good people. good stories.

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Dorothy Quock (Researcher, "Forever, Chinatown") and I have taken Tai-chi Chuan lessons since October 2015. Twice per week I'd pick her up at her apartment, and we would walk down the hill into Chinatown. Here are some of Dorothy's "exercise" ensembles. #nextlevel #classact #sheroe

On behalf of Good Medicine and the "Forever, Chinatown" team, HAPPY NEW YEAR x 2!!

-James Q. Chan

FOREVER, CHINATOWN wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

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"Forever, Chinatown" at CAMERIMAGE 2016!

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What an honor to screen "Forever, Chinatown" in competition at the 2016 International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE. This is the Cannes film festival for cinematographers and I couldn't be more proud of my cameramen Jeff den Broeder and Mike Palmieri. Congrats to all our fabulous fellow nominees and to "The Sniper of Kobani" (Special Mention) and "I'm Not From Here" (Jury Award) for their well deserved wins.

SF FILM SOCIETY DOC STORIES

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So honored and thrilled to be part of such a fantastic lineup at San Francisco Film Society's Doc Stories series. #gratitude #homecoming

Presenting the Class of 2016 Chinatown Youth Media Academy!

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Good Medicine is excited to launch this pilot program in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center, to provide Ctown youth production skills in a condensed 8-week summer immersion program with an emphasis in doc storytelling.

From the first day of meeting the youth and now coming upon our last week together, my heart is full. Danny, David, Angela are not only the future, they are our present day storytellers who are #MadeInChinatown. I couldn’t be more proud and inspired by them.

Come check out their film this Saturday 8/20 and help us celebrate 25 years of CCDC’s incredible youth advocacy work in SF Chinatown.

Get your tickets here.

Heart & Soul: Sundance Native Program Fellow, JESSE SHORT BULL

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Sundance Native Fellows: Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Holly Nordlum, Jesse Antoine Short Bull Photo by Adam Piron Sundance Native Program

Jesse Antoine Short Bull (Writer, ISTINMA; RUNNING NORTH) is one of the most naturally gifted storytellers and biggest sweethearts on this planet. This past weekend at the 2016 Sundance Creative Producing Summit, Jesse laid out his immense talent and crafted his pitch with heart and soul. There were tears of support in the room for Jesse from esteemed industry attendees and afterwards new alliances were forged with heartfelt commitment to his and director Andres' vision. RUNNING NORTH, our feature narrative set on Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota has been a heightened labor of love, grief, sweat and joy through the years.  Alongside our allies Native Youth Leadership Alliance, First Peoples Fund, Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, Oglala Lakota College, Northern Plains Native Film Commission, Film Independent LA, we welcome Sundance on our collective journey to the big screen. WOPILA TANKA to Sundance Native Lab for your validation, guidance, and support of Jesse and our project.
 

Sundance Native Fellows: (L-R) Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Holly Nordlum, Jesse Antoine Short Bull
Photo by Adam Piron
Sundance Native Program

Forever, Pink Martini

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The use of music to underscore each diorama as a distinct memory of artist Frank Wong was influenced by Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie: “In memory everything seems to happen to music.” Pink Martini and Thomas Lauderdale’s original score on “Forever, Chinatown” is the perfect soundscape for Frank and his seven dioramas: energetic, melancholy, nostalgic and they knocked it out of the park for us. We couldn’t be more proud and thrilled to be in collaboration with them.

Bay Area friends, Thomas and Pink Martini are in town this week so come out and find yourself in your happy place. Full tour schedule here.

Forever, Chinatown WORLD PREMIERE!

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Our Frank Wong documentary has locked picture and we are thrilled to announce that    FOREVER, CHINATOWN will have it's official World Premiere at one of the most prominent doc fests in the country! Honored and beyond thrilled to be included alongside an incredible line-up of films! Much love and gratitude, Full Frame!

Special Work-in-Progress Screening at CAAMFest 2016!

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Our Frank Wong documentary is having a special work-in-progress screening on Saturday March 12, 2016. Our finished film (with our new title!) will be completed soon yet we couldn't turn down this timely invitation to offer a special preview to the Chinatown community. We're excited to bring this screening into the heart of Chinatown and are proud that it will be shown to the public in the newly built CCSF Chinatown/Northbeach Campus. This campus holds a special place in our hearts because of the long road (over three decades of obstacles and struggles) it took to achieve a permanent educational home for our immigrant community and students in Chinatown. This was a hard fought and victorious achievement by and for the community. Gratitude to those on the front lines for their long-term dedication to serving the educational needs of immigrants and working-class Asian Americans in community colleges. We're excited about this preview screening and hope you can join us at CAAMfest 2016!!

Rockstars

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So much soul and inspiration on our latest shoot in #SFChinatown for our Cultural Preservation Project. Much love and thanks to the musicians from 'A Better Chinatown Tomorrow' for allowing us to roll with them for the afternoon. These folk musicians (including 17-year-old Erhu/Chinese Violin prodigy, Zhen Taoli) were all super talented but it was Ms. Deng, her Chinese Banjo, and her contagious smile that was pure sunshine for the soul.

SF Chinatown Cultural Preservation Project

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Have a family tie to SF Chinatown and want your story documented for the SF Chinatown Cultural Preservation Project?

Contact: jc@goodmedicinefilms.com

 

 

 

 

 

While our Frank Wong documentary will take viewers on a carefully planned intellectual and emotional journey of one individual, his artwork, and the neighborhood, our interactive component to the film is designed towards a broader collective framework on memory and place-making. The SF CHINATOWN CULTURAL PRESERVATION PROJECT, by contrast, will provide a platform for the community to tell their stories. The interactive website will provide audiences with ways to engage the rich history of a community that is intimately interwoven with the history of San Francisco. Nothing better than a good ol' fashion booty shake with our elders to help us kick things off! Stay tuned for more project updates and a short from our inaugural video shoot.

Post: Week Two

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"Chinatown Cowboys"

Photo: Fred Lyon

 

Sums up exactly how we feel going into our second week of post-production! #FrankWong'sChinatown

Frank Wong’s Chinatown Receives ITVS Open Call Funding

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After weeks of contract negotiations, we are excited to announce that FRANK WONG’S CHINATOWN has officially received ITVS Open Call funding/licensing for public television!! A highly competitive process, this is an incredible honor for us as we believe a public television broadcast is the best fit for our film. We are beyond thrilled as this also allows us to stay on schedule and complete production in a few weeks and move the project into post in early April! The film will be completed in time for an early 2016 festival launch but in the meantime, we’ll keep our happenings posted here. THANK YOU THANK YOU ITVS!

About ITVS

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the web, and the Emmy® Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Monday nights at 10 PM on PBS. Mandated by Congress in 1988 and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS has brought more than 1,000 independently produced programs to American audiences to date. For more information about ITVS.

The miniature 'Single Room Occupancy' with artist Frank Wong

photo by: James Q. Chan