Films

castro-theater-caam The Castro Theater is by far one of my favorite places to watch a movie—especially when their organ player pumps out lively show tunes before the curtains open, as he did last night for CAAMFest’s opening night. The festival, focusing on Asian American storytelling, opened with Seoul Searching by director Benson Lee. The film, which recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, is based on Benson’s “best summer of his life” in 1986. A teen at the time, his parents sent him to a South Korea-sponsored summer camp that pulled high-schoolers of Korean descent from around the world for a crash course in their Korean heritage. CAAM-Seoul-Searching-Poster Initially, Nancy and I were skeptical about a film packaged as “the Asian Breakfast Club.” But the movie had so much heart, motivated by the director’s intention to share his experience and explore the complications that comes with forming identity, that we were instantly won over. We were doubled over in laughter (largely because of Esteban Ahn’s comic performance) and in tears at melodramatic moments. CAAM-seoul-searching And definitely a hit throughout: the 1980s costumes and music. As a kid that grew up in that decade, the entire film was laced in nostalgia. Even better, when the credits rolled, we were pleased to discover that Shirley Kurata was the film’s costume designer. (If you recall, she was the focus of our “Conversation” feature in Issue No. 13, “The Sartorial Issue”—you can see a snippet of the spread below).

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CAAMFest in San Francisco continues through March 22. These are some of the films/events we’ve got on our list:

Margarita, With A Straw Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested. Shonali Bose’s (AMU) deeply personal film dazzles with moments of quiet self-discovery and first love, unbound by ability and difference.

Flipside (Shorts) Bold and eye-opening, this mosaic of films takes you to the “Flipside.” These films powerfully illustrate unconventional perspectives, illuminating life’s complexities for all its joy and grief. Created with surprising empathy, these directors assure you that many things, and people, are more than what they seem.

Lucky Chow CAAM co-produced PBS series Lucky Chow follows Luckyrice culinary festival founder Danielle Chang as she travels across America, exploring the Asian food landscape. Featuring many of the country’s most renowned chefs and culinary stars such as Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, YouTube sensation Maangchi, and Bay Area favorite Ramen Shop.

Supper Club Get ready to eat, drink, and be inspired by all things gourmet and culinary! Follow “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung as he visits the Bay Area’s most exciting restaurants and speaks to renowned chefs, including Michael Mina and Corey Lee, about ingredients, craft, and personal vision in the restaurant industry. {Castro Theater and CAAM poster photographs by Nancy Cho; Shirley Kurata photographs by Juco}

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Steller Stories

by Alexis on March 26, 2014

We’re obviously big fans of printed goods at Anthology, but that doesn’t mean we don’t also love good digital design. Especially with the advent of digital cameras, we’ve all got pictures and videos that sit tucked in folders on our computers and phones and never turn into anything greater. And while there are lots of services for creating beautiful printed albums from your digital snapshots, we’ve fallen in love with the digital storytelling app Steller.

Steller allows you to put together a digital story using photos, videos, and text. Think of them as modern scrapbooks you can share with friends and families—and also keep as a record for yourself. With a few minutes of effort, you can create a beautiful, special memento from the photos, videos, and memories that might otherwise have stayed hidden away and forgotten.

{ Images from Steller’s Instagram feed }

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CraftsFolk: Juniper Ridge

by Alexis on March 6, 2014

For one of my favorite stories in Issue No. 14, “Call of the Wild,” we followed the Juniper Ridge crew on a harvesting expedition into the forests of California. In this last look behind the scenes—a few weeks ago we shared outtakes that didn’t make it into the magazine—today we’re sharing this short film shot by Thayer Allyson Gowdy while she traveled along with the folks from Juniper Ridge. I love that you really get to see some of their processes in action here. You can catch glimpses of their stills running and enfleurage, or the process of infusing fat with the fragrances from flowers for later use in finished products. It’s like a mad scientist’s laboratory, but set in the middle of the redwoods.

{Film edited by Maren Patton, directed by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

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Readers of our blog as well as our print magazine are probably well aware of our fondness for Etsy. Whether we’re sourcing goods for the pages of our Market Report or looking for artists to feature online, it’s one of our go-to sites. And for good reason! We love supporting great independent makers and helping to spread the word about their work.

So, of course, when Etsy invited us to curate a page, we jumped at the chance. The Anthology team has rounded up some of its favorite Etsy wares—all in one convenient place. And since the holidays will be here before we know it, we’re launching our Etsy Page with a trio of gift guides (for her, him, and the kiddos), as well as a handful of other lists (for example, one geared toward home decor and another focused on prints we love). Be sure to check in often because we’re constantly adding new things over there!

P.S. We’ve got a few pieces from PateWoodworks in our product picks, and wanted to share this Etsy video that provides a look at A. Pate’s process.

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Issue No. 13 Trailer

by Anh-Minh on October 31, 2013

Anthology Issue No. 13, The Sartorial Issue (Cover)
It seems like almost every time I mention to someone—a stockist, a contributor, a friend—that we’re releasing Issue No. 13 now, the reaction is something along the lines of: “THIRTEEN!?!?!”

Yes, Anthology is now officially a teenager.

Over the past three years, we’ve learned a lot and strived to make improvements to the magazine (in its print pages and behind the scenes). But one thing that’s remained a constant: the trailers we put together to mark the release of an issue. I hope you enjoy the one for Issue No. 13, our sartorial-themed issue.

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