The unintended tragedy behind today’s Sundance Film Festival premiere of Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is that its director, James “Jamie” Redford, died less than four months before the documentary. Tan has written several other novels, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement. Tan's latest book is a memoir entitled Where The Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir (2017). AMY TAN is the author of The Valley of Amazement, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat.
AMY TAN: UNINTENDED MEMOIR
US 2021, 82 min Director JAMES REDFORD
In this rich portrait of celebrated Bay Area writer Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, now in her 60s, reflects upon both the intimate histories of her family and her own, which alone could fill the pages of several memoirs. With clear eyes and robust detail, Tan recounts the ways her own life growing up in Oakland to immigrant Chinese parents influenced her novels, turning the very specific and unique aspects of her life into universally relatable stories. Fellow authors Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) and Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians), as well as cast members from the 1993 film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club including Rosalind Chao and Tamlyn Tomita, flesh out the otherwise autobiographical tale, offering loving outside perspectives of Tan and her work in this enlightening doc, which marks the final film by fellow Bay Area artist, director James Redford (Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution).
SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
SUNDAY, MAY 9 • 4:30, 7:30
TUESDAY, MAY. 11 • 4:30, 7:30
$10 CFI Members $13 General
$11 Senior (65+) / Youth (18 & under)
JAMES REDFORD was an award-winning director, writer, and producer for film and television. In collaboration with Karen Pritzker, he formed KPJR FILMS to produce groundbreaking social issue documentaries, including The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Paper Tigers, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope, and Playing for Keeps. He and his father, Robert Redford, co-founded The Redford Center, a non-profit media entity that engages people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action. James was committed to storytelling and passionate about his filmmaking. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is his last completed film and shows him at the height of his powers.
Amy Tan Autobiography
Amy Tan Unintended Memoir Trailer
|RUNNING TIME:||82 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Karen Pritzker, Cassandra Jabola|
|PRINT SOURCE:||PBS/KPJR Films|
|NOTE WRITER:||Joe Bowman|