The W.O.W. Youth Series kicked off with an Asian American Female Filmmakers Panel this past June, centering Asian American female narratives and voices and discussing the many obstacles Asian American female filmmakers face in a predominantly white and male film industry. NYU film student and W.O.W short film director, Denise Zhou, moderated a discussion with three Asian American female filmmakers, ManSee Kong, Ursula Liang, and Theresa Loong about how their race and gender intersect to inform their work and address their challenges working in the film business.
As a concluding event of this series, we will be holding screenings of all three filmmakers' films at 26 Mott St. Next up is a 3-part screening collaboration with Third World Newsreel and Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊／ 唐人街艺术队.
This event will prioritize youth attendees, but also welcomes the public (with limited tickets, so please do RSVP in the link in the bio!)
ABOUT THIRD WORLD NEWSREEL
Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues. It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them. Ultimately, whether documentary, experimental, narrative, traditional or non-traditional, the importance of the media promoted by the organization is its ability to effect social change, to encourage people to think critically about their lives and the lives of others, and to propel people into action.
ABOUT FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES
This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join forces to protest police brutality and hostile real estate developers. With bold strokes, it paints an overview of the community and its history, from the early laborers driving spikes into the transcontinental railroad to the garment workers of today.
FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Christine Choy and a newly remastered HD version is now available
From Spikes to Spindles is co-presented by Third World Newsreel -- celebrating 50 years of progressive, alternative, independent media by and about communities of color and social justice issues #TWN50Years (www.twn.org)
Love and labor intersect in "Resilience", a 18 minute short documentary in which I, the director, document the impact of sweatshop conditions on my family life. The film follows the lives of me, my sister Virginia, and our mother, Sau Kwan, an immigrant from Hong King who works in a garment factory. "Resilience" captures Kwan as a passionate leader in the movement against inhumane sweatshop conditions in the United States.
Resilience had its US debut at the 2000 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York and its’ International debut at the 2001 Mayworks Festival in Toronto, Canada. Resilience was also screened at the Directors Guild of America for the 2002 Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival.
ABOUT FAREWELL, NEW SOUTHWIND 再會，新南風
Farewell, New Southwind is an observational documentary following a lively restaurant worker on the last day of a popular home-style Hakka Chinese restaurant in New York City, shuttering after 30 years of operation. The film is in Cantonese, with bilingual Chinese + English subtitles.
*Huge thanks to former W.O.W. intern Michelle Lee and the former W.O.W. intern team, Jamie Noh, Pearl Ngai, and Jenni Loo for making this series possible ♥