FILM

BAM Cinématek presents Chung Mong-hong, A retrospective of the Taiwanese auteur, Nov 30—Dec 2

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is proud to announce its conjunction with BAM Cinématek to present Chung Mong-hong, a showcase of the independent Taiwanese auteur comprising his four feature films: Soul, Parking, Doctor, and The Fourth Portrait from Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 2. In a commercial landscape dominated by romantic comedies and historical dramas, Chung’s body of work has emerged as a bold alternative, encompassing nonfiction, melodrama, and psychological horror. An increasingly regular presence on the international film festival circuit, but unjustly unknown in America, Chung’s films are darkly comic, strikingly stylish, and subtly surreal, offering an eccentric portrait of urban Taiwan that has led some critics to hail him as the successor to Taiwanese New Wave master Edward Yang. Opening the series on November 30 is Chung’s latest film, Soul (2013), an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2013. Part blood-spattered shocker and part provocative meditation on reincarnation, this Lynchian mind-melter features “feverish, dreamlike, and unearthly” (Variety) shots of the stunning Taiwanese landscape. Other highlights include Parking (2008—Dec 1), a bizarre odyssey into the night world of Taipei starring Chang Chen (The Assassin, A Brighter Summer Day) and set to music by John …

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Fall 2015 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering Taiwan: Three Taiwanese Films lead to discover the beauty of Taiwan

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Discovering Taiwan”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Beyond Beauty- TAIWAN FROM ABOVE(Documentary, 2013, 93 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 24th 2. Bird Without Borders- Black-faced Spoonbills (Documentary, 2009, 60 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 15th 3. Fishing Luck(Feature Film, 2005, 96 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 18th, please RSVP here Lanyu is a beautiful place; clean environment, great view, and even the people are pure. The island is not very connected to Taiwan; all the main resources on the island are shipped. People on the island were born to wait, such as waiting for the flying fishing season to come. The flying fish season is very important for the inhabitants of the island, it has affected the island’s culture and people and many oceanic culture and taboos were also derived from it. The camera, the film’s narrative sets up a series of contrasts that invoke various social issues: the cultural differences between Han people and Tao aboriginals, the gap between the modern city and the pre-modern tribe. What the film …

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2015 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival presents Taiwanese Films OUR TIMES and ZINNNIA FLOWER from Nov 8 through 10

As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, the 2015 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is going to present the highest-grossing film of the year in Taiwan OUR TIMES and the nominee of the 52nd Golden Horse Awards ZINNIA FLOWER from November 8 through 10. The director of OUR TIMES, Frankie Chen Yu-shan, will be attending the post-screening discussions and the Artist Talk to talk about the challenges that women face in the film and television industries. Frankie Chen has produced over twenty hit Taiwanese dramas, including Fated to Love You (2008) and Prince of Lan Ling (2013). OUR TIMES is her directorial debut. More information can be found here: http://www.reelasian.com/festival/ –OUR TIMES Director: Frankie Chen Yu-shan Taiwan | 2015 | North American Premiere Sunday, November 8, 2015, 8:00 pm | AGO Jackman Hall Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:00 pm | AGO Jackman Hall (Dir. Frankie Chen will be in attendance at post-screening discussions) -Industry Series – Artist Talk: Frankie Chen Yu-shan Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:00 pm | AGO Weston Family Learning Centre In present-day Taipei, Truly Lin (Joe Chen) is in her thirties and stuck in a dead-end job. She cannot help but recall her high school romance. The …

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Fall 2015 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering Taiwan: Three Taiwanese Films lead to discover the beauty of Taiwan

t is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Discovering Taiwan”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Beyond Beauty- TAIWAN FROM ABOVE(Documentary, 2013, 93 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 24th 2. Bird Without Borders- Black-faced Spoonbills (Documentary, 2009, 60 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 15th, please RSVP here 3. Fishing Luck(Feature Film, 2005, 96 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 18th Endangered black-faced spoonbills migrate north and south seasonally every year. It’s a grand tour of some 16,000 km. Every autumn, almost half of them fly back to Tainan, Taiwan, to spend their winter. It’s said that Taiwan is their homeland, so birdwatchers and scholars around the world know Tainan well. In order to trace black-faced spoonbills and capture their images along the route, an international team organized by Taiwan’s Public Television Service used full high-definition (HD) video, overcoming all the obstructions of geography, climate, tides and winds to ultimately reach the highest standard of documentary filmmaking, explore the heart of the spoonbill’s mysterious life, migrating behaviors, and habitats along the coast of whole East Asia. As a beautiful bird only …

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3 Taiwanese Films at the 2015 TIFF: The Assassin, Murmur of the Hearts, and Afternoon

  The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is running from September 10th to 20th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 3 Taiwanese films are featured at this year’s festivall, including Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Sylvia Chang (Ai-chia Chang)’s Murmur of the Hearts, and Tsai Ming-liang’s Afternoon. Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang will be attending the festival as a special guest as well. As one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, TIFF is often considered as Oscar prognosticators. Despite its non-competitive nature, TIFF has high reputation for its collection of the best films from film festivals around the world. During the past 3 years there were only 4 Taiwanese films featured at TIFF: Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs and Journey to the West, Chung Mong-hong’s Soul, and Chang Jung-chi’s Partners in Crime. This single year Taiwan is participating in this festival in 3 films, which shows the thriving and diverse development of Taiwanese films. These 3 Taiwanese films at the 2015 TIFF are supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and co-supported by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto. –The Assassin (Nie yin niang) Directed by …

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Fall 2015 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering Taiwan: Three Taiwanese Films lead to discover the beauty of Taiwan

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Discovering Taiwan”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Beyond Beauty- TAIWAN FROM ABOVE(Documentary, 2013, 93 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 24th, please RSVP here 2. Bird Without Borders- Black-faced Spoonbills (Documentary, 2009, 60 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 15th 3. Fishing Luck(Feature Film, 2005, 96 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 18th Beyond Beauty: TAIWAN FROM ABOVE is a 2013 documentary film which documents Taiwan from an aerial perspective offering a glimpse of Taiwan’s natural beauty as well as the effect of human activities and urbanization on our environment. The film broke the Taiwan box office records for the largest opening weekend and the highest total gross of a locally produced documentary. It was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Original Film Score at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, winning the best documentary category. In addition, it is also a winner of special jury award for creative excellence and won a gold medal for cinematography at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Beyond Beauty is almost a moving physical geography textbook or …

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Dancing for the Camera – Artist Talk with PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin, I-Ling Liu and Lois Greenfield

Artist Talk with Lois Greenfield joined by PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin and I-Ling Liu Moderated by Paul Galando Presented by Taipei Cultural Center in New York Supported by Dance Films Association Friday, August 7, 2015 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 Extraordinary Taiwanese dancers PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin, and I-Ling Liu share their experience of dancing for the camera, and in conversation with legendary photographer Lois Greenfield who has photographed these dancers for her UPCOMING BOOK, “ MOVING STILL”. The Talk is moderated by Paul Galando, the Founding Director of Tisch Dance and New Media, and supported by Dance Films Association. Dance films by Taiwanese artists Kuo-Heng Huang, Ji-Hong Lee, Jye-Hwei Lin, Wen-Chung Lin, Hsiao-Ying Peng and Yun-Ting Tsai are featured in the Talk. Free Admission RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/wl6xyj3LWV

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Taiwan’s Documentary IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY Featured in 2015 Asian American Film Festival

Taipei Cultural Center In New York is proud to present young director Alder Yang’s documentary IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY and Steven Liang’s short film COMING HOME in this year’s Asian American Film Festival, which kicks off today. IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY Museum of Chinese in America July 26, 2015 1:00 pm (After-screening talk by Director Alder Yang ) The documentary is directed by a then 14 year-old student Alder Yang who has spent 6 years to document a test-driven education’s impact on students. In addition to filmmaking, Alder strives to make a difference in education by means such as writing, journalism, workshop design and facilitation, and entrepreneurship. COMING HOME Village East Cinema July 25, 2015 5:30 pm (LGBTQ Shorts) The short film depicts the story between Jie Cheng, a well-behaved local Taiwanese high school student, and Eric, a rebellious international student from the US. They take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Jie Cheng to confront his darkest demons.

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Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 7/23

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 the Caribbean, Taiwan, India, Colombia, Korea, and South Africa. The “Taiwan Night” on 7/23 is a 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 – one in music and one in movie: Music: Taiwanese Music Ensemble of New York Founded by Taiwanese-American guqin player Shih-hua (Judy) Yeh, the ensemble was organized by a group of professional musicians and performed widely around Eastern United States. The ensemble is also dedicated to the education of young people, performing frequently in the neighborhood. Artists: Yimin Miao(Dizi & Xiao) Shih-hua Judy Yeh(Guzheng & Guqin) Roy Luo(Erhu) Yimin Miao Dizi / Xiao Yimin Miao is an internationally renowned Chinese woodwind virtuoso. He is the founder of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York. When Miao was nine years old, he started studying dizi privately with Mr. YU Xunfa, the most celebrated musician in China. Miao is …

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