May 30, 2008 |
By his own admission, documentary director Arthur Dong has devoted his last three films (including the exceptional "Licensed to Kill") to "the destruction caused by America's war against homosexuality." He calls his new film, "Hollywood Chinese," "a welcome break from a decade of tense reportage, and a chance to delve back into my love for cinema." It is all of that and a fascinating journey for audiences as well.
July 11, 2002 |
"My films aren't for everybody," says Arthur Dong from his Silver Lake home office. "I don't get the 'Star Wars' type of crowds." While the 48-year-old Sundance award-winning documentarian doesn't expect blockbuster box office, the films he makes about real-life battles are arguably more compelling than any effects-laden spectacle you're likely to see all summer.
June 27, 2010 |
Growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown, Arthur Dong loved going to the movies and began collecting movie fliers when only 7. The first one, like first love, is imprinted in memory — "Flower Drum Song" (1961), based on a hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the Chinese American generation gap. "It was really something because it was the first English-language film shown at the Great Star Theatre," he recalls, "and also because it was a Hollywood film with all Asian actors."
April 23, 1988 |
Following are reviews for the American Film Institute Film Festival. All screenings are at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas . 'U.S. Short Fiction' U.S.A., 1987, 105 minutes , noon A program of four shorts highlighted by Arthur Dong's exquisite, suspenseful "Lotus," which takes us inside the heart and mind of a dutiful, rural young Chinese mother, circa 1914.
October 22, 1992
The Long Beach Police Department and a local gay activist group are scheduled to be featured in KCET-TV's "Life and Times" series Oct. 29. Filmmaker Arthur Dong filmed an undercover police sting operation against gay bashers for the documentary "Straight Hate," but he concentrates on Long Beach residents Jack Castiglione and Jeff Ziegler.
October 8, 2000
The conditions detailed in Arthur Dong's Sept. 24 letter ("Racial Covenants in Silver Lake") will probably be seen by many as an aberration. However, it brought back my own experiences in Los Angeles during the 1960s when I was the vice chairman of the L.A. CORE [Congress of Racial Equality] chapter and purchased a house in the Glassell Park area of Mount Washington, also known for being tolerant. In 1960, there were no people of "color" in my immediate neighborhood, and a neighbor tried to convince the owner not to sell me the house, telling her that it was a "restricted area."