Art Deco Preservation Award

Arthur Dong received Art Deco Award with presenters_lr_1Filmmaker and writer Arthur Dong received the Art Deco Preservation award for his efforts to preserve the history captured in his documentary, exhibition and book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs, 1936-1970. L-r: Art Deco Society of California Ambassador Joe DePietro, Dong, ADSC Preservation Director Therese Poletti, and Miss Art Deco 2016 Katherine Brookes. Click here for photos from the awards gala and ball.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor Honored

LAURELS_FOCALAwards2016_FinalNomineeStacked-hires-large[6]The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor received a Focal International Award nomination for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Program. The honor recognizes films for excellence in the use and preservation of stock and archival footage.

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US PREMIERE: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor in Khmer

Khmer subtitles_1A special Khmer dubbed version of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor will have its US premiere at the Salem Film Festival on March 8, 2016. Complete with English subtitles so that both Khmer and English speaking audiences can experience the film, this project was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, with translation and dubbing services provided by Bophana Audio Visual Resource Center in Cambodia.

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Poster Published

We’re proud to present our poster for The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Designed by artist Grant Nellessen, the full-sized theatrical one-sheet captures the soul of Dr. Ngor and his enduring love for his wife who is pictured on the pendant that hangs from his neck.

Download the poster here.

Art Deco Preservation Awards Ball

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 7.55.33 AMThe Art Deco Society of California will be honoring Arthur Dong with their Art Deco Preservation Award, which is given to those who have committed themselves to preserving the culture of the Art Deco era. Join the celebration at the Art Deco Preservation Ball for an evening inspired by the Chinatown nightclub era. April 2, 2016, San Francisico. 


Best Documentary Feature Award

Cambodia-Town-award_1The Cambodia Town Film Festival bestowed its inaugural Best Documentary Feature Award to The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. The Jury noted: “Our selection committee received a number of submissions and your work was unanimously praised for its many cinematic strengths.”

Khmer Version in Production, November 2015

A Khmer dubbed version of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor is being produced to serve monolingual Khmer speaking audiences. It will also include English subtitles so that mixed audiences can experience the film together. Watch the video clip shot during our sound mix session to see an excerpt.

Forbidden City, USA – Chinatown Nightclubs

ForbiddenCity-cover_FINAL front_July23_72dpi_1Winner of the 2015 American Book Award, Forbidden City, USA is now available in a collectible hardcover edition. This critically acclaimed book captures the magic and glamour of the Chinatown nightclub scene with other 400 images – come take a dazzling tour on the old “Chop Suey Circuit”!

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Forbidden City, USA Hardcover Edition Launch Party

Hardcover book talk smaller_1November 21, San Francisco. Join author and filmmaker Arthur Dong for a book talk and signing for his 2015 American Book Award-winning Forbidden City, USA. There will be a brief Q&A session and light refreshments will be served. Special guests! Veteran dancers from the Chinatown Nightclub era:  Pat Chin, Ivy Tam, and Cynthia Yee, founding members of the Grant Avenue Follies; and Coby Yee, exotic dancer who eventually ran the Forbidden City nightclub (pictured). Co-Presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Art Deco Society of California.

CHSA Museum, 965 Clay St., SF Chinatown. Nov 21, 1pm, FREE.