Chinese Cinema Club at the Museum of the Chinese in America in NYC!

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and dGenerate Films Launch the Chinese Cinema Club

The Club kicked off to a full room on Friday, October 1, 7 pm with Fujian Blue, an award-winning feature film debut directed by Robin Weng, followed by a Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream.

“The Club is a first step towards addressing the disappearance of cinemas from Chinatown, and its subsequent lack of public screening options, ” said Karin Chien, President and Founder of dGenerate Films, who previously collaborated with MOCA on the Chinatown Film Project. “The aim will be to draw diverse movie-lovers and provide a regular space to gather, watch, discover and interact around cinema.”

“The Chinese Cinema Club grew out of the Museum’s collaboration with Karin Chien on the Chinatown Film Project, MOCA’s inaugural film exhibition.” said Alice Mong, Director of Museum of Chinese in America. “The Club will leverage MOCA’s new space to re-ignite cinema in Chinatown and harness the power of film. It will further fan Lower Manhattan’s cultural spark and foster the Museum’s role as a vibrant cultural anchor.”

The Upcoming Fall/Winter lineup includes:

Take Out

Friday, December 3, 2010, 7pm

2004, 87 min. Directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou.
An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.

Followed by Q&A with the directors, Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, moderated by Karin Chien.

For the New York Times review, click here, and for a look at the movie’s official website, click here.


February 4, 2011, 7pm

2005, 110 min. Directed by Jiayin Liu.
Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

To read a review at Cinema Scope, click here.

Information on Q&A and speaker TBD

Three Times

April 1

2005, 120 min. Directed by Hou Hsaio Hsien.
The film tells three chronologically separate stories of love between May and Chen, set in three
times, 1911, 1966, and 2005.

Roger Ebert gives the film four stars; read his review here.

Information on Q&A and speaker TBD

Tickets: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. Purchase tickets to all three screenings for $25! Email or call 212.619.4785.

Past Club screenings have included:

Fujian Blue

Friday, October 1, 2010 7pm
fujian blue

2007, 87 min. Directed by Robin Weng.
This award-winning debut feature portrays two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China’s Fujian province.

Followed by Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, moderated by Kevin Lee, VP of Programming
with dGenerate Films.