HOLLYWOOD CHINESE – Special Screening Presentation
dir. Arthur Dong
In person: (schedules permitting) Filmmaker Arthur Dong and cast members Joan Chen, Tsai Chin, James Hong, Nancy Kwan, Justin Lin, Lisa Lu, Amy Tan, Mai Lon Gittlesohn & Marcella Wong-Yasuhiro (daughters of Violet Wong, star of the 1916 film, The Curse of Quon Gwon), and James Leong, Jr. (son of James B. Leong, producer/writer of the 1921 film, Lotus Blossom).
Film Description: A voyage through almost a century of cinematic delights, intrigues and treasures, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE weaves together a wondrous portrait of the actors, directors and personalities who have defined American filmmaking from the silent era to the current new wave of Asian American cinema. Dong explores the long-untold stories behind the faces who have graced the silver screen, from Anna May Wong to Nancy Kwan, James Hong to B.D. Wong, as well as those who have made their mark behind the camera, from famed cinematographer James Wong Howe to directors Ang Lee and Justin Lin. What emerges is a rich and complicated tapestry, one marked by unforgettable performances and groundbreaking films, but also by a tangled history of race and representation.