EVENT: M.F.A. Lab @RAN #7: Oscars Go Dragon Boating!

One Child Still

The unparalleled M.F.A. Lab returns Saturday, May 31 with seven narrative, experimental, documentary and animated films by talented filmmakers of Chinese descent. The directors will be in attendance or will join via Skype for Q&A sessions.  If you’d like you can RSVP at the event’s Facebook page.

The Dragon Boat Festival is around the corner, and end of May marks the one year anniversary of the special screening of So Young.  People who attended So Young last year get in for free.  For newcomers, the ticket includes a serving of drink and snacks.

Saturday, May 31, 6 – 8:30 PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
$10/admission, food and drink included

Here are the films that will be screened:

The Private Life of Fenfen
Dir. Leslie Tai | 29 min | Stanford University
A sort of reality show, the film follows three years of 24 year old Fenfen, from hopeful to weary, through her video diary and viewers’ reactions to scenes from it as they are screened in a restaurant, a hair salon, and other public places.  The film was an Official Selection at IDFA Paradocs 2013 and at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight 2014.

So You’ve Grown Attached
Dir. Kate Tsang | 15min | New York University
An imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement when his creator/best friend starts to grow up.  The film was named Best Narrative Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Independent Film Festival Boston and Atlanta Film Festival.

Higher Sky
Dir. Cheng Teng | 5min | University of Southern California
In a breathtakingly beautiful jungle, a monkey and a swallow have a Kung fu encounter.  This short was a winner in the Animation category at 2014 Student Academy Awards.  You can view a teaser here.

Screenshot from Higher Sky

Screenshot from Higher Sky

Red Fog
Dir. Fan He | 3min | City College of New York
In the year 2032, a girl in a dystopian China asks her father how he met with her mom. One of my favorites from M.F.A. Lab’s science fiction screening from a few weeks ago.  Sinovision interviewed the director last month:

Door God
Dir. Yulin Liu | 22min | New York University
A 7-year old girl, Lingli, has been waiting more than two years for her mom to come home. When Chinese New Year finally arrives, the “mother” she has been waiting for turns out to bring irreversible changes to her and her family.  This short was a winner in the Narrative category at 2014 Student Academy Awards.   See the director talk about the film:

Light Mind
Dir. Jie Yi | 10min | School of the Visual Arts
This short documentary is about Steven Erra, a “sight impaired” photographer and artist who “paints” with light.  This short was a finalist in the Documentary category at 2014 Student Academy Awards.

One Child
Dir. Zijian Mu | 39min | New York University
Three households set off on distinct paths after losing their only children to the May 12, 2008 Sichuan Earthquake which killed 69,197 people, injured 374,176 people, and left at least 5 million people homeless.  The consequences of the long-implemented one-child policy emerge poignantly on top of the unspeakable loss.  This film was the winner of the 2013 Sidney Gross Memorial Prize and is a winner in the Documentary category at 2014 Student Academy Awards.  

Image: Still from One Child