"Chasing the Dream" Film Press Conference
Updated: Sep 30, 2019
Beverly Hills, California, USA. 20th September, 2019. "Chasing the Dream: The New Chinese in America," is a documentary film by director Harrison Engle and the Chinese American Culture Exchange Association that is scheduled to be released in November 2019. The press conference was held at the Wilshire Screening Room in Beverly Hills and featured formal presentations, ribbon cutting-ceremony, and a screening of the trailer for the film.
The film profiles seven individuals from China who came to the United States as immigrants and built successful lives and careers in business, science, and the arts. Each individual's story is unique, yet they share a commonality with the traditional immigrant story of starting with very little and working hard to achieve the 'American Dream.'
The presenters included Deputy Consul General Dai Shuangming of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, California State Assemblyman Mike Eng, and Georges N. Chamchoum, President of the Asian World Film Festival. The Master of Ceremonies was Joey Zhou with co-host Berrin Aktug.
Among those profiled in the film are: Shao Kuang Ting, a master artist; Mai Sui, a singer and brilliant soprano; Charlie Zhang, a successful entrepreneur and creator of OC Music & Dance; Wei Chen, a businessman and amateur pilot; Yanyu Zhou, a businesswoman; Dr. Yutao He, a space scientist; and Ning Zhou, a fine art photographer and his wife, Lisa Li.
Their inspiring stories tell about their struggles and experiences in adapting to a new culture and way of life, and the dynamism of the growing Chinese community in the United States. The film is focused on the stories of these Chinese immigrants, yet looks to deliver a fresh perspective on how immigrants have contributed to the growth and prosperity of America.
The film is narrated by Emmy-award winning actor/narrator Peter Coyote and directed by Harrison Engle, an Emmy-nominated director and past president of the International Documentary Association. The Executive Producers are Susan Shu Wang and Yanyu Zhou, and the Associate Producer is Joey Zhou. The film is scheduled to premiere at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles in November 2019.