SFSU Public Affairs Press Release
Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.
SAN FRANCISCO--March 31, 1999--In the fourth installment of its centennial year lecture series, SFSU will host a discussion with noted filmmaker and SFSU alumni Arthur Dong and a screening of his work on Friday, April 16 from 7–10 p.m. at the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Room 101. Seats are limited to 150 people and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dong, whose visit is also sponsored by The Chinese Historical Society of America and SFSU’s Asian American Studies and Cinema departments, is a three-time Sundance Film Festival award winner who has produced a number of powerful films. His most recent work includes Licensed to Kill, a film that explores the motives of men who have killed gay men and women. Coming Out Under Fire examined the U.S. government’s harassment of gay and lesbian soldiers during World War Two. Sewing Woman, a documentary Dong based on his mother’s immigration from China, was nominated for an Oscar. His student film made while attending SFSU’s Cinema program, Living Music for Golden Mountains, chronicled the efforts of a Chinese American man to teach and maintain traditional Chinese music in America.
Dong has won a Peabody Award, national Emmy and Oscar nominations, and over 80 other national and international film awards. He has received attention and praise for his attempts to infuse his films with a concern for social issues. Dong graduated from the Cinema program at SFSU with a B.A. in 1982 and from the Director’s Program at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television in 1984.
SFSU will sponsor Dong’s presentation as part of its ongoing centennial year lecture series cosponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of America. The CHSA/SFSU lectures take place every third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at the CHSA museum site at 644 Broadway, Suite 403, San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 391-1188.
This release was co-written by student writer, Chris Kilkes.
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