Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Film Screenings

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Motel


An underappreciated gem that premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, The Motel is the heartwarming story of an Asian American boy coming of age.

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at an hourly-rate suburban motel. Alienated from his family, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a troubled yet charismatic Korean man who checks in to the motel and teaches the fatherless boy the rites of manhood. This film is unrated.

This special 10th Anniversary screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Kang (director/writer), Sung Kang (actor), Samantha Futerman (actor), Miguel Arteta (producer), and Gina Kwon (producer). There will be a cash bar reception at Far Bar after the program.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
4:00 PM

Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Reception—Off the Menu: Asian America


Off the Menu: Asian America, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee, takes viewers on a road trip across the United States in an exploration of how family, history, faith, and geography shape people’s relationships to food and their communities. Lee travels from Houston, Texas, to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to Oahu, Hawaii, seeking stories that reflect an evolving Asian Pacific America and the role food plays in peoples’ lives.

“We wanted to find unexpected stories that embodied the Asian American experience,” says Lee. “Asian America is already such a vast, complex, and contested idea. Focusing on food was a way to explore the deeper connections of culture and family, and the ideas of authenticity and adaptation that link us all.”

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Lee and local chefs and food writers, moderated by sociologist Oliver Wang. Reception to follow, featuring dishes inspired by the film.

Tickets will be available at

Presented in partnership with Visual Communications.

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