The Center for Asian American Media has a mission to bring the stories of Asia and Pacific Islander communities to light. It is introducing four new dynamic titles to its film collection.
Each of the four new films will be released this November. They will each be paired with a related pre-existing title from the CAAM film collection to better illuminate the multifaceted Asian and Asian American experience.
The new film, You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story, directed by Jeff Adachi, explores the pioneering American entertainer named Jack Soo. The film features rare footage and interviews with Soo’s co-stars and friends, including actors George Takei, Nancy Kwan and Max Gail, comedians Steve Landesbergand Gary Austin, and producer Hal Kanter.
The film traces Soo’s early beginnings, his breakthrough roles, and why the former internee who was actually born Goro Suzuki, was forced to change his name in the post WWII era. The Jack Soo Story reveals how Soo’s work laid the groundwork for a new generation of Asian American actors and comedians.
Prior to directing The Jack Soo Story, Adachi wrote, produced and directed The Slanted Screen, a film that has now become a seminal documentary on stereotypical depictions of Asian males in American cinema. The Slanted Screen includes in-depth interviews with actors Mako,Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, comedian Bobby Lee, producer Terence Chang, casting director Heidi Levitt, writer Frank Chin, and directors Gene Cajayon and Eric Byler.
The Slanted Screen and The Jack Soo Story are available as a set for $300. Use code: SSJS at check out for discount on our CAAM Films site. For more information visit http://caamedia.org/ or contact Elizabeth Choi, Distribution Sales Associate, at[email protected].