By Stephanie Rosenberg
Tia Carrere, the actress, singer and model who was forever ingrained in pop culture through her appearance in the cult comedy classic “Wayne’s World,” is coming to town as a performer and presenter at the 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF).
The 18th annual SDAFF offers screenings of films and panel discussions at various locations throughout San Diego Nov. 9-18, 2017. Carrere will be a presenter and will perform at the Nov. 11 gala.
Carrere’s appearance at SDAFF coincides with the 25th anniversary of Paramount Pictures’ “Wayne’s World,” the rock ‘n’ roll roll comedy film that stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as a pair of metal-heads who broadcast a public access TV show from their basement. Carrera plays super-sexy Cassandra Wong, who becomes Myers’ girlfriend.
Carrere obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” But it was her starring role as Cassandra Wong in “Wayne’s World” that really thrust her into the international limelight. The film, which features a bevy of high-profile guest stars ranging from Rob Lowe and Chris Farley to Alice Cooper and Meat Loaf, was an offshoot of a recurring “Saturday Night Live” skit and became one of 1992’s biggest box office hits.
Carrere reprised her role in the sequel Wayne’s World 2, and later appeared in various films and TV shows, including playing Juno Skinner in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film “True Lies.” She also starred as an archaeology professor in her own international TV series, “Relic Hunter.”
She also voiced the animated Nani in Walt Disney’s Hawaii-based “Lilo & Stitch,” its sequels and the TV series it spawned.
Carrere also is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, with two of her solo albums honored as Best Hawaiian Music Album. Her other two albums were nominated for Grammies.
She also was featured on the soundtrack of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”, performing the ending theme, “I Never Even Told You”.
SDAFF, presented by Pacific Arts Movement, is the largest platform of Asian cinema on the West Coast. This year’s installment will feature 150 films from 20 countries in 30 languages.
SDAFF’s programs span six venues across the county during the 10-day festival, with its home base at Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Opening and closing night will be shown at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.
The 2017 SDAFF Awards Gala and various panels will take place at Marriott Mission Valley.
For more information about the Film Festival schedule as well as tickets for the gala, visit https://pacarts.org/sdaff/.