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The Future of Chinese Independent Cinema Conference
Thu 4 May 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
The Future of Chinese Independent Cinema: Reconfiguring, Reterritorialisation, and Relocation
9:00 am–1:00 pm Anatomy Museum Academic workshops (two panels)
3:00 pm–5:00 pm Anatomy Museum Panel discussion with Q&A
(followed by screening of We the Workers - ticketed separately)
Since the late 1980s, Chinese independent cinema has been developed under the pressures of state and party policies and a rapidly neoliberalised (or neoliberalising) postsocialist economy. It has always been a public space (a term coined by Chris Berry) in which members from different social groups and economic classes, and of different genders and sexualities, actively negotiate their contesting affects towards these pressures. Under the party policy of socialist harmonious society, independent filmmakers, critics, and spectators often struggle with reaccessing, relocating, reterritorialising, and redefining these creative works––and sometimes, social acts and statements. With the new film law that came into effect on 1 April 2017, Chinese independent filmmakers and their audiences also entered another phase of negotiation.
This event seeks to provide a forum for scholars and filmmakers to discuss the future of Chinese independent cinema.
Panel Presenters and Discussants
Zhang Xianmin, Professor, Beijing Film Academy
Zhang Xianmin is Professor in Beijing Film Academy. Besides his academic work, he also acts in films including Rain Clouds over Wushan, Summer Palace, Raised from Dust, Missing, and Ce qui nous eloigne. His books include All About DV and Invisible Images. He is Founder of Indie Workshop in 2005, and he produced and coproduced features including Raised from Dust, Crossroads, Candy, Birds Island, Fujian Blue, Big Fog, Youth, The Kid, UBU, Wind/Flower/Snow/Moon, Old Donkey, and Old Dog. As Professor of the Beijing Film Academy, he supervised numerous projects. In addition, he has been Artistic Director of Heaven Pictures Beijing since 2010, and Co-Founder of Isaas (Indie Screening Alliance of Art Space and Juror in film festivals in Hong Kong, Taipei, Busan, Yunfest, CDFF, Guangzhou Doc, Fipa, Clermont-Ferrand, Cindi, Ebs, Xi’an Folk Video Festival, IFFR, Netpak, Phoenix doc., APSA, and Asian Network of Documentary.
Huang Wenhai, Director, Chinese Independent Film Association (Hong Kong)
Huang Wenhai was educated at the Beijing Film Academy and has been active as an independent filmmaker since 2001. One of his best known films is Floating Dust (2003), which got the Prix Georges Beauregard at the 16th Festival International du Documentaire in Marseille in 2005. His film We (2008) won the Horizons Special Mention award in Venice. Wen also worked as a director of photography on Wang Bing's film Three Sisters (2012).
Ma Ran, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University
MA Ran (associate professor) is currently teaching Cinema Studies-related courses at the Global-30 “Japan-in-Asia” Cultural Studies Program, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University, Japan. Her research interests include Asian independent cinemas and film festival studies, for which topics she has published several journal articles and book chapters, including recent contributions to Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (2017), Taiwan Cinema: International Reception and Social Change (2017) and upcoming anthologies such as Japanese Cinema Book (British Film Institute).
Chris Berry, Professor in Film Studies, King’s College London
Chris Berry teaches Film Studies at King's College London. His research is focused on Chinese cinema and screen-based media. His most recent book is (co-edited with Luke Robinson), Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation(2017).
Luke Robinson, Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Sussex
I trained as a historian at the undergraduate level, before studying for a masters degree in Chinese Studies and a PhD in Film and Media Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. In between I studied in Boston, Taipei and Nanjing, and worked as an investment and government relations consultant in Beijing. Before coming to Sussex in January 2014 I taught in the Department of Culture, Film and Media at the University of Nottingham.
Victor Fan, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, King’s College London
Victor Fan is Senior Lecturer at Film Studies, King’s College London and Film Consultant of the Chinese Visual Festival. His articles appeared in journals including Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen and Film History: An International Journal. His book Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory was published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press.
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King's College London, Anatomy Lecture Theatre
King's College London, Anatomy Lecture Theatre