Veteran Bay Area filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s documentary “Chinese Couplets” will premiere locally on KQED during Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May.
Part memoir, part history, part investigation, the film spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion era on her family. Lowe offers a nuanced, engaging approach to the debate that details the long-term, multi-generational effects of ethnically motivated immigration policies while imparting a cautionary tale of living with cultural pluralism in the 21st century.
• COMCAST: Cinema Asian America, March 1 – 31st
• KCET, Los Angeles – Sunday, March 6, 6am and 2pm
• KTWU, Topeka – Saturday, March 20, 3:30pm
• KCTS, Seattle – Tuesday, March 29, 11pm
More PBS stations will carry in May.
Special Mother’s Day Theatrical Screenings:
Saturday, May 7 at 2pm, The Roxie, San Francisco, http://www.roxie.com/
Journalist/broadcaster Ben Fong-Torres will moderate Q&A with filmmaker.
Sunday, May 8 at 3pm, The New Parkway
Producer/Director Felicia Lowe will be present at both screenings.
Here’s an additional list of screenings:
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
April 25, 7pm
University of CA, Riverside
April 27, 7 – 9pm
CHASS INTS, #1128
The Roxie, San Francisco
May 7 at 2pm
The New Parkway, Oakland
San Francisco State University
May 9, 4:30- 6:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – SJSU
Thursday, May 19, 6pm in #225
American Libraries 2016 Annual Conference
Now Showing @ ALA, June 26th, 10:30am
About the Filmmaker:
As one of the first Asian female journalists working in American television, Felicia Lowe’s expertise in developing and researching stories has informed much of her work. Her documentaries reveal the unique experiences of Chinese in America while underscoring our common humanity. An award winning independent television producer, director, and writer, she has more than 35 years of production experience.
Chinese Couplets, premiered at CAAMFest 2015 (Center for Asian American Media) and won an Audience Award. It’s an official selection at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016. Lowe received an EMMY for Best Cultural Documentary for Chinatown: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco. Carved in Silence, her documentary about the experiences of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island Immigration Station has become a classic and is used in classrooms across the country.
In 1979, Lowe documented her trip to China to meet her paternal grandmother and made China: Land of My Father was broadcast on PBS and garnered numerous awards. She has taught film production and scriptwriting at San Francisco State University and Stanford University and is actively involved in the preservation and restoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station.
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