Films at the Gate

enjoying the film crowd enjoying martial arts performance 

volunteers running the popcorn machine talking about Parcel 12 planning

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Every summer, Chinatown Park beside Boston’s Chinatown Gate becomes a FREE, outdoor theater, showing kung fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars. 

Started in 2006 as just a small event in an empty Chinatown lot, Films at the Gate has grown to become the one of the largest public gathering for arts in Chinatown. Now, more than 600 community members attend our annual event.

This year's event will be held from Friday - Sunday, August 26 - 28.

 The goals of Films at the Gate are to:

  • increase awareness of ACDC's community development activities and programs;
  • improve awareness of Boston's Chinatown as a site of cultural activity;
  • restore a tradition of shared, public experience of Chinese-language films in Chinatown; and
  • provide temporary community use of Chinatown's underutilized spaces draw foot-traffic to neighborhood restaurants and make downtown Boston a destination beyond the working hours.

Program Schedule

  • Friday:
    • 7:00pm Performance: Wah Lum Kung Fu
    • Two short films: TBD
    • 8:00pm Film: Pui Chan Documentary
  • Saturday
    • 7:00pm Performance: Daoist Gate Wudang Arts
    • Two short Films: TBD
    • 8:00pm Film: Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
  • Sunday
    • 7:00pm Performance: Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association
    • Two short films: TBD
    • 8:00pm Film: The Kid with a Tattoo

Series Curator: Jean Lukitsh

Founders: Boston Street Lab; Jean Lukitsh; Asian Community Development Corporation

Click here to learn how to SPONSOR Films at the Gate.

View photos from previous years.


2015 Sponsors

Barbara Why