would to an aphrodisiac. Whether they prefer to wield power over others or submit to it on co...

City Mouse, Country Mouse

George Heymont | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two documentaries screened during the 2013 CAAMFest did a surprisingly thorough job of showing how, despite its rapid urbanization, China is filled with people whose challenges are embodied by the age-old tale of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.

Revelations

George Heymont | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

San Francisco's recent CAAMFest included some fascinating shorts which reveal what happens as age and experience burst the bubble of a young man's happiness and naivete.