Update & Awards

Winner – Best Independent Programming

LA Area Emmy Awards

July 22, 2017

To Climb a Gold Mountain won the prestigious LA Area Emmy Award for Independent Programming.  The award ceremony took place on Awards held at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.   Variety magazine has listed the 69th LA Area Emmy Award Winners here.

For a recording of the of the ceremony, please click here (our category starts around timecode 1:23:15).


Winner -- Platinum Award

World Humanitarian Award

July 12, 2017

To Climb a Gold Mountain received the Platinum “World Humanitarian Award”.  The World Humanitarian Awards was established to commemorate World Humanitarian Day initiated by the United Nations.  The award was also given to film “An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines”  directed by Noel Izon.   The award previous winners includes Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Pérez Esquive.


Radio film Review - Oct 30, 2016

“..So Inspiring and So Powerful..!

Sam Yim  Playing Sing Ye in To Climb a Gold Mountain

Sam Yim Playing Sing Ye in To Climb a Gold Mountain

Writer, Author, and Radio Host Personality Janeane Bernstein called the film “.. unbelievable ..” and the story “..so inspiring and so powerful..”    She interviewed Alex Azmi to talk about the film on her Show “Get the Funk Out” on KUCCI 88.9 KUCI (IrvineTo hear the full interview please click here.

Air Date on PBS-South Cal:

5/17/2016 - 7:00 PM


The film will air on the PBS HD on 5/17/2016 and on PBS SoCal Plus channel on 5/21 at 8pm, and then again 5/22 at 5am.  Here’s a link to PBS cable and satellite guide: http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/channels/

The film is also currently featured on the PBS front page of the PBS SoCal website: http://www.pbssocal.org/home/               


Best Feature Documentary

Nomination - DisOrient Film Festival

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 11th Annual anniversary took place in the lovely and charming city of Eugene, Oregon.  The DisOrient Film Festival a social justice film festival dedicated with a great reputation and strong influence.


Winner: Best Feature Documentary


The Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood

The film was honored by receiving the Best Feature Documentary!! A screening of the film followed by Q&A Session with the filmmakers.

Winner: Golden Award

International Film Festival


To Climb a Gold Mountain received the Golden Award from The International Film Festival.  

The mission of the IFF is to promote filmmakers around the world in order to encourage intercultural dialogues and deeper understanding of the diversity of people and life.



Congressional Recognition Certificate

“In Recognition of the Successful Completion of the Film.  Your Extraordinary Dedication to Produce Such an Inspirational Documentary to Chronicle the Experience of American Chinese Experience is Truly Appreciated and Highly Commendable.”


Public Screenings

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To Climb a Gold Mountain was screened at numerous public and civic centers in California.  This includes the City of Los Angeles, City of Santa Monica,  City of Folsom, City of San Marino, City of Oxnard, City of Monterey Park, and the City of Arcadia. 


Private Screening, Asia Film House

London, England



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Asia Film House is the leading pan-Asian organization in the UK, having build a reputation on extensive network, objectivity, and independence.   Asia Film Festival had a private screening of To Climb a Gold Mountain, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.   Check out Asia Film House Website and YouTube Channel for the latest. 



Broadcast Agreement

PBS South Cal

PBS Los Angeles has picked the film for broadcasting.  We signed an agreement with them.

Private Screening

AAEO, Los Angeles

Attended by Congresswoman Judy Chu and the film’s cast and crew.  The film received very positive reviews.


Women of the Mountain

Utah Valley University

Special Fund Raising Event


A special screening in the Utah Valley University, Salt lake to raise funds for the third annual conference “Women of Mountain.”   Women of the Mountain is Conference sponsored by Utah Valley University, under the auspices of the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership Program


Japanese American National Museum

A segment based on the Climb a Gold Mountain preceded the screening of the film The Curse of Quon Gwon.  The segment was created to explain the environment in which the film The Curse of Quon Gwon was created.