Time: May 31, 2011 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Location: University Settlement @ The Houston Street Center
Street: 273 Bowery @ East Houston Street
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://hsc.universitysettleme…
Event Discipline: film/video
Organized By: University Settlement, Asian American Arts Center and Leslie Li
Latest Activity: May 5, 2011
Please join author and first-time filmmaker Leslie Li for a free public screening of her hour-long film-in-progress -- KIM LOO SISTERS: Portrait in Four-Part Harmony --a documentary about four sisters -- daughters of a Chinese 'paper son' and a Polish refugee -- who overcame poverty and prejudice to become a popular American jazz vocal quartet in the 1930s and 40s.
Spanning nearly a century, the Kim Loo sisters' recollections include the Jazz Age, when they cut their theatrical teeth in kiddie revues in their hometown of Minneapolis; the Great Depression, which they spent crisscrossing the country following the various vaudeville circuits; and the Second World War, years spent in Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies as a trio when one Kimmie left the act to marry the son of the vice president of China and witnessed the Chinese Revolution first-hand -- but not before her sisters joined the USO to entertain American troops stationed in Europe during the “good war.” Their remarkable story -- both on stage and off as well as their lives pre- and post-Kim Loo Sisters -- makes an important contribution to America’s multicultural heritage and a persuasive argument for the power of sisterhood.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend, as seating is limited.
Discussion and q&a will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be served.