good people. good stories.

Frank Wong's Chinatown (working title)

Feature Documentary (in production)

A Good Medicine Picture Company Production 

Director/Producer: James Q. Chan

Producer: Corey Tong

Editor: Michael Palmieri

Add'l Camera/Post Supervisor: Jeff den Broeder 

Sound Design: Lora Hirschberg

A story of an 80-year-old long-time resident of San Francisco’s Chinatown who documents his memories of the community by building detailed miniature models of the neighborhood’s streets and establishments as they looked in the 1940s-1990s. The film is both a portrait of a skilled artist as well as a meditation on history, memory, and preserving one’s own legacy.

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2014 Cal Humanities Documentary Project recipient

 

2014 Pacific Pioneer Fund recipient

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2013 Independent Television Services Diversity Development Fund recipient

 





Project Advisors 

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Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (“The Age of Migration”), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 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,” a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast, teaches at Hunter College and Columbia University and currently is a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute.

 

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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.  

 

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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.

 

 

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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.