Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:30 p.m. at Dodd Hall 121, UCLA
Vietnamese Language & Culture (VNLC) and the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) present the sixth biennial Cinema Symposium: Shifting Scenes. The symposium will feature ten notable panelists who lend diverse perspectives to the creative, technical, and commercial aspects of film-making. 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 event 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. Cinema Symposium 6 will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Dodd Hall 121 on the UCLA campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
March 17 - April 1, 2012
Opening reception, Sat. March 17, 4-7pm
Much of life is premised on cycles. As humans, we are born, grow up, and eventually die. During this process, we give birth to other human beings who perpetuate the genes that we ourselves had inherited. Even the heights of the Himalayas will one day become piles of sand, and the process begins again. This art exhibition presents how visual artists of Vietnamese descent have addressed the theme “Cycles of Life” in their work. It offers for examination whether aspects of culture (Vietnamese / American / other) have influenced the artists’ understanding and interpretation of this theme. Simultaneously, it aims to show how the artists themselves belong to larger cycles of artistic influence. In positioning one generation of artists adjacent to another generation, the exhibit asks if there are threads of stylistic, cultural, and thematic influence or continuity between artists and artworks.