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Frank Wong's Chinatown (working title)

A Documentary in post-production

A Good Medicine Picture Company Production 

Produced and Directed by: James Q. Chan

Producer: Corey Tong

Editor: Michael Palmieri

Camera: Jeff den Broeder 

Sound Design: Lora Hirschberg

A story of 81-year-old San Francisco artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the Chinatown neighborhood shops, streets, and intimate family rooms of his youth.                                           
This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing neighborhood, San Francisco Chinatown, beginning in the 1940s to the present. A meditation on history, community, memory and preserving one’s own legacy, Frank Wong’s art -- his seven, three-dimensional miniature dioramas -- serve as portals to the past and becomes an ‘insider’s guide’ through a community intimately interwoven with the history of the city.


A Co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) presented in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).







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Project Advisors:

Chi-hui Yang is a film curator and educator based in New York. Yang sits on the selection committee for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and is the president of the board of directors of the Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2000 to 2010, he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US. Yang is also the programmer of Cinema Asian America on Comcast On-Demand, a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University. His current educational projects include Asian Americans in NY: Film and Literature, an NEH-funded summer institute for K-12 educators to be held in July 2015; the Oberhausen Seminar, a week-long examination of contemporary artists cinema held at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany; and a mentorship/public programming initiative examining race, experimental forms, and the work of American artists of color.



Melanie Y. Ide is a Principal at Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc., a multi-disciplinary, international planning and design firm with active projects in over twenty countries. Melanie is currently designing exhibitions for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian Inst.) in Washington, D.C., recently opened Pacific Hall at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, and is helping to plan a new modern and contemporary art museum in the Middle East/North Africa region. Her built work, which has spanned natural history, cultural history, art, science and technology, has garnered over three dozen awards and has been featured in numerous publications. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii, Melanie has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Parsons The New School for Design  and is an architect now based in New York.  



Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are among the few directors, writers, and producers in the independent film world traversing non-fiction and scripted narrative.  Between them, they have garnered Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition, they have had career retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and at the Taipei International Film Festival in Taiwan. Their films include The Times of Harvey Milk; Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt; The Celluloid Closet; Paragraph 175; HOWL; Lovelace; Battle of amfAR.




Friedman began his career in the editing rooms of landmark films as Raging Bull and The Exorcist. His distinguished career as film editor most recently includes work on the short documentary Kings Point, one of 2013 Academy Award nominees. Friedman has taught in the graduate film program at Stanford University and at California College of the Arts. Epstein currently is a professor and Chair of the Film Program at California College of the Arts. He currently serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors and the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees.