And it’s free.
â€œThe Curse of Quon Gwon,â€ written and directed in 1916 by Oakland filmmaker Marion Wong, then 21, is considered the first Chinese-American movie.
Wong, who started the first Chinese-American film company the year before and reportedly kept it going until 1921, cast her sister-in-law Violet as a Mary Pickford-ish heroine. She also gave her mother a role.
Inspired by her familyâ€™s 1911-12 trip to China, the film flopped. With a so-it-goes philosophy, Wong gave copies to family members. One sat in Violetâ€™s basement until 1968, when she asked her grandson, Gregory Yee Mark, then 20, to do something with it.
And so began a process that led to the silentâ€™s being re-edited from 35mm to 16mm and transferred to DVD â€” with assists from filmmaker Arthur Dong and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
You can check out the result at 5:15 p.m. Sunday when â€œThe Curse of Quon Gwonâ€ screens at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont.
It will follow a 4 p.m. discussion by Mark, now a Sacramento State professor of Asian American Studies, and Mai Lon Gittlesohn, Markâ€™s aunt.
A question-and-answer period will follow the screening. Contact 510-494-1411 or www.nilesfilmmuseum.org.
And by the way: Itâ€™s free.