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"Chinatown," the first independent documentary about one of the oldest ethnic communities in Washington, DC, has been selected to screen at the Tenth DC Shorts Film Festival in September 2013.

The observational documentary takes an intimate look at DC Chinatown’s past and future through the untold stories of three remaining residents who are determined to keep their Chinatown from disappearing.

“I’m proud to be part of this year’s festival and look forward to sharing the film with audiences from DC and beyond,” says producer/director Yi Chen. Chen is a District resident and was named “Filmmaker of the Month” by DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development in April.

This year’s DC Shorts will showcase over 154 films from 23 nations.

“I’m very proud to program this important film about an established neighborhood in Washington – my own neighborhood – and the neighborhood where DC Shorts started – which has many difficulties because of redevelopment. This is an issue that affects many cities. Existing residents are being displaced, and often times the existing communities are devastated and vanish.” says Jon Gann, DC Shorts Film Festival Director and Founder.

The festival has announced the following screening schedule for CHINATOWN:

  • Friday, September 20 at 9:30 p.m. Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW Washington, DC
  • Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. U.S. Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW Washington, DC
  • Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC

In addition, the film is included in the DC Shorts Online Film Festival from Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 29.

Filmmaker Yi Chen will also participate in DC Shorts’ Filmmaker Workshops on Friday, September 20 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

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SOURCE: Yi Chen Studio