James Q. Chan's film training/mentorship began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, COMMON THREADS, THE CELLULOID CLOSET). Producing credits with Epstein & Friedman include History Channel’s 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA (Emmy® Award; Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), HOWL (Sundance; Nat'l Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award). James’s producing credits include films about a self taught programming child prodigy :PUCK AND THE RIDDLE OF CODES (IDFA; VPRO); father & son reconciliation ISTINMA (Best Short, American Indian Film Festival; Smithsonian Showcase); U.S. immigration law impacts on bi-national same-sex couples ENTRY DENIED (Jury Award, Best Short, Provincetown); love and equality RIGHT DOWN THE LINE music video for Bonnie Raitt. Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a SAG/AFTRA Talent Agent in San Francisco.

James received an Emmy® Award Nomination for his documentary FOREVER, CHINATOWN a meditation on memory and community seen through the lens of an aging artist’s miniature dioramas of his childhood Chinatown. The film received multiple festival audience and jury awards including Best Cinematography (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival), national public tv broadcast on PBS/World Channel and was selected for the American Film Showcase, the US State Department and USC School of Cinematic Arts film diplomacy program where James served as an envoy to Turkmenistan in 2018. James is the founder of Good Medicine Picture Company and is a recipient of a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his work in amplifying stories from the APA community, immigrant voices, and tenant struggles. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities throughout all of his stories. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.


Films by James Q. Chan

Forever, Chinatown

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.