Here are highlights of CAAMFest, which runs March 14-24 at various San Francisco and Berkeley venues.
Regular film screenings are $10-$12; a six-movie package, $60. Special event prices vary by event. Purchase tickets and find a complete schedule and more information at www.caamedia.org.
"Linsanity": The Jeremy Lin documentary opens the festival at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco; an opening gala follows at 9:30 at the Asian Art Museum; $30-$35.
"Seeking Asian Female": Bay Area filmmaker Debbie Lum's documentary about "yellow fever" -- white men sexually obsessed with Asian women -- takes a strange twist when she begins filming one such couple.
"Mekong Hotel": The esoteric new film from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, an art house favorite, is a documentary/fiction hybrid that follows a couple's deep conversation in a hotel on the Thailand/Laos border, while a ghost roams in an adjacent room. 4 p.m. Saturday, Berkeley Pacific Film Archive.
"Nice Girls Crew: Season Two": The homegrown Web comedy series from outgoing CAAMFest managing director Christine Kwon, about a trio of spirited women in a book club, is back. The series premieres 8 p.m. Saturday at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco and 8 p.m.
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Directed by Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!"), this film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid about a hotshot Pakistani financial consultant who grows disgusted with America over his treatment after the 9/11 attacks. The film features Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber. Noon Sunday, Castro Theatre, San Francisco.
"Midnight's Children": Deepa Mehta's film is adapted from Salman Rushdie's sweeping 1981 novel about India's transition from British colony to independent country. 6 p.m. Sunday, Castro Theatre.
"Astro Boy: The 60th Anniversary Exhibition": The exhibit/presentation celebrates the anniversary of the animated superhero, said to be the first manga-style cartoon to reach mainstream America, with TV episodes, manga illustrations, video games and "Astro Boy," the film. 7 p.m. March 22; SuperFrog Gallery, San Francisco. The film will also be screened at 5:30 p.m. March 22 at New People Cinema, San Francisco.
"Asian Chops": Filmmaker Grace Lee and members of KQED, the San Francisco PBS TV station, introduce the new cooking show that will debut on PBS this year. 5 p.m. March 23,
Dengue Fever: The Los Angeles band known for its blend of Cambodian pop and Western rock headlines a CAAMFest concert titled "New Directions in Sound" at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop; 9 p.m. March 23, $25-$35 (21 and over show).