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Hollywood Chinese

By awoodall
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 at 8:50 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

hollywoodchinese.gif“Hollywood Chinese” showing daily April 11-17 at the Grand Lake Theater. Q&A with the director — triple Sundance winner and Oscar nominee Arthur Dong (Forbidden City, U.S.A., Licensed to Kill, Coming Out Under Fire.) — April 12 at 7:15 pm.
“Hollywood Chinese,” takes a second look at Chinese American films and tells the story of “The Curse of Quon Gwon,” the recently discovered 1917 film that was shot and produced in Oakland by local residents in 1916-17. It is the earliest known Chinese American feature film and one of the few silent films directed by a woman.
April 12 has been proclaimed “The Curse of Quon Gwon Day” by the Mayor’s Office of Oakland to honor the historic 1917 film. The proclamation will be presented to surviving family members of the original filmmakers who will be in attendance at the Grand Lake Theater, April 12, at the 7:15 pm screening.
The film features a virtual who’s who of top Chinese and Chinese American film artists, including Ang Lee, Joan Chen, Wayne Wang, Nancy Kwan, James Hong, Lisa Lu, B.D. Wong, and writers Amy Tan and David Henry Hwang.
The Grand Lake Theater is located at 3200 Grand Avenue.
For more information on Hollywood Chinese, visit www.hollywoodchinese.com.
Questions? Call the Oakland Film Office at 510-238-4734 or email at filmoakland@filmoakland.com.

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