On April 28th, 2018, Visual Communications, along with four renowned filmmakers, was awarded the Golden Spike Award at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California’s 43rd Annual Awards Gala. Our Executive Director Francis Cullado received the award.
The CHSSC is an educational organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, and share the history of Chinese in America. Their purpose is to promote the heritage of the Chinese and Chinese American community. Continuing their Storytellers series, the CHSSC awarded four visual storytellers who captured the Chinese-American experience.
Visual Communications received this award for our part in supporting these filmmakers, creatives who have been important to the Visual Communications family. The four recognized filmmakers were Arthur Dong, Felicia Lowe, Pamela Tom, and Renee Tajima-Pena.
Arthur Dong is an Oscar® nominated filmmaker, known for FORBIDDEN CITY, USA and HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, films that centered around Chinese America. He has been an important member of the Visual Communications family for his film, CLAIMING A VOICE, which documents the history of Visual Communications.
An award-winning television producer, director, and writer, Felicia Lowe has worked on several films, including CHINATOWN and CHINA: LAND OF MY FATHER. Her latest film CHINESE COUPLETS screened at our 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Pamela Tom is a documentary and narrative director and producer, with an award-winning debut feature film, TYRUS. She is special to the Visual Communications family as she showed TYRUS, one of our fiscally sponsored films, at our 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who has worked on many films, such as NO MAS BEBES and WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN? Her current work-in-progress is BUILDING HISTORY 3.0, another Visual Communications fiscally sponsored film.
Thank you to CHSSC for awarding Visual Communications with the 2018 Golden Spike Award. We are honored to have received an award that recognizes our mission to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander storytellers.