San Jose J-Town FilmFest This Weekend


man from renoSAN JOSE — The second annual J-Town FilmFest, a celebration of San Jose Japantown’s multi-ethnic community and rich history, will be held from Friday, May 20, to Sunday, May 21.

An all volunteer-run effort by a diverse team of community members, the festival showcases independent films primarily by Asian and Pacific Islander American filmmakers and offers quality programming, giving the Bay Area community a chance to interact with the creative talents behind these films.


Friday and Saturday — JTS Northside Community Center, 488 N. Sixth St.

Sunday — Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St.; Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. Fifth St.


Friday, May 20

“Awesome Asian Bad Guys” (2015, 60 minutes, comedy), 7 p.m.

“K-Town Cowboys” (2015, 81 minutes, narrative), 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

“Top Spin” (2014, 80 minutes, documentary), 11 a.m.

“Among B-Boys” 1 p.m.

“Right of Passage” (2015, 128 minutes, documentary), 2:30 p.m.

“The Wash” (1988, 94 minutes, drama), 5 p.m.

Filmfest reception, 7:15 p.m.

“Man From Reno” (2015, 111 minutes, psychological thriller), 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

“Digging to Chinatown” (2016, 45 minutes, documentary), 11 a.m., JAMsj

“Hafu” (2013, 90 minutes, documentary), 12:30 p.m., JAMsj

“Exodus From the Jungle” (2015, 25 minutes, documentary); “Right 2 Dream Too” (25 minutes, documentary), 1:30 p.m., Wesley (free)

“Resistance at Tule Lake” (2016, 60 minutes, documentary), 2:30 p.m., JAMsj

For film descriptions and ticket information, go to

HAFU documentary



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