HOW DO YOU SEE CHINATOWN?
Premiering tomorrow at 7pm — and on the museum’s YouTube channel — is the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)’s Chinatown Film project, a collection of short films by Miguel Arteta, Patty Chang, Jem Cohen, Cary Fukunaga, So Yong Kim & Bradley Rust Gray, Amir Naderi, Sam Pollard, Shelly Silver, Rose Troche, and Wayne Wang & Richard Wong on their unique visions of Chinatown, New York. (Advance registration required to attend the opening.) The museum is located at 215 Centre Street, and the exhibition continues both on YouTube and on the exhibition’s blog (appropriately in Chinese and English.) The exhibition also includes a user-generated component:
We want you to share your films, up to 7 minutes long, about your city’s Chinatown. We’re interested in large metropolitan Chinatowns as well as single strip mall Chinatowns! We want all formats, from camera phone video to Super 8mm film. This project is about re-seeing Chinatown through the eyes of filmmakers. And it’s about taking the art of filmmaking to Chinatowns the world over.
Accepted entries will be posted to the Museum’s YouTube channel.
The series curating producer is independent film producer Karin Chien (The Exploding Girl), and the exhibition will continue with more films, including shorts on all the world’s Chinatowns from a number of esteemed international directors. The trailer for the exhibition is below.