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Center for Asian American Media

aka CAAM   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.caamedia.org

Mission

The mission of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is to present stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM is the leading Asian American media arts organization in the nation and a leading San Francisco arts and culture organization. CAAM accomplishes its mission by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Gong

Main address

145 Ninth Street Ste 350

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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Formerly known as

National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)

EIN

94-2801493

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Media Fund

CAAM provides funding and support for provocative and engaging Asian American film and media projects from independent producers. CAAM awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast. Since 1990, more than $3 million has been granted to over 150 projects. Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Population(s) Served

CAAM presents innovative Asian American works in new forms. Since launching the Digital and Interactive Media program in 2006, CAAM produces and showcases new media projects that educate and engage. CAAM works with new forms of storytelling as an active innovator in the dynamic ecosystem of media creation and distribution.

Population(s) Served

CAAM presents innovative, engaging Asian American works on public television. Since launching the groundbreaking Asian American anthology series “Silk Screen” (1982-1987) on PBS, CAAM continues to bring award-winning works to millions of viewers nationwide. CAAM is one of five minority public broadcasting consortia designated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to provide programming to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Named in honor of CAAM’s founding executive director, the James T. Yee Talent Development Program houses the prestigious CAAM Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program provides funding coupled with a mentorship for first-time or emerging filmmakers. Candidates for this award are selected from CAAM’s Media Fund Open Call applicant pool.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CAAM’s educational distribution catalog includes more than 250 titles, constituting the country’s largest collection of Asian American films and videos for educational distribution. Our award-winning documentaries, personal stories, dramas and experimental works reflect the rich history and diversity of Asian people in the U.S. and global diaspora.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Entering its 41st year, the Center for Asian American Media’s (CAAM) CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, is the largest and most prestigious Asian American film festival in North America. The festival is dedicated to exhibiting Asian American and Asian cinematic works to diverse audiences and offers a large-scale opportunity for the Asian American community to participate in a collective cultural experience in which their peers take the spotlight. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. CAAFest is presented over eleven days every March in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

In 2023, we celebrated a successful return to fully in-person programs at CAAMFest 2023, with more than 11,000 people in attendance. Over 11 days of expanded programming for film, food, and music, CAAMFest presented 55 programs at 15 different venues.

Population(s) Served
Pacific Islanders
Native Hawaiians
Multiracial people
People of Asian descent
People of Middle Eastern descent

Where we work

Financials

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Center for Asian American Media

Board of directors
as of 05/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dipti Ghosh


Board co-chair

Vincent Pan

Chinese for Affirmative Action

David Lei

Philanthropist and Community Leader

Johnnie D Giles

Comcast

Myong Leigh

San Francisco Unifed School District

James Bao

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Christine Chen

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Tessie Guillermo

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Bill Imada

IW Group, Inc.

Philomena King

King & Co. Works of Art

Matt Mui

AT&T

Vincent Pan

Chinese for Affirmative Action

Stephanie Wei

Wells Fargo Securities

Christopher Au

AOL

Dipti Ghosh

Wells Fargo Advisors

Brent Hall

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Hanson Li

Salt Partners Group

Stephen Gong

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Naja Pham Lockwood

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No