Press Release (9/20/10): Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and dGenerate Films Launch the Chinese Cinema Club

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Museum of Chinese in America
Phone: 212.619.4785



Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and dGenerate Films Launch the Chinese Cinema Club

Series premieres with screening of Fujian Blue at MOCA on October 1, 2010


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New York, NY, September 20, 2010 – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and dGenerate Films announced the launch of Chinese Cinema Club, a film series screening Chinese and Chinese American film to be held at MOCA at 215 Centre Street on the first Friday of every other month. The Club kicks off on Friday, October 1, 7 pm with Fujian Blue (金壁辉煌), an award-winning feature film debut directed by Robin Weng, followed by a Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream.

“The Cinema Club is a first step towards addressing the disappearance of cinemas from Chinatown, and its subsequent lack of public screening options, “ said Karin Chien, President and Founder of dGenerate Films, who previously collaborated with MOCA on the Chinatown Film Project. “The aim will be to draw diverse movie-lovers and provide a regular space to gather, watch, discover and interact around cinema.”

“The Chinese Cinema Club grew out of the Museum’s collaboration with Karin Chien on the Chinatown Film Project, MOCA’s inaugural film exhibition.” said Alice Mong, Director of Museum of Chinese in America. “The Club will leverage MOCA’s new space to re-ignite cinema in Chinatown and harness the power of film. It will further fan Lower Manhattan’s cultural spark and foster the Museum’s role as a vibrant cultural anchor.”

The Fall/Winter lineup includes:

Fujian Blue 金壁辉煌
Friday, October 1, 2010 7pm

2007, 87 min. Directed by Robin Weng (翁首鸣).
This award-winning debut feature portrays two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China’s Fujian province.

Followed by Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, moderated by Kevin Lee, VP of Programming with dGenerate Films.

Take Out
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7pm

2004, 87 min. Directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou
An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.

Followed by Q&A with the directors, Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou.

Oxhide 牛皮
February 4, 2011, 7pm

2005, 110 min. Directed by Jiayin Liu(劉伽茵)
Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

Tickets: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. Purchase tickets to all three screenings for $25! Email or call 212.619.4785.


About dGenerate Films

dGenerate Films brings uncensored, unprecedented and visionary content from deep within mainland China’s independent, and underground, film scene to the U.S. market.
dGenerate Films combines pioneering relationships in China with a groundbreaking online platforms Reframe, Indieflix and MUBI to distribute previously inaccessible media to U.S. audiences. Films are made available for educational DVD, online VOD, public screenings, television broadcast, and all other non-theatrical channels. dGenerate Films also connects American producers with Chinese media makers by providing co-production services for documentary and narrative films.

dGenerate Films recognizes that unauthorized films by China’s post-Sixth Generation are the only truly independent media in China today. We remain deeply committed to providing American audiences with an unmediated look at life, as it’s truly lived, inside the world’s next superpower.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across our country. The Museum’s original location (which will continue to be used for archives and collections) is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit

Museum hours:
Monday: 11am-5pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special programs.


General Admission: $7
Seniors (w/ID) and Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: free
MOCA Members: free
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission every Thursday through the generosity of Target

MOCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization supported by its members, individual donors, and by public and private funds.

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