January 2014


My first short documentary video piece, made while I was part of the TWN Production Workshop, is screening with one of my favorite NYC Chinatown documentaries, made nearly 40 years ago.


Wednesday, January 22 - Courthouse Theater @ Anthology

6:00 PM Documentary Series

Activism and Film in NYC’s Chinatown

Presented by Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel (TWN) is a media arts organization dedicated to fostering the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent social issue media made by and about people of color. TWN also has a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year on film and video production. TWN is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and Materials for the Arts, as well as individual donors. Visit

Third World Newsreel (TWN) and New Filmmakers are proud to present two independent documentaries about social justice activism in New York City’s Chinatown.

FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES by Christine Choy (1976, 50 min)

Christine Choy’s From Spikes to Spindles is a classic documentary film about New York City’s Chinatown in the seventies. This raw, gutsy portrait 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.

HERE TO STAY by ManSee Kong (2008, 7 min)

ManSee Kong’s Here to Stay illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as an elderly man and fellow tenants in an endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit. A TWN Workshop production and part of the Call for Change Series.

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