Arthur Dong

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Arthur Dong
Born (1953-10-30) October 30, 1953 (age 62)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Ethnicity Chinese
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Occupation Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor, Cinematographer

Arthur Dong () (born October 30, 1953, in San Francisco, California) is an American documentary filmmaker. His work combines the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues, examining topics such as Asian American history and identity, and gay oppression. He received a BA (in film) from San Francisco State University in 1982 and completed the Director's Fellowship program at American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in 1985. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he served on the Board of Governors from 2002-2006 (Documentary Branch). Currently he serves on National Film Preservation Board. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and has served on the Film Independent (formerly IFP/West) Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003.[1]


Dong was an associate producer for KGO-TV in San Francisco from 1981 to 1982 and a producer at KCET in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1992 (producing for Life & Times). In 1982, he founded DeepFocus Productions, where he serves as producer, director and writer. He has received a nomination for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1984 for Sewing Woman, a Peabody Award in 1995 for Coming Out Under Fire, three Sundance Film Festival Awards, and five Emmy nominations.

His 2007 documentary Hollywood Chinese was recently broadcast on the PBS series American Masters, on May 27, 2009.[2]


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