Curtain Up!

Curtain Up!

October 1 October 11

69 minutes

Documentary, Coming of Age, Family, Musical

English, Mandarin

United States


World Premiere

For 10 years now, the PS 124 theater club in New York’s Chinatown has been the only Asian American team to compete at the renowned Junior Theater Festival. It even earned the privilege of being one of a select few schools nationally to premiere a kids’ production of Frozen. CURTAIN UP! follows the children’s lives behind the scenes as they gear up for the much-anticipated show. Through rehearsals and heartbreak, CURTAIN UP! tackles deep questions of identity and transitions from a kid’s-eye view, promising to leave an audience provoked.

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Community Partners

  • Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Yao King
  • Think Chinatown
  • A-Doc
  • Studio ATAO
  • Chinatown Partnership

Bonus Content


  • Hui Tong
  • Kelly Ng
  • Hui Tong is a documentary filmmaker from Beijing. Now based in New York, he came six years ago to the U.S., where he developed a strong interest in the intersection of history, arts, and identity. While he has been making narrative and documentary shorts since high school, CURTAIN UP! is his first feature-length documentary. He is now working on his first book on Chinese identity, written through the lenses of Asian American, Chinese American, mainland Chinese, and overseas Chinese students.
  • Producer

    • Hui Tong
    • Kelly Ng
  • Writer

    • Hui Tong
    • Kelly Ng
  • Cast

    • William Cui
    • Charlotte Wang
    • Jack Lau
    • Alvin Wu

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