William Gray Harris

  • Trashed: The Lost World of May’s Photo Studio

    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor the upcoming film project Trashed: The Lost World of May’s Photo Studio. Donations to the project can be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

    From the producers of Trashed:
    A dumpster in San Francisco’s Chinatown…hundreds of photographs…a penniless art student: the makings of a mystery.
    This art student finds the photos TRASHED in dumpster. He realizes what a treasure he has! This is the life work of two of Chinatown’s pre-eminent photographers from the 1920s to the 1950s. They chronicled an immigrant people becoming American, while keeping their cultural traditions. The images show family portraits that have been artfully sliced together, the mother and children in China and the father laboring in the United States, separated because of the Chinese Exclusion Act; Cantonese opera stars in fantastical costumes striking heroic poses; and hand-painted portraits and stage backdrops.
    This story might have been lost forever, but now we are bringing it to you in our film: Trashed: The Lost World of May’s Photo Studio

    Support us with your generous gift.

    Your $5,000 ​will hire a writer for the script
    Your $2,500 will pay for moving images rights
    Your $1,000 will pay for a video crew for a day
    Your $500 will pay for an editing suite for a day
    Your $100 will transcribe an interview
    Your $25 will digitize three photos


    For more information, go to the Trashed website.


    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'Trashed Project' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103