USA | 2006 | 60 minutes | Documentary | A film written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi
"Highest recommendation … The Slanted Screen hits all
its marks." —SF Chronicle
"This is such a compelling social reality."
"Well-researched study of how Asian American men have
been stereotyped ..." —The Bay Guardian
"The Slanted Screen brings into focus the most dangerous aspect of prejudice." —The Evening Class Review
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The Slanted Screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century.
The Slanted Screen includes interviews with actors Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, comedian Bobby Lee, producer Terence Chang, casting director Heidi Levitt, writer Frank Chin, and directors Gene Cajayon and Eric Byler.
The film was written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi, co-produced and edited by Alex Yeung, with the opening music, titles and credits by Sean Dana. Michael Becker composed the musical score and the post-production sound and audio. The film also features a new song performed by the San Francisco rock-punk band Say Bok Gwai.
Winner of the Best Short Documentary award at the NY International Independent Film & Video film festival, The Slanted Screen envisions a new, exciting future in
the entertainment industry, where the diversity of our culture and society is fully recognized and represented.
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