Documentary | 32 minutes | USA 2016
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 bargain 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.
Produced and Directed by: James Q. Chan
Producer: Corey Tong
Director of Photography: Jeff den Broeder
Editor, Miniature Cinematography: Michael Palmieri
Assistant Editor: Donal Mosher
Original Music: Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini
Sound Design: Jeremiah Moore
Associate Producer: Penelope Wong
Researcher: Dorothy Quock
Graphic Design: James DiRito
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Screenings & Awards:
American Film Showcase (September 2017-2018)
- Tanjombato, Madagascar
National Public Television Broadcast , (WGBH World; PBS) May- June 2017
Seattle Asian American Film Festival, *WINNER Audience Award + Jury Award Documentary Short 2018
Berkeley Public Library, 2018
Asian American International Film Festival, New York 2017
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival *WINNER Jury Award Documentary Short, Best Cinematography* 2017
Camerimage Int'l Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Poland *Nominee Best Short Doc* 2016
Austin Asian Film Festival *WINNER Audience Award Best Short Doc* 2016
Boston Asian American Film Festival *WINNER Audience Award Best Short Doc* 2016
Hanoi Cinematheque, Vietnam 2016
Doc Edge (New Zealand) *Nominee Best Short Doc* 2016
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival *World Premiere* 2016
CAAMfest, special work-in-progress screening 2016