FILM

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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Taiwanese black fantastic thriller THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS selected for the closing film of NYAFF 2016

The Taiwan Cinema Now section defies expectations with first films by new directors Adam Tsuei (The Tenants Downstairs), Vic Cheng (The Tag-Along), and Lee Chung (The Laundryman) that expand the horizons of the island’s genre cinema. The section, presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, is completed by two powerful dramas from established filmmakers Tom Lin (Zinnia Flower) and Cheng Wen-tang (Maverick), which explore loss and redemption. The Laundryman Dir. Lee Chung Sat, June 25, 12:30 p.m. at Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) 2015 | Taiwan | DCP | 110min | Mandarin | English Subtitles New York Premiere Lee Chung’s poppy feature debut throws the horror-comedy and the action film into a blender and creates a fun-filled cocktail fueled by manic energy, actors playing against type, and absolutely stunning imagery. Joseph Chang stars as the laundryman, a nameless hit man who kills people at the orders of A-gu (Sui Tang) and brings the bodies back to A-gu’s laundromat at night for processing. Plagued by the ghosts of his victims, he seeks help from Lin (Wan Qian), a cynical psychic who becomes a vessel to air their grievances and desire for revenge. …

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MoMA PRESENTS MID-CAREER RETROSPECTIVE OF CINEMATOGRAPHER MARK LEE PING-BING June 16-30, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art presents the first American retrospective of the films of Mark Lee Ping-Bing, one of the world’s foremost cinematographers, in Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing, from June 16 to June 30, 2016, in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. In a career that spans over three decades, his exquisite presentation of light, shadow, color, graceful camera movement, and arresting compositions bring to the forefront cinematography’s central role in the creation of motion pictures. An essential partner to the directors he works with, Lee is best known for his longtime collaboration with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In the 10 award-winning features they’ve made together, the duo has defined a vision for Taiwan New Cinema realism. Lee has also collaborated with such celebrated filmmakers as Wong Kar Wai, Tran Anh Hung, Tian Zhuangzhuang, and Ann Hui, and his work has won him numerous international honors, most recently a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlinale, for Crosscurrent. For this first American retrospective of Lee’s work, MoMA presents a diverse group of films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Japan, and France. Visit MoMA for the complete lineup and schedule. The exhibition is presented …

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Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH wins Student Visionary Award at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH, as the only Mandarin one selected by 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, was honored with the Student Visionary Awards at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 21. This film tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl, who falls for her ping pong coach as the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The jury panel contributes its success to, “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.” This film also receives $5,000 sponsored by HBO. The director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, both the current second-year film students in Columbia University, dedicated the Tribeca award to their film crew including their co-producer Chang Yu-Yen and Huang Zen, assistant director Yang Ya-Chi, cinematographer Wen Shi-Pei, production design Lin Yu-Ting, and costume design Chung Tun. PING PONG COACH is selected from 74 nominated shorts by the jury panels and given awards by Sharon Badal, Tribeca’s Vice President of Shorts Programming on Thursday evening in New York.

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TAIWAN CINEMA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

It is our pleasure to announce the symposium and film screenings in cooperation with Columbia University and Taipei Cultural Center celebrating the release of An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies edited by Jim Cheng, James Wicks, and Sachie Noguchi. 4/21/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Banana Paradise / 香蕉天堂 (Wang Tong, 1989) 1:00 p.m | What Does the Taiwan New Cinema Movement Mean 30 Years Ago? 1:45 p.m. | Dire Straits: Representation of 1949 and Wang Tong’s Cinema 3:15 p.m.| Recent Taiwan Films: Currencies & Circulations ※5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here 5:30 p.m. | Reception for the Book Release 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Buddha, Bless America / 太平天國 (Wu Nianzhen, 1996)   4/22/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 Film Screening | Maverick / 菜鳥 (Chen Wen-tang, 2015) ※7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here Film Screening | 10 + 10 (Hou Hsiao-hsien and other 19 leading directors of Taiwan, 2011)   The book project An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies …

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Fresh Taiwan Cinema Ping Pong Coach and 3 Islands debuting at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and 2016 NYC Indie Film Festival

As the only Mandarin film selected by this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), Ping Pong Coach will compete for the best short film along with other 52 films from 23 different countries. Its world premiere will be shown at TFF on Saturday, April 16 in attendance with the new talented director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, who are both the current second-year film students in Columbia University. Ping Pong Coach began its production in July 2015 with filming taking place in various locations around Taipei and Taoyuan City in Taiwan, telling a story of a fifteen-year-old girl, Tsi-An, fallen in love with her ping pong coach, who happens to be the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The other keenly observational Taiwanese film chosen for 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival, 3 Islands, directed by Lin Xinyi, will screen on Thursday, April 28. 3 Islands’ documentary images try to shift from literary writings to the actual fixing of body-scene. Adopting literature as well as the personal research and practices of artists as scripts, paralleled with reversible movements of the flesh, this film recounts the unknown history and the symptomatic interpretations of the 3 islands of East Asia. For …

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