MOCAFILMS: Moving Images of Chinatown

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Admission: FREE and open to the public
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How do filmmakers imagine the people, places and history of Chinatown? This screening includes five original short films by local filmmakers Shelly Silver, Wayne Wang, Richard Wong, Rose Troche, Cary Fukunaga and Jem Cohen all of whom took to the streets of Chinatown, and filmed its residents, streets and stories for the Chinatown Film Project, which was commissioned by MOCA and produced by Karin Chien in 2009. MOCA presents their unique vision in conjunction with the Museum’s latest exhibitions, Portraits of New York Chinatown, and A Floating Population.

After the screening, join Lesley Qin, co-curator of WE LANDED/I WAS BORN/PASSING BY: New York’s Chinatown On Screen, and Herb Tam, Curator & Director of Exhibitions at MOCA, in a dialogue about cinematic representations of Chinatown.

Featured Short Films

5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown
by Shelly Silver
by Wayne Wang and Richard Wong
Sunday at 6 by Rose Troche

Kiwi Lotion by Cary Fukunaga
Night Scene New York by Jem Cohen

The Panelists

Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York. In 2002 he curated "America through a Chinese Lens," which surveyed photographs of America by contemporary artists and non-professional photographers of Chinese descent. Tam has previously served as the Associate Curator at Exit Art and the Acting Associate Curator at the Queens Museum of Art. While at Exit Art, he curated "New Mirrors: Painting in a Transparent World"; and co-curated "Summer Mixtape Volume 1," an exhibition exploring the role of pop music in the work of emerging artists. In 2007, Tam curated "A Jamaica, Queens Thing," about the intersection between hip hop and the crack cocaine epidemic. He has also curated solo exhibitions with artist Lee Mingwei, Rafael Sanchez and Regina Jose Galindo, and has worked on historical exhibitions about urban planner Robert Moses and alternative art spaces in New York. Tam was born in Hong Kong and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at San Jose State University and earned a Master's in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Lesley Qin hailsfrom Shanghai, China, and is the Program Manager of Asian CineVision, the New York City-based non-profit organization that produces the annual Asian American International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival of its kind. She is also a freelance translator, writer/journalist, film programmer and publicist. Lesley holds an M.A. degree in Cinema Studies at NYU.