December 14, 2021, 7:30pm: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures concludes its series, “Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers”, with a 25th anniversary screening of Licensed to Kill, scored by Miriam Cutler. Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) moderates a post-screening conversation. Info and tickets: Click here.
The Los Angeles-based Academy Museum has opened to critical and popular acclaim. “Movie Museum Rethinks Exhibitions in Response to a Changing World,” reports the New York Times. Since 2017, Arthur Dong has served on the museum’s Inclusion Advisory Committee to help develop curatorial, programming, educational, and public engagement content. Pictured: Arthur stands by his quote on display in the “Future of Cinema” installation.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.