Tag: Women in Film

Zia Anger’s MY FIRST FILM co-presented by Memory and LA Film Forum, November 22nd 8pm

Tickets available here!

SYNOPSIS

From memoirs to director’s commentary, the tradition of self-reflection in the film industry is nothing new. Self-reflection serves as a means for a director to further explain the significance of their work. In many cases, it functions as a distancing tactic—creating a dissonance between the filmmaker at present and their naïve former self. However, these reflections on the finished work are often as polished as the film itself, rendering the director’s ideas practiced and stale. MY FIRST FILM repeatedly examines my first, and only, feature-length narrative film through an interactive live cinema performance. Each rendition contains new revelations and nuanced narrative shifts that build on both the original work and its accumulating commentary. The audience is encouraged to reconsider the formal limits of where a film begins and ends, to see that a film is only as fixed as the world around it. —Zia Anger

ZIA ANGER

Zia Anger works in moving images. Her most recent short, MY LAST FILM, premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING premiered domestically at New Directors/New Films and internationally at Festival del film Locarno. She directed music videos for various independent artists including Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Beach House, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also toured with as a performer and stage director. Various online publications including Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR have featured her music videos.

In 2016, Zia participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Intensive. In 2015, Filmmaker Magazine selected Zia as one of the year’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She is also a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts film/video fellow. In 2008, Panavision awarded her a New Filmmaker grant forher short film LOVER BOY.

From 2010 to 2012, she made a micro-budget feature film ALWAYS ALL WAYS, ANNE MARIE in her hometown with some of her best friends and non-actors. Nobody saw the feature. She applied to nearly 50 festivals and it was rejected from every one. Did you know when nobody sees your first feature you’re still considered a first time filmmaker?

Zia Anger’s MY FIRST FILM co-presented by Memory and LA Film Forum, November 22nd 8pm

Tickets available here!

SYNOPSIS

From memoirs to director’s commentary, the tradition of self-reflection in the film industry is nothing new. Self-reflection serves as a means for a director to further explain the significance of their work. In many cases, it functions as a distancing tactic—creating a dissonance between the filmmaker at present and their naïve former self. However, these reflections on the finished work are often as polished as the film itself, rendering the director’s ideas practiced and stale. MY FIRST FILM repeatedly examines my first, and only, feature-length narrative film through an interactive live cinema performance. Each rendition contains new revelations and nuanced narrative shifts that build on both the original work and its accumulating commentary. The audience is encouraged to reconsider the formal limits of where a film begins and ends, to see that a film is only as fixed as the world around it. —Zia Anger

ZIA ANGER

Zia Anger works in moving images. Her most recent short, MY LAST FILM, premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING premiered domestically at New Directors/New Films and internationally at Festival del film Locarno. She directed music videos for various independent artists including Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Beach House, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also toured with as a performer and stage director. Various online publications including Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR have featured her music videos.

In 2016, Zia participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Intensive. In 2015, Filmmaker Magazine selected Zia as one of the year’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She is also a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts film/video fellow. In 2008, Panavision awarded her a New Filmmaker grant forher short film LOVER BOY.

From 2010 to 2012, she made a micro-budget feature film ALWAYS ALL WAYS, ANNE MARIE in her hometown with some of her best friends and non-actors. Nobody saw the feature. She applied to nearly 50 festivals and it was rejected from every one. Did you know when nobody sees your first feature you’re still considered a first time filmmaker?

LA Chinese Film Festival – In Character – October 27th, 4:25pm

In Character – Documentary Feature + Q&A

To bring their characters to life, 13 actors agreed to voluntarily live in an isolated arsenal of Sichuan Province, relinquishing any contact from the outside world to experience the way of life from the Cultural Revolution in an experience tantamount to a social experiment. They wore costumes from the period and listened to the music of that time. When one of the actors requests a leave of absence, surprising and frightening changes come over the other actors, and an unexpected struggle ensues.

Director: Tracy Dong

Length: 74 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Confucian Dream – October 26th, 3:15pm

Confucian Dream – Documentary Feature + Q&A

Chaoyan is a young wife and mother with a steady job living in a giant city. Her life is comfortable, but she increasingly finds emptiness at home with her young son Chen, her husband Mei, and his mother. Chaoyan met Mei when he was a young man with big dreams. Now, with a utilitarian focus on money, he isn’t that way anymore.

But Chaoyan discovers ancient teachings that her generation has forgotten: Confucianism. Daily she reads and recites mantras on themes of morality and harmony, and in them, she sees hope for her estranged family. She insists that Chen join her studies, so he can absorb these values from an early age.

Mei finds their studies excessive but reluctantly allows Chen to attend a classics summer camp. Chaoyan pushes him to allow their son to attend a year-round traditional school, but he firmly refuses. Split across different values, the family’s conflicts intensify, and their ties weaken. In this zealous pursuit of harmony, Chaoyan and her family instead find themselves approaching a breaking point from which they might never recover.

Director: Mijie Li

Length: 87 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Body Talk – October 26th, 11:20am

Body Talk – Documentary Feature

Is this my body? Who am I? As the carrier of a spirit and will, how does a woman’s body struggle, jostle, collide, and merge with all things other than themselves. The body seems to follow the mind as merely its shell or tool. However the body does possess memory. A tired body, an injured body, a sick body, a fat body, a visible or invisible body, a body nourishing life, or a decaying and aging body… Have you looked at your own body carefully? Everything about you is buried amongst the hair, deep in your skin, down in your viscera and bowels, or within those millions of nerves. No matter whether you have forgotten about them, your body still remembers. In this film we interviewed thirty women, through the clips of their interspersed interviews the film implicitly discusses the “birth, aging, and illnesses” of the body during the course of life. Through their talks, we are led into the diverse female body experience. The film experience thus is akin to secretive women’s talk emitting a feminine and flowing tone.

Director: Singing Chen

Length: 82 mins

Send Me To The Clouds 送我上青云 – September 26th, 5pm

 

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, iron-willed journalist Sheng Nan (Surpass Men in Chinese) is pressured to make a quick fortune and find mind-blowing sex before the costly surgery numbs her senses. Taking on a businessman’s biography writing job, she hikes into the misty mountains, where a chain of outbursts with her dysfunctional family, grumpy client, misogynistic co-worker and dreamlike romantic interest hilariously unfold. As deeply moving as it is luminously witty, writer-director Teng Congcong’s debut waltzes across the bitterness swallowed by her generation of women born under China’s One Child Policy, unprecedentedly burdened to surpass men while trying not to be leftover women at the same time. Saluting the 18th-century Chinese literature classic Dream of the Red Chamber in its title, the enchanting gem refreshes the novel’s transcendent contemplation on desire, death and womanhood from a modern cinematic perspective.

Starring: Yao Chen
Tsui Hark Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Feng Xiaogang If You Are the One II
Cheng Kaige Caught in the Web
Raman Hui Monster Hunt

Art Director: Xie Fei
Silver Bear, 40th Berlin International Film Festival Black Snow
Golden Bear, 43th Berlin International Film Festival, Women from the Lake of Scented Souls

Director of Photography: Jong Lin
Best Picture, Asia-Pacific Film Festival Pushing Hands
Nomination, Oscars Best Foreign Language, Eat Drink Man Woman
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, Blind Mountain


Showtimes:
Friday, 9/20 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9/21 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9/22 4:00 PM
Monday, 9/23 9:30 PM
Tuesday, 9/24 4:05 PM
Wednesday, 9/25 4:00 PM
Thursday, 9/26 5:00 PM

Send Me To The Clouds 送我上青云 – September 25th, 4pm

 

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, iron-willed journalist Sheng Nan (Surpass Men in Chinese) is pressured to make a quick fortune and find mind-blowing sex before the costly surgery numbs her senses. Taking on a businessman’s biography writing job, she hikes into the misty mountains, where a chain of outbursts with her dysfunctional family, grumpy client, misogynistic co-worker and dreamlike romantic interest hilariously unfold. As deeply moving as it is luminously witty, writer-director Teng Congcong’s debut waltzes across the bitterness swallowed by her generation of women born under China’s One Child Policy, unprecedentedly burdened to surpass men while trying not to be leftover women at the same time. Saluting the 18th-century Chinese literature classic Dream of the Red Chamber in its title, the enchanting gem refreshes the novel’s transcendent contemplation on desire, death and womanhood from a modern cinematic perspective.

Starring: Yao Chen
Tsui Hark Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Feng Xiaogang If You Are the One II
Cheng Kaige Caught in the Web
Raman Hui Monster Hunt

Art Director: Xie Fei
Silver Bear, 40th Berlin International Film Festival Black Snow
Golden Bear, 43th Berlin International Film Festival, Women from the Lake of Scented Souls

Director of Photography: Jong Lin
Best Picture, Asia-Pacific Film Festival Pushing Hands
Nomination, Oscars Best Foreign Language, Eat Drink Man Woman
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, Blind Mountain


Showtimes:
Friday, 9/20 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9/21 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9/22 4:00 PM
Monday, 9/23 9:30 PM
Tuesday, 9/24 4:05 PM
Wednesday, 9/25 4:00 PM
Thursday, 9/26 5:00 PM