Ephemera Pictures, LLC and Media Bridges, Inc.

Ephemera Pictures, LLC and Media Bridges, Inc.

Ephemera Pictures, LLC was created to produce and distribute educational, historical, and cultural documentaries. Vanishing Chinatown is the first production by Ephemera Pictures. Shining the spotlight on Asian American people, culture, and the arts that have not been appreciated before is our main goal. We are working with a non-profit

Ephemera Pictures, LLC and Media Bridges, Inc.

Ephemera Pictures, LLC was created to produce and distribute educational, historical, and cultural documentaries. Vanishing Chinatown is the first production by Ephemera Pictures. Shining the spotlight on Asian American people, culture, and the arts that have not been appreciated before is our main goal. We are working with a non-profit media company, Media Bridges, Inc. as our partner and fiscal agent. With over twenty years experience, MBI produces, promotes, and distributes non-commerical television programs, videos, films, and other materials which have as their primary goals public education.

About the Organization:

Ephemera Pictures, LLC was created to produce and distribute educational, historical, and cultural documentaries. Vanishing Chinatown is the first production by Ephemera Pictures. Shining the spotlight on Asian American people, culture, and the arts that have not been appreciated before is our main goal. We are working with a non-profit media company, Media Bridges, Inc. as our partner and fiscal agent. With over twenty years experience, MBI produces, promotes, and distributes non-commerical television programs, videos, films, and other materials which have as their primary goals public education.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

The Issue:

Asian American history and culture is not included in most public school curricula. Until there is more exposure and education of our Asian American history and contributions, we will always be seen as “other.” In a March 39th article, Time magazine draws attention to “A History of Exclusion, of Erasures, of Invisibility: Why the Asian American Story is Missing From Many U.S. Classrooms”. The more media, such as documentaries, plays, books, music, films, and social media, that expand the general public’s knowledge of different ethnic experiences - the more acceptance and understanding can be had among all Americans. A recent poll shows a 395% rise in Asian hate crimes in NYC alone. We must counteract the hatred with sharing and respecting our various histories, experiences, and what better way to do it than through the arts and education.

The Solution:

We will work with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) to create and promote a teacher’s guide and webinar to accompany our award-winning documentary, Vanishing Chinatown: The World of The May’s Photo Studio , to expand on themes of social injustice to Chinese immigrants a century ago that resonate with today’s issues of restricted immigration, family separations, and hate crimes. SPICE will develop the teacher’s guide, which will include connections to state and national standards in U.S. history, including California’s new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Media Bridges, Inc. will oversee the project, coordinating activities with Ephemera Pictures, LLC, the Vanishing Chinatown production team, humanities scholars and advisors, and SPICE. Our project will enrich curricula by the visual richness of May’s photographs as a witness to history, capturing peoples’ dreams and lives, and the almost unknown world of Cantonese opera.

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