Frank Chi, filmmaker, artist, and storyteller, joins Dear Asian Americans to talk about his new documentary, 38 at the Garden, a story that’s both about Jeremy Lin’s meteoric rise in the NBA in early 2012 and the impact it had on the Asian American community at large. Frank shares about his own origin story immigrating from China, the impact movies had on his childhood, and how he came to be a filmmaker. Listen in as Jerry and Frank discuss dealing with internalized trauma as Asian Americans, telling stories about people other than ourselves, and why we have to celebrate the folks doing things now so that we can reach a point in time where Asian Americans can just exist.
Frank Chi is a filmmaker, artist, and storyteller at the intersection of art and politics.
From helping create the “Notorious RBG” phenomenon to his social justice short films which have gained over 50 million views on social media, Frank’s work helps lead narratives around justice and inclusion in American life. His latest work, the documentary short “38 at the Garden” about Jeremy Lin’s 2012 “Linsanity” run, will premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
Frank’s work includes the “Langston Hughes in Our Time” series sponsored by MoveOn and Color of Change - which was called “the perfect Black Lives Matter tribute” by HuffPost. His films for the Smithsonian Institution celebrating America’s immigrants remain its most popular videos on social media - including “Letters from Camp” – which was called “a heartbreaking resonance of past and present” by ABC News.
A native of New Haven, CT, Frank graduated from Bowdoin College. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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