A short documentary project that seeks to trace the evolution of Chinatown across generations, told through intimate stories of two decades-old family businesses.
2020 | Short Documentary | 12 mins
Directed by Tony Wang
Assistant directed by Rhea Li
Assisted by Evan Miller
Produced by Johnnie Yu
KK Discount Store
Grand Tea & Imports
With the support of:
Welcome to Chinatown
While initially, the film sought to tell a story of resiliency and perseverance through interviewing two prominent Chinatown businesses, the story quickly pivots to highlight a more nuanced discovery. Through retracing the process of economic recovery from COVID-19, the interviews shine light on how the newer generations of Chinatown are influencing and changing the iconic settlement, consequently shaping the dominant Chinese American narrative.
SPOTLIGHT: Grand Tea & Imports
Grand Tea & Imports is a multi-generational family business, and a purveyor of unique teas, spiritual goods, and Chinese cultural products. In addition to stocking a wide range of goods, their knowledge about each item’s significance and associated cultural practices have been a source of guidance to immigrant households across the east coast as well as Chinatown visitors for over 15 years.
Director / DP / Editor
Tony is an award winning filmmaker and photographer studying Photographic Imaging at NYU Tisch. His portrait works are featured in Newport Life magazine and he has received multiple awards from the IPA and PSA for street and fine art photography. Recently, his film "Liberated" received official selection at New York No Limits Film Summit 2020. His artworks primarily focus on the sensory and emotional experience of his audience.
AD / Sound Designer / Sound Mixer
Rhea Li is a sophomore majoring in Film & TV Production at NYU Tisch. Her specialty in sound makes her the perfect AD / Sound Designer for a run-and-gun documentary film like Chinatown, 2020, bringing the auditory experience to life.
Connect with Rhea: Instagram
PA / Assistant Camera
Evan Miller is a sophomore at NYU Tisch studying Film & TV Production. He is a Director of Photography from Westchester, NY. He has shot and directed short films, commercials, and music videos. His goal is to bring Tony’s vision to life through documentary visuals of Chinatown that portray the humane and humble lifestyle of business owners during the COVID shutdown.
Producer / History Consultant
Johnnie is a History and Cinema Studies student at New York University. In his free time, he is an aspiring venture capitalist and the co-president of NYU's Chinese Student Society. Passionate about Asian American rights, he was brought on to oversee the documentary's storyline. His previous films have received Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Shanghai Student Film Festival 2018.
Expected completion by february 2021
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