Poppy McPherson reports: “When he accepted his Academy Award for The Killing Fields in 1985, actor and Khmer Rouge survivor Haing Ngor said: ‘This is unbelievable, but so is my whole life.’ Now, nearly three decades later, a documentary film will bring that strange and sad story to the screen. Directed by Chinese-American filmmaker Arthur Dong, The Killing Fields of Dr Haing S. Ngor is expected to be released next autumn.” Read the full article.
Mark your calendars to attend Forbidden City, U.S.A.: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970, a ground-breaking exhibition showcasing filmmaker Arthur Dong’s treasure trove of memorabilia chronicling the magic and glamour of San Francisco’s internationally celebrated Chinese American nightclub scene and its performers. Jewett Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, April 12-Jul6 6, 2014.
Forbidden City, U.S.A.: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 captures the magic and glamour of the Chinese American nightclub scene, which peaked in San Francisco during World War II. Previously unpublished personal stories, along with over four hundred stunning images and rare artifacts, are presented in this sexy and insightful chronicle of Asian American performers who defied racial and cultural barriers to pursue their showbiz dreams.
The Dr. Haing S. Ngor documentary has been awarded a production grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. “This award, along with previous support, encourages us to acknowledge that Dr. Ngor’s story is timeless and a chapter of contemporary history that speaks to us today. The NEH grant will bring our documentary to completion – we plan to finish up by the end of 2014!” said producer Arthur Dong. NEH press release:http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2013-12-02.
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a new film from Arthur Dong, is now under way for a Fall 2014 release. The feature-length documentary will examine the period before, during, and after the Khmer Rouge’s tyrannical rule over Cambodia as seen through the eyes of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Dr. Ngor escaped to America and recreated his years of captivity in The Killing Fields, winning an Oscar® for his first film. He became the de facto worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland, only to be gunned down in Chinatown Los Angeles – a case still muddled with transnational conspiracy theories. Visit the website and follow the progress on Facebook.
For the third time in three years, the Sundance-CNEX Documentary Workshop convened in Beijing, May 2013, preceded by a day-long forum and summit on the state of documentaries in China. Over the week, Chinese filmmakers received creative feedback on their projects from advisors Jen Arnold, Arthur Dong, Sandi Dubowski, Beadie Finzi, Cara Mertes, and Jeff Orolowski. More info.
Cal Humanities California Documentary Project (CDP) awarded two separate awards to The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor: a research and development grant and aproduction grant. Since 2003, CDP has awarded over $3 million to projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians.
The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Initiative awarded a production grant toThe Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. The award issupported by a multi-year partnership between the Sundance Institute and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The organizations believe their unique collaboration – with its robust network of resources, creativity, and capacities – enhances knowledge and awareness regarding critical issues.
As a part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures initiative – which encourages projects that explore the ways in which cultures from around the globe have influenced American society – a research and development grant has been awarded to The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Read more.
The Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab took place at Skywalker Ranch in June 2013. This is the first time the two organizations worked together and marks a significant expansion of the Institute’s existing Composers Labs to include sound design. Pictured: creative advisor, Arthur Dong, and lab fellows, Judith Ehrlich, Miles Jay, and Thomas Allen Harris. Read more.