Basketball sensation: Harvard University graduate Emily Tay is the subject of “No Look Pass,” screening at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.The question, “Have you ever heard of an Asian basketball player?” — which sounds ridiculous in these days of Lin-mania — is asked in all seriousness in “No Look Pass.”

The documentary, screening Sunday and Wednesday during the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, is the true story of an Asian-American Harvard graduate who makes it big in basketball.

While those characteristics describe Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, they also pertain to Emily Tay.

Called “a poster child for the American dream,” she is the daughter of immigrants from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and a star player on the Harvard women’s basketball team — who cleans toilets to earn money to support herself.

While her parents expect her to marry a man they choose and become a housewife, her dream is to play professional basketball in Europe and be with her lesbian lover.

“No Look Pass” — the title refers to Tay’s signature move on the court — is among some 100 films and videos screening at this year’s 11-day festival, which begins today in The City.

Presented by the Center for Asian American Media, a group dedicated to promoting the diversity of Asian-American experiences, festival programs include 10 world premieres and seven U.S. premieres from two dozen countries; films screen in Berkeley and San Jose as well as San Francisco.

The festival opens at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre with the premiere of “White Frog,” an indie featuring Joan Chen (also the subject of a festival tribute), David Henry Hwang, BD Wong and star Booboo Stewart, of “Twilight Saga” fame.

Stewart, 18, plays a high school freshman with Asperger’s syndrome who is often neglected and misunderstood by a seemingly perfect family.

Ellie Wen, who co-wrote and produced the film, is a 2009 Stanford University graduate; festival director Masashi “Sushi” Niwano is 30, and managing director Christine Kwon and most of the staff are about the same age.

That youthful perspective — as well as a $500,000 budget (not including donations) — are what set this ambitious, wide-ranging festival apart from many others….