Chinatown Film Project

How Do You See Chinatown?

An inaugural film exhibition of The Museum of Chinese in America.




Watch the trailer...


Chinatown is an evocative place. It exists in our cities, in our imaginations, on our television screens, and in our memories. It is at once a sprawling, vibrant immigrant community and a forgotten strip mall of buffet restaurants. Chinatown is the ultimate Hollywood metaphor and a space where families still live.


The Chinatown Film Project tackles Chinatown's elusiveness and its stereotyped representations by constructing new images for the viewer. The project starts locally, where we ask ten of New York's most exciting filmmakers to present their unique visions of this global icon.

Part I: Chinatown, New York

Featuring ten original short films:


The Guy with the Cigarette directed by Miguel Arteta
Church Basement Bomb Shelter directed by Patty Chang
New York Night Scene directed by Jem Cohen
Kiwi Lotion directed by Cary Fukunaga
I Can’t Wait directed by So Yong Kim & Bradley Rust Gray
Fortune Cookie directed by Amir Naderi
Chinatown: In Their Own Words directed by Sam Pollard
Five Lessons and Nine Questions About Chinatown directed by Shelly Silver
Sunday at 6 directed by Rose Troche
Tuesday directed by Wayne Wang & Richard Wong 

Special Opening Trailer directed by Richard Wong

Part II: Chinatown, Online

Videos of Chinatowns from all over the world, as seen on MOCA's YouTube Channel.


We want you to share your films, up to 7 minutes long, about your city's Chinatown. We're interested in Chinatowns of all shapes and sizes, from sprawling neighborhoods to lone strip malls. We’ll take all formats, from camera phone video to 35mm 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.

You can submit your film to MOCA two ways:

  1. Snail mail: Send us a digital copy of your film on a DVD in one of the following file formats: .mov, .mpeg or .wmv. Please send submissions to:

    The Museum of Chinese in America
    215 Centre Street
    New York, NY 10013
  2. Email: Send your film as an attachment (14MB size limit) to:

Please include the following information with your submissions:

  • a brief synopsis of your video
  • a list of credits you want to be included when your video is posted to our channel
  • your contact information (email address, phone number, mailing address)
  • confirm that your video conforms to the Terms of Use policies:


MOCA will be in touch to let you know if your video has been accepted to our Channel!

To learn more, please visit:

View YouTube Channel >


Check out the CFP Blog on World Journal Talk.




The Chinatown Film Project is supported by the MetLife Foundation, United Commercial Bank, New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film Program, and World Journal.


Additional support is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, New York State Council on the Arts Museum and Special Arts Services Programs, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and individual donors. In-kind support is provided by Deluxe New York, Panavision, Kodak, Apple Inc, Barbizon and the School of Visual Arts. The Chinatown Film Project is also supported by media partners World Journal and Filmmaker Magazine and community partners IFP/New York and the Tribeca Film Institute.









Producer/Curator: Karin Chien

Associate Producers: Philip Lam, Jill Aguado, Gitte Peng

Consulting Curator: Nancy Bulalacao


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