Atlas Presents, Film: Tyrus
November 6 @ 7:00 pm
TYRUS is the first in-depth portrait of the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong. The film takes the audience on a remarkable journey – from his birthplace of Guangzhou, China in 1910 to the boarding houses of LA’s old Chinatown and the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film explores his formative years as a young WPA artist and the influence of Sung Dynasty art on his work. Until his passing at the age of 106 in December 2016 Tyrus lived the life of an artist. On the fourth Saturday of each month, he flew his magnificent creations.The film includes original interviews of Tyrus Wong, guest interviews, archival footage & photos, clips and concept art from early Hollywood movies and over 80 years of Tyrus Wong artwork – much of it rare and never before seen. TYRUS captures the richness and texture of Tyrus’s career while also revealing the inner life and character of this rare individual.
The “CAST” includes (partial list) Tyrus Wong, best selling writer Lisa See, animation artists and writers Don Hahn, Charles Solomon, Eric Goldberg, John Canemaker, Paul Felix, Milton Quon, art curators Sonia Mak, Bill Stern, Ellen Harrington, Mark Johnson, California watercolor expert Gordon McLelland and Hollywood film historian Joe Musso.
There will be a pre-show meet and greet with Film Director, Pamela Tom, and a post-show panel discussion following the screening.
Artist biography: Pamela Tom is a writer, director and producer whose work includes documentary and narrative film and television. Tom’s feature debut, Tyrus, premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival and had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s American Masters. The film has won nine awards, including best director at the Cinetopia Int’l Film Festival. Tom’s award-winning narrative short film, Two Lies, tells the story of a divorced Chinese woman who has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. Exploring issues of identity, beauty and intergenerational conflict, it screened at hundreds of film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Smithsonian Institution, and aired on numerous PBS stations. In 2017, she directed Sir Sidney Poitier, a one-hour documentary commemorating Poitier’s 90th birthday, which aired on Bahamas national television.
Tom also served as a production executive at KCET where she was a post-producer on the BBC/PBS national series WW2: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis, and the West and producer on Wired Science; the field producer on Becoming the Buddha in Los Angeles, a PBS pilot for a series on religion in America; and the Senior Associate Producer on the ABC documentary special, The Story of Mothers and Daughters.
She is currently in post-production on Through Their Own Eyes, a one-hour documentary that tells the story of four foster youth living in Los Angeles. The film will premiere on PBS in the fall/winter of 2018.
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.