James Q. Chan (Producer, Director, Camera) is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has collaborated on Emmy- and Grammy-winning projects. His film mentorship/training began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175). Producing credits with Epstein & Friedman include History Channel’s 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA (Emmy Award; 2006 Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), HOWL (Sundance 2010 Opening Night; National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award). Recent producing work include films about-- a child IT protégé :PUCK AND THE RIDDLE OF CODES (IDFA 2014; Dutch Television VPRO); father & son reconciliation ISTINMA (Best Short, 2014 American Indian Film Festival; Smithsonian Institute Native Showcase); U.S. immigration law impacts on bi-national same-sex couples ENTRY DENIED (Jury Award, Best Short, 2012 Provincetown); love & equality RIGHT DOWN THE LINE music video (Bonnie Raitt, Grammy 2013). Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a SAG/AFTRA Union Talent Agent. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities in all of his stories. James is the founder of Good Medicine Picture Company.
His award-winning directorial debut FOREVER, CHINATOWN (Emmy Award Nominee, Regional Documentary- Cultural/Historical) has been selected for the American Film Showcase, the premier diplomacy program bringing screenings and workshops to audiences in more than 40 countries. A partnership between U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, James will serve as film envoy for the 2017-2018 AFS Program.
Films by James Q. Chan
Artist Frank Wong’s exquisitely detailed dioramas of the Chinatown of his childhood serve as portals to the past in a rapidly changing San Francisco.