FILM

“A Disappearing Act” Presents Remakes of the Never-Realized Original

A Disappearing Act Feb 16 – Feb 27, 2017 Opening: Thursday, Feb 16, 7 – 9pm Hours: Saturday – Thursday, 12 – 8pm Venue: Triangle, 20 Jay Street, #317, Brooklyn, NY 11201 … technique finally reproducing permanently the violence of the accident; the mystery of speed remains a secret of light and heat from which even sound is missing. – Paul Virilio, Aesthetics of Disappearance A Disappearing Act presents two newly commissioned projects by Su Yu-Hsien and Cici Wu, both developed from archival research in an effort to reconstruct historical works that were either lost, fragmented, never realized, or inherently ephemeral. Thinking of archives as constructive and active catalysts that generate new meanings and spur artistic imagination, the exhibition aims to reflect on the boundary between originality and reproducibility, and to explore questions surrounding the notion of authorship: What does it mean to sign one’s name, or to withdraw it? What happens when images begin to circulate in absence of ‘the artist’? The project further investigates the politics and practices of those who resist through the act of disappearing. Su’s restaging of Prophet, a play written by the Taiwanese avant-garde artist Huang Hua-Chen (1935-96), much of whose work has been …

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U.S. Premiere of OUT THERE, First Look Festival at MoMI, Jan 7, 2017

The film OUT THERE, directed by the Japanese director Takehiro Ito and starring Taiwanese actor and photographer Chun Chih Ma, will have its U.S. premiere with the filmmakers in person as part of the opening weekend First Look Festival on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI). OUT THERE, which was made in Taipei and Tokyo, tells a story of a director looking for a new actor to resurrect a stalled documentary project on the Taiwanese director Edward Yang. This actor is Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo and searches for the feeling of being home. Traveling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and Taiwan, OUT THERE is in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story, and a story about wandering, also a film in which the cities are among the main characters. As Takehiro Ito’s feature debut, OUT THERE is a hybrid of fiction and documentary, whose innovative form and subject has made it selected for the official international competition of FID Marseille and Turin International Film Festival 2016. Now it’s going to be presented at the sixth edition of the First Look Festival, …

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MY EGG BOY and LOST DAUGHTER at 20th Edition of Toronto Reel Asian Intel Film Festival, Nov 12 and 19

The Taiwanese romantic comedy MY EGG BOY and unconventional family drama LOST DAUGHTER have been selected for this year’s edition of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2016 and will have their Canadian premieres on Nov 12 and 19 with Dir. Fu Tien-Yu and the leading actor Rhydian Vaughan in person. Staring Ariel Lin and Rhydian Vaughan, MY EGG BOY is a story about love and the value of lives. For women live in modern days, to have children or not is a question more complicated than love. For those whose biological clocks are ticking, egg freezing may prolong their fertility. Evoking smiles and tears from audience members, this film provides a glimpse of what millions of working women struggle with: finding the balance between pursuing a career and marriage. LOST DAUGHTER is the new talent director Chen Yu-Jie’s impressive feature debut, which showcases extraordinary performances from veteran Taiwanese actor Li Tien-chu and rising star Phoebe Lin. It is a compelling family drama with the chills of a gripping thriller, which won the 7th Film Taipei Screenplay Awards and Golden Bell Tele-movies Best Leading Actor and Supporting Actress awards this year. For more information, please visit reelasian.com. Screening schedule LOST …

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BAMcinématek presents Edward Yang’s TheTerrorizers, Oct 21—27

From Friday, October 21, through Thursday, October 27, BAMcinématek presents the first theatrical run of Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers (1986). This widely lauded—though little seen—film will be screened for a full week in continuation of BAM’s celebration of Yang’s masterful film career. With The Terrorizers—starring Cora Miao, Lichun Lee, and Wang An—Yang crafts a mesmerizing, enigmatic thriller about fate, urban existence, and violence, both physical and emotional. On a sunny day in Taipei, shots ring out from an apartment complex and a body lies dead in the streets. In the aftermath of the crime, the lives of seemingly disparate people—including a couple whose marriage is dissolving, a photographer, and a sociopathic young woman—begin to intersect, connected by the shooting and an insidious prank phone call that will shape the course of their existences. Constructed like a puzzle, The Terrorizers maintains an air of quietly creeping unease as it builds towards its shattering, mind-scrambling denouement. Born in Shanghai and raised in Taipei, Yang received a Master’s degree in Engineering in Miami and worked seven years as a computer scientist in Seattle before returning to Taipei to commence his life as a filmmaker. Although a cinephile from a young age, it took …

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NYPL for the Performing Arts presents Singing Chen’s Mountain Spirits and Ears Switched Off and On, Oct 20 and 22

Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to announce the collaboration with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to present the final screenings of our 25th anniversary film series: MOUNTAIN SPIRITS and EARS SWITCHED OFF AND ON by the rising Taiwanese director Singing Chen. Mountain Spirits is the documentary about the Taiwanese acclaimed artist Wang Wen-Chih who has been taking part in various international art festivals including Venice Biennale in recent years. Using the natural materials of bamboo, rattan, and wood to express a profound serenity, and drawing on his memories of growing up in the mountains, Wang’s work displays both a unique vision and style in contemporary art. This documentary captures Wang’s attitude to life and his passion for nature in which both the work and the artist himself evoke the spirit of the mountain. “You can close your eyes but never the ears.”Ears Switched Off and On is the attempt to track downs the Taiwanese sound art context, those active, off-mainstream but ignored artists: Dino, Wang Fu-Jui, and Lin Chi-Wei. This documentary delineates these pioneers who have been devoted to sound art since the 90’s. Singing Chen is amongst the most talented young directors in Taiwan, recognized …

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Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 8/18

The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, and Taiwan. The “Taiwan Night” on 8/18 is collaboration between Queens Museum and Taipei Cultural Center to introduce Taiwanese culture to the residents in Flushing, NY. This event brings to the area highly selective programs: Music: Yuhan Su Jazz Band A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su came to the United States in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has performed with her jazz quartet throughout the East Coast and joined the acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. The band will perform a set of music featuring the traditional music from different ethnic groups in Taiwan, including Taiwu ancient ballads, Hakka traditional song, and Taiwanese folk song. Yuhan will bring a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese mythological KuaFu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. Film: Go Grandriders! (Taiwan, 2013, 80 min, Mandarin with English ST) A group of senior citizens, many of whom learn how …

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Taipei Cultural Center to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary with A Vibrant Selection of the Most Riveting Taiwanese Films

Taipei Cultural Center in New York celebrates its 25th anniversary by presenting a selection of the most riveting films by some of the most exciting voices in contemporary Taiwan Cinema, including Dir. Yang Li-Chou, Chen Singing and Chang Jung-Chi. This series showcases 4 documentaries and 2 features, from history documentary and artist documentary to detective feature and gripping dramatic feature, exploring the issues of the Taiwanese contemporary art, cinematic history and modern social development. With Dir. Yang Li-Chou and Dir. Chen Singing appearing in-person with New York premieres of their work, the Taipei Cultural Center invites you to join us in celebrating our 25th birthday with this vibrant film series! THE MOMENT Director: Yang Li-Chou Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 E. 42nd St., New York) *Followed by a Q&A with Dir. Yang Li-Chou In 2013, the Golden Horse Film Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Ministry of Culture commissioned Director Yang Li-Chou to make a documentary about the history of Golden Horse Awards. What is unique to this film is that it’s not an ode to celebrities but about the role cinema plays in ordinary people’s lives. It’s a love …

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Documentary about Taiwanese Sound Artist Huang Da-Wang: Screening of TPE-TICS at AAIFF 2016

This year’s Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is going to show TPE-TICS, the documentary about the significant Taiwanese sound/performance artist, Huang Da-Wang on Friday, July 29 at Village East Cinema. Also known as a ‘walking Wikipedia of music’, Huang has developed a distinctive style of improvisation and electronic noise, and has a unique performance- the “Black Wolf Nakashi” show. This film follows him closely, observing the links between his life and creations while shuttling in the city with him, from sound to body, from bedroom to ruins. Two selected shorts MIDNIGHT DANCE and CRONOS from emerging Taiwanese filmmakers Lu Mian-Mian and Yang Chieh, which explore the multifaceted relationship, will also be featured at the festival on July 23 and July 24 at Village East Cinema. The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans. The 39th annual festival will take place in New York City from July 21 to July 30, 2016 at various venues including Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria), and …

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TAIWAN ARTISTS PARTICIPATE IN 2016 EXPERIMENTAL FILM VIRGINIA

Free Event: Dance Films Screening Featuring newly created films of the 2016 Experimental Film Virginia Festival. The Festival gathers artists from all over the world to convene on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay with a mission to create new short films inspired by the people and places of historic, small-town America. Screenings will begin on time at 7:30 pm with a run-time of 60 minutes. A Meet-the-Artists session will follow with special guests. Location: Gina Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center 280 Broadway Entrance at 53 Chambers (212) 677-8560

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