A new collection of 2k and 4k film restorations shines a light on the contributions of women filmmakers in early cinema. The six-disc set includes Marion Wong’s 1917 film The Curse of Quon Gwon, the earliest known film directed by an Asian American. A companion booklet features an essay about Arthur Dong’s discovery of the groundbreaking film during the research for his Hollywood Chinese documentary. Info here.
Filmmaker Arthur Dong presented the Documentary Student Academy Awards® to honorees during a gala ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, October 11, 2018. Click here for details and a complete list of winners in all categories. Photos courtesy of AMPAS.
KPFA film critic Reyna Cowan is in discussion with filmmaker Arthur Dong about the Crazy Rich Asians phenomenon: “What does it say about Asian American representation?” CLICK HERE to listen now or to download.
The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California’s annual Golden Spike Awards recognized media producers who tell the Chinese American story through film. Honorees were Arthur Dong (pictured), Felicia Lowe, Renee Tajima-Pena, Pamela Tom, and Visual Communications. Photo by O.C. Lee.
In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the AARP selected Hollywood Chinese as one of five most influential and memorable documentaries on API history and culture: “In Hollywood Chinese, Dong takes an epic sweep of the history of Chinese in Hollywood.” Click here for more info and list of films.
Filmmaker Arthur Dong was the featured speaker at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Moderated by Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival programmer Lindy Leong, the director presented and discussed clips from his films.
Arthur Dong was named a recipient of the 2018 Golden Spike Award, an honor from The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California for his accomplishments in visual storytelling. The awards gala will be held at the Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Los Angeles Chinatown, April 28. Click here for details.
DeepFocus Productions DVDs, BluRays, and books are now available on Amazon, with free Amazon Prime shipping! Note: DeepFocus DVDs and BluRays sold on Amazon are home and personal use editions. For educational and institutional use DVDs, please click here.
“Nearly a decade before #OscarsSoWhite made racism in Hollywood a national headline, Hollywood Chinese examined representations of Chinese and Chinese Americans in US films throughout the twentieth century.” Read the full article by California Humanities.
The Library of Congress has selected The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor for their permanent collection of films that demonstrate long-term significance for future researchers and the public. Official selections for the collection exemplify the wide range of U.S. film productions and reflect the diversity of American thought and experience.