Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month - ANNA MAY WONG screening


May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) will be screening "Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend" (2007) narrated by Nancy Kwan on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30 PM at Castelar Elementary School 840 Yale St. LA 90012.

It is the first biographical documentary film on the first Asian American actress to achieve international and Hollywood stardom both in silent and early talking films. This Anna May Wong (1905-1961) 10-year in-the-making documentary film has screened and premiered in Pordenone, Italy; London, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Melbourne, Australia as well as major cities within the United States and in England. It aired on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) in 2008. Producer/director Elaine Mae Woo will be present . FREE & open to the public

DVDs will be available for purchase. For further information please call (323) 222-0856

Photo courtesy of the Nicholas Muray Estate and Elaine Mae Woo
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Updated: "Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows" (2007) screening at Cerritos, CA in April 2014

 

 
April 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM: " ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: Her Life, Times and Legend " (2007) film screening at the Cerritos Library. Short Q&A to follow with producer/director Elaine Mae Woo and associate producer/co-writer Jean Lau. 

DVDs will be available for purchase. 
Limited seating. 

Cerritos Library
18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703. 
Please call (562) 916-1350 for further information.

Website:    www.anna-may-wong.com
FB Page:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-May-Wong-Frosted-Yellow-Willows-II/227696157290683 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows UPDATES

We are in talks related to having our " Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows" (2007) documentary narrated by Nancy Kwan screened at two venues in the Los Angeles area during April & May 2014. 
~~ Winners of our Holiday contest will be announced next week.~~
We are preparing to do research work in South Wales and England during March 2014.
Our " Thanks! " to supporters of our various documenting projects.
 Future updates will be posted in our
BLOG: http://annamaywongfrostedyellowwillows.blogspot.com and
FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-May-Wong-Frosted-Yellow-Willows-II/227696157290683

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows (2007) Trailer narrated by Nancy Kwan



ANNA MAY WONG DOCUMENTARY DVD ~ 2013 HOLIDAY SPECIAL !

 
We are thankful to the many fans and supporters that have supported in Chinese American actress Anna May Wong (1905-1961) receiving her recognition for the her contributions to early cinema's history.  Now towards the end of 2013, nearly 17 years since we began our " Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend" narrated by Nancy Kwan endeavor, she is finally being given her place as a pioneer in Hollywood. 
 

 
We will be offering private-consumers (non-academic/archival) DVD at the reduce price of  US$ 30.00 and the Academic/Archival DVD at the reduce price of  US$225.00.  The forms to be submitted  and further instructions will be located on the right top column on this website.  The special offers will expire on January 6, 2014 [postmark].
 
 
All of the individuals that purchase during this special offer period and all individuals that made prior purchases from submitting to this website [during the period 2012 & 2013] will be eligible for our Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows special drawings of  #1. our Limited-edition T-Shirt, #2. lobby-card size of our official AMW~FYW poster in celebration of Anna's 109th birthday.
 
Our thanks for your support in our Anna May Wong documenting project, our James Wong Howe project and our documenting the Chinese American Veterans who served in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater during World War II.  Please continue to help us in bring awareness and give a voice for those who preceded us.  You can check our progress at these sites:
 
Website:
Blog:
Facebook Page:
  
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2014 !!
 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembering Veterans Day

THANK YOU to all who have served their country.  Remembering
Veterans Day 
 


Monday, October 7, 2013

A Century of Chinese Cinema Program

 
The Goddess (China, 1934) with Ruan LingYu


Red Heroine (China, 1929)
 
New Women (China, 1935); Spring Silkworms (1933); The Big Road (1935); Laborer's Love (China, 1922);Romance of the Western Chamber (China/Hong Kong, 1927) and other great Chinese early film classics starting Friday, October 11, 2013 at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in their special program of A Century of Chinese Cinema.  
 

Anna May Wong, James Wong Howe and Chinese American veterans of W.W. II Projects

 

Will be back in New York City towards the end of the month. Great leads on new findings on Anna May Wong; James Wong Howe and Chinese American veterans of W.W. II projects.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

W.W.II Chinese American Veterans Final Reunion

W.W.II Chinese-American Veterans Final Reunion of the U.S. Army's 987th Signal Operation Corp. [SP] & the 14th Air Force -Air Service Group final reunion in Oakland from September 4-8, 2013.

As many of you know, I am working on a Chinese-Americans who served in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater during World War II oral history and documenting project. There were ten Chinese-American units:
-- The all Chinese-American 987th SP Signal Operations Company was part of the U.S. Army's China offensive.
-- The 14th Air Service Group was under the command of Col. Eric H. Kaeppel, which was attached to the 14th Air Force [The Flying Tigers] consist of the units:
       14th Air Service Group (14th ASG) Hqs. and Hqs. SQ.
       407th Air Service Squadron. - reassigned to the 14th ASG while in China
       555th Air Service Squadron
       1157th Signal Co. - reassigned to the 14th ASG while in China
       1544th Ordinance Co.
       1545th Ordinance Co.
       1077th Quarter Master Co.
       2121st Quarter Master Truck Co.
       2122nd Quarter Master Truck Co.
   I will be attending this final farewell plus I will be doing research on aspects of General Stilwell in the CBI, the OSS and viewing other military collections while up in the Bay Area.
   I look forward to this event and in honoring these and the others who have served their country during this time in history.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS and Other Updates


We have been very busy and haven't been able to post onto our Blog for a while.  What have we been doing?

We have been doing extensive research on Miss Anna May Wong, James Wong Howe, and other Asians involved with early film.  So far, the  2013 acquisition of rare photographs, magazines ( late-1910s -1970s), newspaper articles and other related period documents would put smiles on our Asian Pioneers in cinema.  We have been fortunate enough to obtain materials predominately during the silent film period which is also our main focus.  Our AMW~FYW II Team have been working very diligently in translating and identifying much of the addition to the Collection.

Our thanks to the many supporters of our endeavor since we started our initial project in 1997.  Since then, the interest and appreciation of Asians and Asian Americans in early cinematic history has grown immensely.  Their contributions as well as they themselves are slowly being recognized.



Friday, May 3, 2013

Thank you Miss Anna May Wong !!

 
 

TCM's scene clip from "Shanghai Express" (1932) with Marlene Dietrich & Anna May Wong:

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/202191/Shanghai-Express-Movie-Clip-Respectable-People.html

Anna May Wong ~ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

I want to bring attention to the fact that May is "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month".  Anna May Wong and the many other Asian pioneers that helped to trail-blaze and open doors of opportunity for the APA people of today should be remembered and "thanked".  Appreciate and recognized these past generations who lived through trying times in America's history.
 

Website: www.anna-may-wong.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Anna-May-Wong-Frosted-Yellow-Willows-II/227696157290683

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



~~ONLY 100 SPECIAL ANNA MAY WONG T-SHIRTS WERE MADE~~

[ACADEMIC DVDs STILL AVAILABLE.]

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) with Anna May Wong at the SFSFF


SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL - WINTER PROGRAM
"The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) with Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Julanne Johnston, Sôjin, and ANNA MAY WONG.
  Saturday, February 16. 2013 at 2:30 pm  Castro Theatre  429 Castro Street  San Francisco, CA 94114

Monday, January 7, 2013

Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows off to the U.K.

 

We will be traveling to the U.K. to continue our work on "ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: The Woman and Her Journey".  We have tentatively planned this trip during March/April 2013. 

Our "Thank You's" to the many supporters who have purchased our "ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: Her Life, Times and Legend" (2007) DVD narrated by NANCY KWAN. Also, to the monetary supporters that have donated to our project through the International Documentary Association (IDA) our non-profit sponsor  http://www.documentary.org/community/sponsorship/donate?film_id=3556  .
Your interest in Anna will help us in the gathering of rare materials and the research (fact-checking and findings) not only for Part II but but for our ANNA MAY WONG COLLECTION to be the most encompassing collection on Miss Wong .

Here is the link to our Turner Classic Movies - TCM "Asian Images in Film" segment on Anna May Wong (1905-1961) that was aired in June 2008: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/202114/Asian-Images-in-Film-TCM-Original-Anna-May-Wong.html 

Enjoy !

Our official Anna May Wong Website:  www.anna-may-wong.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Birthday ANNA MAY WONG !!

 
 

ANNA MAY WONG (January 3, 1905- February 3, 1961) 

Happy "108" Years.  We love you and we miss you.  Thank you for all of your contributions in the performing arts, social awareness and for being such an inspiration to so many of us.  Your pioneering spirit and the legacy that you have left behind has paved the way for so many individuals and will continue to for generations to come.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!

Website: www.anna-may-wong.com

Monday, December 24, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS !


                                                     HAPPY HOLIDAYS !! 
                                                                             from
                Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows
 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS dvds


Don't forget to purchase your limited-edition dvd copy of ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: Her Life, Times and Legend (2007) narrated by Nancy Kwan

All monies collected go to our Anna May Wong Projects, James Wong Howe Project and other Asian American Pioneers endeavors.  We must document our Asians in American history from those that lived through those times.  Our research, gathering of archival materials, oral interviews are just a small part of preserving history for generations to come.

 HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!  from the Anna May Wong Team to our many, many supporters.

The official Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows Websitewww.anna-may-wong.com

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three ANNA MAY WONG (1905-1961) films to be screened



OKAY !! Anna May Wong (1905-1961) Admirers:
I have been told that there will be THREE of her films to be theatrically screened within the next couple of months.

At the San Francisco Silent Film Festival: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD(1924) - [silent];
at Cinecon in Hollywood: DANGEROUS TO KNOW (1938)
and at the Capitolfest in Rome, New York: OLD SAN FRANCISCO (1927)-[silent]!!

Hope to see some of you at one of these screenings. :) -- Elaine.

" Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend " (2007) - a biographical documentary film

Website: www.anna-may-wong.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMayWongFrostedYellowWillows?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Anna-May-Wong-Frosted-Yellow-Willows-II/227696157290683

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ANNA MAY WONG DVD Special at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2012


" ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: Her Life, Times and Legend " (2007) narrated by Nancy Kwan DVD Special Sale Price at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival July 12-15, 2012. To celebrate the National Film Preservation Foundation grants to save 60 films, including Tod Browning’s DRIFTING (1923) with Anna May Wong, plus other Anna May Wong films and rare materials which have been located in the past year, we will be selling our AMW~FYW DVD at a discounted price after these two programs on Friday, July 13, 2012:

10:30 am after AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES - [This screening is a Free event! No tickets will be issued. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.]
----
1:00 pm after LITTLE TOYS (1933) aka XIAO WANYI from China, [approximately 110 minutes] Directed by Sun Yu . Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Li Lili


Producer/Director Elaine Mae Woo will be signing the DVDs only during these time periods and they will be priced at US$ 40.00 (cash or checks will be accepted).

During the Festival, the Books Inc. in the Castro will be selling the DVDs for US$ 40.00 plus CA tax (US$ 43.50).

For those of you unable to attend the Festival or who want to purchase the DVD from the Internet, please click on the link with the form (located on the top right hand side of this BLOG - PAGES) and mail the completed form with payment to us. Postmark date must be before July 25, 2012.


This is historically, the first biographical documentary on an Asian/Asian-American actress or actor in early Hollywood films and we only made a limited-edition. [This purchase is for non-commercial, non-institutional nor re-sale use DVD. Any public use must have prior written permission approval of Woo Neiman Productions.]

We want to show our appreciation to those who admire Anna May Wong as well as the other Asian Americans who were pioneers and contributed to Hollywood's cinematic history. We want to PRESERVE and uncover their bodies-of-work and to also acknowledge them.

Thank you for your support in our endeavors !!

Website: www.anna-may-wong.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another ANNA MAY WONG film to be preserved !!

The National Film Preservation Foundation on Tuesday announced grants to save 60 films, including Tod Browning’s underworld melodrama DRIFTING (1923), starring Wallace Beery and the 17-year-old Anna May Wong. Awards went to 35 institutions located across 22 states.

Monday, June 11, 2012

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2012 - July 12th - 15th

Little Toys - (XIAO WANYI) China, 1933. Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Li Lili -- The blend of romance and social commentary was a trademark of director Sun Yu’s work and he is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in Chinese history. Little Toys was voted one of the hundred best Chinese films by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005 and its beautiful star Ruan Lingyu is one of the great icons of Chinese cinema. She is superb as a rural traditional toymaker who moves with her daughter (Li Lili) to Shanghai after her husband dies and her son is kidnapped. Set in the late ’20s and early ’30s, Little Toys vividly captures a tumultuous time in Chinese history. Print from China Film Archive. -- We will be selling & signing the " ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: Her Life, Times & Legend " DVD after this screening --on the mezzanine level. Please come by & say "hello". -- People who can not make it to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival but who would like to obtain a copy of our Anna May Wong (1905-1961) bio-documentary film, please see our BLOG: http://​annamaywongfrostedyellowwillows​.blogspot.com [on the right top corner under "PAGES - Home"] Please go to The SFSFF website: http://www.silentfilm.org/# to view the Festival's great program for dates & times - included are two of Chinese American Oscar winning cinematographer James Wong Howe's films! The " Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows " Website: www.anna-may-wong.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Asian Pacific Americans have a very diversified history amongst themselves -- but yet we are all proud and thankful to the generations before us that pioneered and contributed to Amerca's history in so many different ways. Thank You! Website: http://www.anna-may-wong.com/home.htm

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Anna May Wong in THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)



TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - HOLLYWOOD
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924) - silent film
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Running Time: 160mins
Sunday, April 15 - 7:00PM Egyptian Theatre



http://www.tcm.com/festival/programs/471540/index.html

Monday, April 2, 2012



I was fortunate enough to see Kevin Brownlow's magnificent 5 1/2 hours restored version of Abel Gance's epic silent film NAPOLEON (1927) at the Paramount Theater with composer Carl Davis' fabulous score in Oakland, California after my presentations at San Jose State University. The San Francisco Silent Fim Society really knows how to put together a great event. Bravo! to everyone involved in this historical undertaking.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS screening in San Jose, California




ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: HER LIFE, TIMES AND LEGEND will be screened on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at
San Jose State University
One Washington Square,
San Jose, CA 95192


Mosaic Room
Student Union Building
12:00 noon
FREE - Students & to the public


For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Estella Habal [estella.habal@sjsu.edu]
Department of Social Science - Asian American Studies

There also will be a class discussion scheduled for the Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political Process class. Director/Producer Elaine Mae Woo will be present. Please contact:
Instructors: Steven G. Doi and Apryl Berney [Department of Social Science - Asian American Studies] for permission to attend plus time & the scheduled room.

Website: www.anna-may-wong.com

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays from Anna May Wong



HAPPY HOLIDAYS !! Best wishes for the Year 2012. --

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Anna May Wong ~ Frosted Yellow Willows" Limited Edition DVD



narrated by NANCY KWAN



ANNA MAY WONG ~ FROSTED YELLOW WILLOWS: HER LIFE, TIMES AND LEGEND - A DOCUMENTARY FILM (2007)

ANNA MAY WONG (1905-1961) WAS THE FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN ACTRESS TO GRACE THE SILVER SCREEN AND ACHIEVE INTERNATIONAL STARDOM.NEARLY TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING, THIS BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY FILM IS FINALLY BEING PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH MEMBERS OF ANNA'S FAMILY, CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND PEOPLE WHO WORKED WITH HER. WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUALS:

NANCY KWAN, KEVIN BROWNLOW, A. C. LYLES, JUDY YUNG, PHILIP LEIBFRIED, LEONARD MALTIN, LAW KAR, HIM MARK LAI AND THE MANY OTHER FILM HISTORIANS, ARCHIVES, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND DEVOTED ANNA MAY WONG ADMIRERS, THIS FILM WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN MADE.

WE "THANK" ALL THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST DOCUMENTARY FILM ON AN ASIAN AMERICAN ACTRESS IN HOLLYWOOD CINEMA.

"Happy Holidays" and "Best Wishes" to everyone in 2012 the "Year of the Dragon" !!

Our official Anna May Wong website: www.anna-may-wong.com