Arthur Dong, Producer
Since his first high school film in 1970, which depicted a child’s view of war, Arthur Dong has produced films reflecting the resilience of the human spirit in the face of social injustices. His films include stories of immigrants making a new life in America (the Oscar nominated Sewing Woman), Asian-American performers seeking equal participation in the entertainment industry (Forbidden City, U.S.A.), the footbinding of women in China (Lotus); and in his most recent film, Coming Out Under Fire, Dong explores the U.S. government’s systematic persecution of gay and lesbian soldiers.
At the Los Angeles PBS station KCET, he produced 10 documentaries for the Life & Times public television series. For his work there, Dong received three Los Angeles Emmy nominations for stories dealing with the Los Angeles riots, the role of the theatre in promoting social change, the plight of the Amerasians, and the fight against homophobia.
In addition to the Emmy and Oscar nominations, Dong is the recipient of more than 60 American and International film awards and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Arthur Dong is a graduate of the Film School at San Francisco State University (1982 Summa Cum Laude) and the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies (1984, Director’s Program).