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Film Showcase | Thursday, October 12 7pm-10pm | Z Space (Z Below) 470 Florida St. San Francisco, CA  

Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.

ADMISSION: $10 (pre-sale), $12 (door), $20 (supporter), $35 (festival pass)

CURATORS: Diana Li, Hieu Gray, Czarina Garcia, Tina Kashiwagi

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Featured Artist: Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Cyrus is an award winning Iranian-Japanese-American filmmaker based in Oakland, California. His films explore what it means to be American through the intricate complexities of family history and ambiguous identities. Growing up at a dinner table where sushi and kebab met macaroni and cheeseburgers, Cyrus now uses cinema to investigate the diverse and dynamic intricacies of first-generation kaleidoscopic American culture.

 Emily Chao

Emily Chao

 Diana Li

Diana Li

 Hieu Gray

Hieu Gray

 Katelind Ikuma

Katelind Ikuma

 Natasha Weiss

Natasha Weiss

 Evelyn Obamos

Evelyn Obamos

 Anna Eng

Anna Eng

Showcase Artists

Emily Chao is a filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her ongoing series of diverse, short-form nonfiction films focus primarily on identity and diaspora, history and representation, and the interaction between space and memory. She is from San Jose, California and recently earned her MFA in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. She is currently the Program Manager at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Diana Li is an artist who works with tele-nomadic multimedia and experiments with technology as a means to disOrient diasporic transmissions of memory and knowledge. Born and raised in the United States to Chinese-Peruvian parents, she focuses on the intergenerational passage and overloading of information. She served as a fellow under the Asian American Women Artists Association’s Emerging Curators Program in 2016, participated in Kearny Street Workshop's APAture: HERE and recently received her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Hieu Gray is a poet and filmmaker living in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University.  Her digital poetry film series Moving Words Project (movingwordsproject.com) focuses on breaking the boundaries between film and poetry.  In a past life, she was an award-winning senior producer at CNN.

Katelind Ikuma was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawai'i. She went to film school in Hawai'i and San Francisco, creating stories which incorporate both locations, with the goal being to expand the image of Asian Americans in the media.  Right now she is currently trying to get her film out into the world.

Natasha Tamate Weiss is a Japanese and Russian/Romanian Jewish energy worker and multimedia artist born and raised in San Francisco (Ohlone land). She currently resides in Detroit (Anishinaabe land) where she works with Reiki, Taiko drumming, poetry and film to awaken ancestral consciousness. She is a recipient of the Glimmer Train Short Story Award, and her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train Magazine and AK Press' anthology 'Rebellious Mourning (The Collective Work of Grief)'.

Evelyn Obamos identifies as an island-born, city girl who thrives at the intersection of lifelong learning, critical media literacy, and boba runs. Un-classically trained (YouTube), she dabbles in guitar, ukulele, and piano. She also plays tennis for fun and sings karaoke for sport. When she's not working on ways to help Pinterest grow internationally, you can find her shooting videos/photos with Xpretion Media, performing at a local open mic, or traveling for the weekend.

Social documentarian and ethnographer, Anna Eng is a lecturer in Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Asian American/ Ethnic, Women, Gender and LGBTQ Studies. An avid student and scholar of political and social movements, and immigration history, her research explores the history of working class Asian American relations of family, gender and sexuality during the Asian immigration exclusion years.