Hollywood Chinese (2007) - 2006 Fellowship
Hollywood Chinese documents the visual and social history of the Chinese in American feature films since the early 1900s.
Licensed to Kill (1997) - 1994 Fellowship
Format: Digital Beta, 16mm and all video formats
Length: 80 min.
A probing look into the minds of seven men convicted of murdering homosexuals.
Bronze Apple Award, National Educational Media Network
The Out 100 Award, Out Magazine. Named one of the 100 most influential gay men and lesbians of 1997 for waging "a one-man anti-violence project" with License to Kill/Best Documentary Director and Filmmakers Trophy, Sundance Film Festival/Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival/Best Documentary, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival/Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival/Community Service Award, San Francisco Community United Against Violence)/
Top Ten Lists: The Village Voice, The New York Press, Popcorn
Nominee, Best Documentary, GLAAD Media Award/Best Lesbian/Gay Film Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival/Filmmaker's Trophy & Directing Prize/Asian American Media Award, Asian American International Film Festival/Bronze Apple Award, National Educational Media Network
KQED-TV, San Francisco (CA)/POV/PBS/YLE 2 Public Television (Finland)/SIC Public Television (Portugal)/TV Ontario, Toronto Canada Public Television (Canada)/Noga Communication LTD (Israel)/SBA (Australia)/Globostat (Brazil)/RAI Sat 1 (Italy)/SBS6 (The Netherlands)
Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada))/Council on Foundations' Film and Video Festival/Pacific Film Archives (Berkeley, CA)/ Athens Film and Video Festival (Ohio)/Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (GA)/Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI)/Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore)/Haifa International Film Festival (Israel)/Helsinki International Film Festival (Finland)/Asian American International Film Festival (NY)/The Carolina Theater (NC)/Cinema 21 Portland (Oregon)/Columbia Film Society (South Carolina)/Detroit Institute of Art (MI)/The Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago (IL)/Film Forum (NY)/George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)/Houston (TX)/Outfest, Los Angeles (CA)/unspecified self-distribution
The Carolina Theater (Durham, NC)/Cinema 21 (Portland, OR)/
Columbia Film Society (SC)/Detroit Institute of Art
The Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)/Film Forum (NY)/George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)/
Houston Museum of Fine Arts (TX)/Mayan Theater (Denver, CO)/
Pacific Film Archives (Berkeley, CA)/South West Film Center, (Albuquerque, NM)/Walker Center for the Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
DeepFocus Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 39548
Los Angeles CA 90039-0548
402 East Notre Dame
Hollywood Chinese (2007)
Family Fundamentals (2002)
Licensed to Kill (1997)
A Question of Equality: Out Rage '69 (1995)
Coming Out Under Fire (1994)
Life & Times, KCET-TV (1992)
Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989)
Sewing Woman (1982)
Arthur Dong is a 1994 Fellow whose films investigating social issues have earned him a George Foster Peabody Award, three Sundance Film Festival awards (including the Directing Award for the Fellowship-funded documentary Licensed to Kill), an Oscar nomination and five Emmy nominations, among other honors. He serves on the National Film Preservation Board and the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, representing the Documentary Branch.
1985 Directing Fellow, Center for Advanced Film Studies, The American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1982 BA Film, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
April, May, June 2008
Arthur Dong’s Hollywood Chinese began its theatrical release in April, at San Francisco’s Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. It then traveled to Los Angeles, Pasadena and two theaters in New York. This documentary served as the Opening Night film for the Arizona International Film Festival, and as the Centerpiece Presentation of the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was included in the international film festivals of Hong Kong, Seoul and Jerusalem. It was also featured in the Council on Foundations’ 41st Film & Video Festival, where it was a 2008 Henry Hampton Award winner. Drawing from a trove of rare and memorable film clips, Dong’s film charts the visual and social history of the Chinese in American feature films.
January, February, March 2008
Arthur Dong’s Hollywood Chinese screened in Sweden’s 32nd Goteborg International Film Festival, in February and March. Drawing from a trove of rare and memorable film clips, Dong’s film charts the visual and social history of the Chinese in American feature films.
October, November, December 2007
Arthur Dong’s Hollywood Chinese was shown as a special presentation at the Vancouver International Film Festival, in October and at the AFI Fest in November. Hollywood Chinese was the first documentary ever to be featured as an opening night film at the 44th Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, where it was also awarded Best Documentary. Drawing from a trove of rare and memorable film clips, Dong’s film charts the visual and social history of the Chinese in American feature films.
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