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Forever, Chinatown

James Chan; Chan, James
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Forever, Chinatown is a documentary of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing urban neighborhood from 1940s to present day. A meditation on memory, community, and preserving one's own legacy, Frank's three-dimensional miniature dioramas become rare portals into a historic neighborhood and a window to the artist's filtered and romanticized memories and emotional struggles. In his bargain with immortality, Frank announces plans to cremate his exquisite works with him upon his death in order to 'live inside them forever' in his afterlife.
Director
James Chan
Release Date
2016
Run Time
32 min.
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
New Day Films, 2016.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017.
Recording Info
Originally produced by New Day Films in 2016.
Publisher no.
1346740 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (32 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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