6/7/08 – C4 Film Opening Screening & Discussion

C4 Film Screening & Panel Discussion
June 7th, 2008; 2:30 pm
Admission: $5 public; $3 member
Chinese Culture Center, Hilton Hotel (3rd Floor)
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Grassroots Filmmaking and its impact on contemporary Chinese culture: Grassroots filmmaking is becoming increasingly significant to Chinese and Chinese American communities as many up and coming social movements are being spearheaded, explored, and grounded through this medium. Acknowledging the growing importance of the grassroots genre, the June 7th launching of 2008’s Chinese Culture Center Cinema program showcases two unique independent short films, Red Thread, and Have Food Will Travel.

Red Thread (2008); 19 minutes
Jim Choi’s Red Thread chronicles the installation of artist Beili Liu’s “Lure惑” exhibit, currently on display at the Chinese Culture Center gallery. While the physical set up of the exhibition is a part of Red Thread, the film tells a much larger story. Born in China, and currently living and working in America, Beili Liu creates work colored by diverse cultural influences, and Red Thread examines the way in which these cultural dynamics embedded in the exhibit speak to viewers from a variety of backgrounds. Art of this nature, the film seems to suggest, is not a solo endeavor, but a truly a communal affair.

Have Food Will Travel (2008); 12 minutes
In Have Food Will Travel, Leonard Shek, an intern from the Chinese Culture Center’s In Search of Roots program, shows how the everyday act of eating can easily transform into an assertion, or exploration, of one’s cultural identity. Starting in the kitchens of San Francisco’s Chinatown, Shek eats his way to China, and through the villages once inhabited by his and his fellow intern’s ancestors. Just like the customs and people he encounters, the food is sometimes familiar, sometimes foreign, and sometimes merely reminiscent of what he is acquainted with back in America. Throughout it all, the consumption of food represents an opportunity to reassert connections: to one’s family, to one’s community, and to one’s own identity.

Have Food Will Travel: Pearl River Delta from Leonard .

Documentary by Felicia Lowe; 10 minutes

After the screenings, the Chinese Culture Center will be hosting a panel discussion of the films. Panel members include filmmakers Felicia Lowe, Leonard Shek, Chinese Culture Center Program Director Abby Chen, and moderated by renowned TV host Jay Stone Shih.

For more information about C4, please visit our 2008 Film Series page.




藝術家劉北立的裝置展“Lure惑”,由Jim Choi製作, 以中國的紅線傳說為主線,目前在中華文化中心畫廊展出。儘管製作過程也是《紅線》裝置展的一部分,但是影片為我們講述一個更完整生動的故事。劉北立出生於中國,如今生活並工作在美國,她所創作的作品帶有多種文化融合的色彩, 《紅線》裝置展詮釋了這一方式,通過將不同的文化深深地匯入作品中,並將其展示給來自不同國家的參觀者。影片所反映出來的這一原生態藝術,不僅僅是孤立的活動,而是一項真正意義上的公共事業。

《民以食為根》 (2008);12分鐘
石樹勛是中華文化中心籌劃的“尋根”項目中一個實習生,在《民以食為根》中向人們展示了每日飲食是如何轉化為文化特性的一種表現和探索方式。 石樹勛起初是在舊金山中國城各個大小廚房中開始,嚐到有中國特色的食物,再去探訪他及其同伴的先人繁衍生息的村莊。正像他所感受的風俗和接觸的人一樣, 石樹勛在那裡所嚐到的食物對於他來說,有時熟悉,有時陌生,有時讓他感覺彷彿回到了美國。經歷了這一切之後,飲食營造了一個良好的氛圍,重新促進了某個家庭,某個社會和某個文化特性的聯繫。

在《紅線》和《民以食為根》首映之後,文化中心將就電影舉行辯論會。與會人員包括電影製作人Felicia Lowe,石樹勛和中華文化中心項目主任Abby Chen,並由知名主持人史東主持進行。

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