News Archive - 2021

Film Preservation & Presentation

“Do I now change my artistic vision that I had 25 years ago?”—Arthur Dong. The Center for Asian American Media reports on the filmmaker’s efforts to preserve and present films for his Criterion Channel retrospective.

SF State Alum Recalls Student Days

To mark the Criterion Channel’s retrospective of seven films by Arthur Dong, San Francisco State University catches up with the 2007 Alumnus of the Year recipient. Read the article here.

The Criterion Channel presents seven documentaries by Arthur Dong. This collection highlights powerful stories centering queer and Asian American experiences, and are available together in a complete retrospective for the first time ever. Now streaming through the end of March 2022. Related articles now on our newspage.

Family Fundamentals: Brett Mathews Remembered

Brett Mathews passed away suddenly on August 24, 2021. He’s pictured above on the far right, with Brian Bennett in the middle, at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Family Fundamentals. The documentary profiled conservative Christian families with LGBTQ kids and profiled both in the film. Read more about Brett in the Salt Lake Tribune feature story that chronicled his struggle for family acceptance and his stance against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Forbidden City, USA Re-Mix

Sound specialist Joe Milner of Puget Sound re-mixed Arthur Dong’s landmark film Forbidden City, USA during a virtual session under the filmmaker’s supervision. In lieu of re-newing costly music licenses, cues were extracted via digital audio isolation while retaining the dialogue, and new music was laid. The film was digitally restored in 2015 by UCLA Film and Television Archive from original negatives. Read more about Dong’s entire film and video collection at UCLA FTVA here.

Sewing Woman Restoration

Arthur Dong’s Oscar@-nominated film Sewing Woman is undergoing a 4K digital restoration by UCLA Film and Television Archive. Pictured is colorist and digital lab manager Randy Yantek at the archive’s Santa Clarita facilities. Read more about Dong’s entire film and video collection at UCLA FTVA here.

KTLA: Hollywood Chinese & Anna May Wong

KTLA TV Morning News featured Arthur Dong discussing his book Hollywood Chinese, Anna May Wong and his Hollywood Chinese exhibit at the Formosa Cafe. Watch the three mini-segments streaming online here.

New Book-in-Development

American Book Award-winning author and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong has begun work on his newest book Grandview Films: Cinematic Crossings with Joseph Sunn Jue (working title). This lushly illustrated publication will be Dong’s third in a trilogy of coffee table books that showcase the visual history and little-known stories of Chinese Americans in the arts.

Photo: On the set of The Twelve Wives (1937, Grandview Film Company). From left, actress Nancy Chan Wan-Seung, producer Joseph Sunn Jue, and actress Lam Mui-Mui.