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Lindsey Jang Biography

Full-time Faculty, Pasadena City College Cinema Program

Lindsey Jang is a director, cinematogrpaher, writer, and producer.

 

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He teaches film and video production at Pasadena City College, where he also the Director of the growing Cinema Program in the Visual Arts & Media Studies Division. Prior to that, Lindsey taught in the video production program at the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles.

His latest film, "SAIGON, U.S.A.," which he produced, shot and edited with Robert C. Winn, is the first major documentary about the Vietnamese American community.

It’s a compelling cinematic portrait of the Orange County's Vietnamese American community that unfolds when a video shopkeeper challenges this ex-patriate community, the largest outside of Vietnam, with symbols of communism. The fifty two days of protests that followed inflamed arguments about individual rights versus community rights and long-simmering questions of what it means to be Vietnamese-American and, ultimately, what it means to be American.

In addition to screening at numerous film festivals, “SAIGON, U.S.A.” has also aired on over fourteen PBS stations across the country.

Prior to his filmmaking career, Lindsey worked in architecture and community activisim. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley and received his Masters of Fine Arts in film-video production from the University of Southern California. His first film, the non-fiction “Stolen Ground, “produced with Lee Mun-Wah, showed how racism affected the lives of six Asian American men and their families. It won a Golden Gate Award at the 1994 San Francisco International Film Festival and was also selected to the 1993 Hawaii International Film Festival, the 1994 Mill Valley Film Festival, the 1994 Film Arts Festival, and the 1993 Asian American Video Showcase.

His documentary “No Evidence” told the inspiring story of Dr. Patrick Chavis, who returned to South Central Los Angeles to serve his boyhood community. The Los Angeles Weekly called it "a powerful, succinct and deeply personal answer to those who would dismantle affirmative-action programs. The film offers some incisive, never didactic, social commentary." A semi-finalist in the Dore Schary Humanitarian Awards, it was featured at the 1999 Tahoe International Film Festival, the 1999 Athens International Film Festival, and the 1999 Marco Island Film Festival.

“Flames in the Heart”, starring Pat Li, Susan Chuang, and Amy Hill, tells the tender story of a widow trying to break the surprising news of her engagement to her bitter divorced daughter. It was awarded Best Fiction Film in MediaOne's 1999 Student Film Festival. It also won Second Place for Best Narrative at the Marin County National Festival of Short Films and was selected to ShortTakes '99 Festival of Student Films, the 1999 Chicago Asian American Showcase, and the 2000 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

As a cinematographer, Lindsey's credits include Director of Photography for Janet Howard's “Whistlestop, which won Honorable Mention for Best Dramatic Short at the 2001 Flicker Film Festival. He also shot “A Good Lie”, by Ron Eltanal, chosen for the 1999 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 1999 Chicago Asian American Showcase, and the 1999 L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival; and “You Ruined My Career, “by Randy Olson, which won a 1996 Cine Eagle Award, among others.

As an architect and graphic designer he was very active in community service in the Bay Area Asian community. He won architectural awards for Asian Neighborhood Design for the Coming Home Hospice, San Francisco's first hospice for people with AIDS, and for the Swiss American Hotel, an innovatively designed low income residence near Chinatown. In addition to his architectural work at Asian Neighborhood Design, Lindsey also served on the board of directors for the Chinatown Youth Center, as well as the Break the Silence Coalition Against Anti-Asian Violence, for which he was also a co-founder.

His essay, "Through the Mirror, Sideways" is included in the groundbreaking book Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism, edited by Professors Darrell Hamamoto of UC Davis and Sandra Liu of UC Berkeley (published by Temple University Press). NAATA's Push magazine called it "one of the collection's two best," and a "hysterical ... sarcastic, tongue-in cheek advice piece for Asian American filmmakers."