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. This year, we held our 10th annual Films at the Gate festival. Thank you to everyone who came to the event!

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. 

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, ACDC hosted a free block party in the Hudson St vacant lot (approx. 12 Hudson St) open to all! We showed 9-Man, an award winning documentary about the 9-Man tradition of volleyball at 8 pm!  

Here is the list of films we showed:

  • Friday: Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic AssociationShaolin Soccer
  • Saturday: Daoist Gate Wudang Arts, Drunken Master
  • Sunday: Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association, Iron Monkey

 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.

Series Curator: Jean Lukitsh

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

Click here to donate to Films at the Gate

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View photos from previous years.


2015 Sponsors

Tufts University/Tisch College, Barbara Why