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Architecture + The City - Film #2: "Forever, Chinatown" / "Lost Landscapes"
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Architecture + The City - Film #2:

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: The Great Star Theater
636 Jackson Street
San Francisco, California  94133
United States

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Forever, Chinatown
2016 | 32 min.
Directors: James Q. Chan + Corey Tong

Forever, Chinatown is a story of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing urban neighborhood from 1940s to present day. A meditation on memory, community, and preserving one’s own legacy, Frank‘s three-dimensional miniature dioramas become rare portals into a historic neighborhood and a window to the artist’s filtered and romanticized memories and emotional struggles. In his bargain with immortality, Frank announces plans to cremate his exquisite works with him upon his death in order to ‘live inside them forever’ in his afterlife. Program will feature a brief presentation with film directors James Q. Chan and Corey Tong.

Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
2017 | 78 min.
Created and presented by Rick Prelinger

Rick Prelinger is a guerrilla archivist who collects the uncollected and makes it accessible. Prelinger will present this "Lost Landscapes of San Francisco" film, an eclectic montage of lost and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes and labor in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers. The audience makes the soundtrack and is invited to identify places, people and events, ask questions and interact with one another while the film plays.