Face To Face
Cindy Wong & Carl Lee
This dynamic tape video, produced by the AAU youth group, explores issues of identity, culture and rights. Shot in a raw, shaky-cam style, Face to Face has fun recontextualizing popular Asian cinematic caricatures, but primarily focuses on the faces of its 10 teen directors. They describe how they deal with stereotypes at school, being harassed by the police, and being in gangs -- or just having people assume that they're in one.
Asian Americans United is a grass-roots, community based development organization devoted to advocating and responding to the needs of Philadelphia-based people of Asian ancestry. This non-profit, community-based social change organization works primarily with poor and working class, and immigrant and refugee communities.
Carl Lee is currently the Tech Director of Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY and a working video artist/activist. He is also a member of Termite TV collective, which among other projects, produces the "Living Documentary" series.
Winter/Spring 1996 - Asian Americans United Update Newsletter
February 26, 1998 - "Nobody's A Star: The Uncommon Power of Philadelphia's Community Video Scene" by Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
1995 to 1996 - Screened at the Chicago Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts "Healing Through the Arts" conference
September 20, 1996 - Part of Scribe Video Center's Community Visions premiere at International House (Philadelphia, PA)
October 28, 1996 - Broadcast on Through the Lens, WYBE TV 35 (Philadelphia, PA)
August 9, 1999 - Part of Street Movies! screening across street from kensington Joint Action Council at 1818 E. Huntington Park (Philadelphia, PA)