On Tuesday, May 9, 2006, Kayo Hatta's Fishbowl, a decidedly off-kilter look at contemporary American life in Hawaii, premieres on PBS.
(San Francisco)--On Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 10 PM (check local listings), PBS series Independent Lens co-presents with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Kayo Hatta's Fishbowl , a short film that offers a decidedly off-kilter look at contemporary American life.
This final film from the late acclaimed Hawaiian filmmaker Kayo Hatta (Picture Bride) was adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers , and set in the sleepy plantation town of Hilo, Hawaii. Fishbowl is about a brooding 11-year-old named Lovey who is trying to be anything but herself. Ridiculed by the popular girls and picked on by her teacher for speaking pidgin English, Lovey escapes into a world of pop fantasy daydreams. Add to the mix an obsession with the Captain and Tennille, her effeminate best friend Jerry, and an eventful Halloween party and one soon realizes that this is anything but a Disney Channel view of modern youth.
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The Center for Asian American Media (formerly known as the National Asian American Telecommunications Association) has a new director. A fond farewell to Eddie Wong and a hearty welcome to Stephen Gong. Gong, 53, joins the Center after working for 18 years at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, most recently as the Deputy Director. He has a degree in English from UC Berkeley and attended graduate school in cinema studies at the University of Southern California.