CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) is pleased to recognize filmmaker Arthur Dong as this year’s Spotlight honoree. The festival will present two world premieres by Arthur, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor and a new digitally re-mastered version of Forbidden City: USA, as well as a special on-stage conversation with noted film critic and author B. Ruby Rich. Download a flyer.
More info on the programs:http://caamfest.com/2015/itineraries/spotlight-arthur-dong
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THE PHNOM PENH POST Feature Story
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.
Forbidden City, USA Exhibition
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, USA Book Release
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 Previously unpublished personal stories, along with over four hundred stunning images and rare artifacts, are presented in this sexy and insightful chronicle of Asian American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.
Sundance In Beijing, 2013
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.
Sundance/Macarthur Grant Awarded
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.