Directed by Casey Beck
Sunday Dinner begins quietly at 7 am in Burlingame, California, a town just south of San Francisco, home to the country’s oldest and most enduring Chinatown. Wiley with his wife, Gloria, are sitting in the kitchen deciding what to prepare for Sunday dinner. Gloria sees him off as we accompany Wiley to San Francisco’s Chinatown on a
whirlwind shopping expedition. Later in the afternoon, Wiley and his brother begin the process of preparing the traditional and elaborate Sunday dinner, where he expects anywhere from 10 to 40 people. As the day descends into evening, the small suburban kitchen begins to fill with family who are frying duck, making dumplings from scratch, chopping vegetables and setting the table. Wiley is the conductor of this culinary symphony as his family defers to him and waits for instructions about how he wants the meal prepared and served. The house is a cacophony of sound and a
swirl of activity. Food fries in the wok. Lively conversations are underway. Some are about cooking. Some are about sports. ESPN is on the television. Children are everywhere playing, running, laughing. The love, affection and respect for family are palpable as they catch up on the week past and share plans for the week ahead. Hours later, close to 9 pm, the house begins to empty. Quiet and order return to Wiley’s home, where he is left with Gloria, having tea and ending the day just as they began it, together, quietly talking, perhaps reflecting on the day until they both retire to the living room to relax and take in a movie before bed.
Expected Guests in Attendance: Casey Beck (Director), Kerry Chan-Laddaran (Producer), Mary Cardaras (Producer), Jessica Ramirez (Associate Producer), Wiley Chan (Subject)
Events, Special Presentations / 60 minsCAAM, in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center, is thrilled to bring some mouth-watering shorts to the big screen, including Kerry Chan’s SUNDAY DINNER, a film that follows one man’s journey from picking the freshest ingredients in San Francisco’s Chinatown to cooking an incredible feast for his family. This special screening is part of the EAT CHINATOWN Spring Exhibit.
Preceded by: Sunday Dinner