The view from our rooftop.  Good Medicine Picture Company is based in San Francisco, California.

The view from our rooftop.

Good Medicine Picture Company is based in San Francisco, California.


James Q. Chan


James Quyen Chan (Producer, Director, Camera) is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has collaborated on Emmy- and Grammy-winning projects. His film mentorship/training began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175). Producing credits with Epstein & Friedman include History Channel’s 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA (Emmy Award; 2006 Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), HOWL (Sundance 2010 Opening Night; National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award). Recent producing work include films about-- a child IT protégé :PUCK AND THE RIDDLE OF CODES (IDFA 2014; Dutch Television VPRO); father & son reconciliation ISTINMA (Best Short, 2014 American Indian Film Festival; Smithsonian Institute Native Showcase); U.S. immigration law impacts on bi-national same-sex couples ENTRY DENIED (Jury Award, Best Short, 2012 Provincetown); love & equality RIGHT DOWN THE LINE music video (Bonnie Raitt, Grammy 2013). Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a SAG/AFTRA Union Talent Agent. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities in all of his stories.

His award-winning directorial debut FOREVER, CHINATOWN (May 2017 national broadcast, WGBH/World Channel) has been selected for the American Film Showcase, the premier diplomacy program bringing screenings and workshops to audiences in more than 40 countries. A partnership between the U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, James will serve as film envoy for the 2017-2018 AFS Program.



Foundational Films: The 400 Blows, The Decalogue Series, Children of Men, The Times of Harvey Milk, Last Train Home

The Special Piece of Property in My Heart Film: Harold & Maude

First Job: babysitter

Childhood Ambition:  being on Star Search

Fondest Memory: yearlong backpacking thru India, Nepal, and South East Asia

Soundtracks:  A Tribe Called Quest "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm"; Trashcan Sinatras "Cake"

Inspirations: a good home-brewed cup of chai, my Mom's cooking, monsoon season, Krzysztof Kieślowski

Books:  "Giovanni's Room" (James Baldwin), "Assata: An Autobiography" (Assata Shakur), "The God of Small Things" (Arundhati Roy)

Indulgence:  Belgian Ales and Vietnamese food

Proudest Moment:  coming-out to my brothers

Quote: "Walls turned sideways become bridges." (Angela Davis); "You can cut all the flowers but you can not keep Spring from coming." (Pablo Neruda); "First one to the top, reach back." (unknown source)

Three people (deceased or living) I'd like to cook dinner for: Carl Sagan, James Baldwin, Dolly Parton




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