Sfiaaff 2009: You Don’T Know Jack (The Jack Soo Story)—Interview With Jeff Adachi

In the office of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender, there’s a wooden African sculpture bristling with nails. Adachi explains that each nail driven into the sculpture represents an obstacle overcome or a conflict resolved; a guiding sentiment to inform daily work. Adachi and I first met when he premiered his first documentary The Slanted Screen: Asian Men In Film and Television at the 2006 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff). I wrote up the film, recounted personal resonances, and interviewed Adachi for a new online project of mine that I had decided to call The Evening Class. Three years later and here we are—gratefully!—once again. My thanks to Jeff for inviting me to his office to discuss his latest film You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story, premiering at Sfiaaff’s 27th edition.
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