WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?
“This is not your country. You can live here, but you will never, ever belong.” These words stayed with Arthur Chu and shaped his upbringing, yet they did not come from his classmates, it came from his own father. A self-described “social misfit,” Chu buried himself in American television and pop culture growing up in the Midwest. This proved advantageous in 2014 when he became an 11-time Jeopardy! champion, winning $298,200 in the process, at the time the third-highest winnings total in the history of the show. His appearance, uncompromising personality, and unconventional gameplay led to much criticism and personal attacks on social media, and catapulted him into the public eye.
Yu Gu and Scott Drucker’s fascinating debut feature follows Chu post-Jeopardy! as he leverages his newfound celebrity to become a voice for the voiceless through his writing and public speaking. As he struggles to balance life, activism, and personal relationships, WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? examines the risks, rewards, and complexities of being an active voice in an increasingly divisive social media landscape. – H. Ly
Director Yu Gu will participate in a Skype Q&A after the screening!
IN COMPETITION for Best Documentary Feature
DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS/CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Scott Drucker, Yu Gu (Skype Q&A)
EDITOR: Christopher Makoto Yogi
FEATURING: Arthur Chu, Eliza Blair, Ang-Ling Chu, Ling-I Chen
LENGTH: 90 min
2017 Slamdance Film Festival Documentary Competition
2017 CAAMFest Gala Presentations
2017 Hot Docs Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Documentary Competition
2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival Official Selection