Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) in collaboration with
Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)
Cinema Symposium 6
Sunday April 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Dodd Hall, UCLA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012
Sixth Biennial Cinema Symposium Explores “Shifting Scenes” in Contemporary Vietnamese Cinema
Los Angeles, Calif. –Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) at UCLA and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) present the sixth biennial Cinema Symposium, “Shifting Scenes,” featuring ten notable panelists who lend diverse perspectives to the creative, technical, and commercial aspects of film-making. Cinema Symposium 6 will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Dodd Hall on the UCLA campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
The diverse and accomplished speaker panel includes: Elizabeth Ai (Producer, Saigon Electric), Michael Chang (Attorney, Warner Bros. Entertainment), Chris Dinh (Actor/Writer, Crush the Skull, Things You Don't Joke About) Ellen M. Harrington (Exhibitions Director, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), Mye Hoang (Writer/Director, Viette), Le Van Kiet (Director/Writer, Dust of Life, House in the Alley), Porter Lynn (Actress, Touch), Duc Nguyen (Director/Producer, Bolinao52, Stateless), and Marcus Manh Cuong Vu (Editor/Director, Yxine Film Festival). In addition, the audience will have a special Skype session with director Victor Vu (Battle of the Brides, Blood Letter), who is currently on location in Vietnam.
This year’s symposium theme explores the “shifting scenes” of contemporary Vietnamese cinema. The possibilities for filmmakers to tell stories and for audiences to engage with cinema have greatly expanded due to ongoing “shifts,” such as the increasing fluidity of geographical and cultural boundaries, internet-based distribution and networking channels, and the accessibility of digital film-making technology. The symposium will provide a forum for audiences to engage with film-industry professionals in examining the unique opportunities and challenges that present themselves in this dynamic landscape. Each panelist will share with the audience his/her experiences, challenges, and achievements which may include current or completed projects. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the dialogue with panelists. After the discussion, there will be a special screening of the best short films from Yxine Film Festival.
Cinema Symposium was created in 2002 by VAALA and VNLC and held every other year at UCLA to forge and strengthen a network between professionals working in the film industry and students with an interest in film and Vietnamese culture. Occurring in between the biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), the symposium maintains the momentum and excitement for Vietnamese cinema on a non-festival year through continuing to promote works by or about Vietnamese culture and identities. The symposium also highlights the important work of industry professionals in front of and behind the camera, which has helped enrich Vietnamese cinema internationally.
The program of the event is as the following:
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Reception & Introductory remarks
Ysa Le & Linda Ta
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Panel discussion and showcase of film clips
Moderators: Thuy Vo Dang & Justin Tran
5:30 – 5:45 p.m. Break
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Special screenings of short films followed by Q&A
· Cá chuối / Mother never cries (2011) Director: Đỗ Quốc Trung 15:34 min.
The story is about a middle-aged woman who finds a girl to sleep with her mentally-challenged son.
· Dưới bóng cây / Under the Tree’s Shadow (2011) Director: Đoàn Trần Anh Tuấn 07:00 min. Due to a boasting from Mouse, Snake takes Frog away. Mouse goes to save Frog, actually with another purpose.
· Un Interrogatoire / An Interrogation (2011) Director: Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang 15:56 min. After her wedding with a Frenchman, a Vietnamese student is interviewed for her residence permit.
· The Man Who Was There (2009) Director: Andy Nguyễn 11:58 min.
It’s Christmas Eve in New York, a man who lives alone leaves his flat for the first time in 8 years because of a silly reason and, fortunately, a girl helps him.
Asian Pacific Coalition
East West Players
UC Irvine Department of Asian American Studies
UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
UCLA Asian American Studies Department
Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine
Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County
USA Contingency Programming Fund
Cultural Affairs Commission Programming Fund