Long Story Short

Saturday, Sep 27th, 2008 - 4:00 PM

Venue: Freer & Sackler Galleries - Smithsonian

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In person appearance: Jodi Long

Long Story Short

Directed by Christine Choy

Running Time: 53 minutes
Year: 2008
Language(s): English

Website: http://www.longstoryshortdocumentary.com

Academy Award-nominated director Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) documents the captivating life story of Larry and Trudie Long, a popular husband-and-wife nightclub act from the '1940s and '1950s, who sought to maintain a balance of family and careers in entertainment.

Their daughter, Jodi Long, followed in their footsteps by carving out a career path as an actress on Broadway, film, and television, constantly sharing the inspirational history of her family with those around her. Now guided by Jodi,  who gently prods and encourages her parents to reveal details of their lives, the Longs unearth memories of joy and pain from their bittersweet past.

Divulging tales of Trudie's experience at a Japanese internment camp during World War II to the family’s involvement in multiple productions of the first musical starring Asians in America, Flower Drum Song, to an all-but-forgotten appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, this film opens a window into the unique history of one of the first Asian American show business families.