Director and actress Joan Chen is the Festival Spotlight Honoree at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, with three of her films showcased. The Festival is recognizing Chen because of her “indelible contribution to the Asian American experience through film.” Chen’s latest film, White Frog by Quentin Lee, received its world premiere on opening night, March 8, in which she and B.D. Wong play the less than perfect parents of a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome who rises above a family tragedy.
Chen’s directorial debut film was Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl, about the Cultural Revolution (1998) and featured March 9. A reunion of the cast of Saving Face (2004), a romantic comedy starring Chen and directed by Alice Wu, was on March 12.