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FOREVER, CHINATOWN

Directed by: James Q. Chan 2016 | 32 min.

Section: Real Life: Documentary Shorts

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

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Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Art, Asian American, Documentary, History


Synopsis

Forever, Chinatown is a story of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth.

This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing urban neighborhood from 1940s to present day. A meditation on memory, community, and preserving one’s own legacy, Frank‘s three-dimensional miniature dioramas become rare portals into a historic neighborhood and a window to the artist’s filtered and romanticized memories and emotional struggles. In his compromise with immortality, Frank announces plans to cremate his exquisite works with him upon his death in order to ‘live inside them forever’ in his afterlife.

Screenings

Saturday, November 12 6:15 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Plays with:  REAL LIFE: DOCUMENTARY SHORTS GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME
MR. OVERTON
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S HEADS
BE ABOUT IT

Cast & Crew

Director James Q. Chan
Producer James Q. Chan, Corey Tong
Cinematographer Jeff den Broeder
Editor Michael Palmieri