Filmmakers and Producers

Amy Chen

Amy Chen, producer/director of The Chinatown Files (2001), the then-untold story of how McCarthyism impacted the Chinese American community during the 1950s. Chen previously worked in film production, distribution, and exhibition and was formerly the executive director of Women Make Movies. She is currently CIO of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research and educational complex. She received her BA in government at Oberlin College, an MBA from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel Production Workshop.


The Chinatown Files
Amy Chen
2001, 57 min., Color, US
This documentary brings to the public, for the first time, a story that was classified as secret by the US government for over four decades. Exploring the roots and legacy of the Cold War on the Chinese American community during the 1950s and the 1960s, it presents first hand accounts of seven men a...

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