Posts Tagged ‘digital video’

DV Management Regulation in the People’s Republic of China

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

In the New York Times article “Indie Filmmakers: China’s New Guerillas” reporter Kirk Semple mentions an “undefined gray area” in which today’s digital independent filmmakers work under the close watch (and occasional intervention) of the government. As a background information resource, we have procured and translated the official government statement concerning the monitoring of digital video work in China, issued in 2004, and referred to whenever a party is prosecuted for making, distributing or exhibiting illegal films in China.

Notice on Strengthening DV Management in Theater, Television and on the Internet” was officially issued on May 24th, 2004 by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. The following is a translation of its main part:

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Liu Jiayin’s Oxhide II wins at CinDi Seoul

Monday, August 31st, 2009

On Tuesday, August 25, the 3rd Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi) film festival in Seoul, Korea concluded with director Liu Jiayin’s feature Oxhide II receiving the Blue Chameleon Award, chosen by a jury of international critics. The film, which was invited to the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, also received an audience award, the White Chameleon.

Liu Jiayin is one of the youngest and most promising independent filmmakers in the Digital Video movement in China. She made her first feature Oxhide, a dGenerate title, when she was twenty-three, and served as writer, director, cinematographer, as well as a character in the three-character film. Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves in an intimate portrait of a father’s leather bag business and a family’s anxiety over its decline. Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this intimate portrait, with unprecedented access of a working-class Chinese family. In an review on Cinema Scope, Shelly Kraicer praised the film as “the most important Chinese film of the past several years–and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country.”

Oxhide II, Liu’s second feature, is the sequel to Oxhide and continues to follow the fate of the same business and the same family. Using real time in the shoot, the film takes place when the family gathers to make and eat dumplings, a quintessential family ritual in China. In an interview with Fanhall Films, Liu Jiayin mentioned that in Oxhide II, she reduces the dramatic quality of Oxhide in order to present a “diluted” (xishi) life.

Launched in July 2007, CinDi aims at discovering, presenting and supporting a new generation of digital films and filmmakers in Asia. Chinese-language films covered half of this year’s program. Xu Tong’s documentary Wheat Harvest won the top Red Chamelon Award, for which the Chinese independent director Lou Ye (director of Suzhou River and Summer Palace) served in the jury. Lou’s film Spring Fever was the opening night film of the festival.

Changing the World (but don’t take our word for it!)

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
SFGate Homepage featuring Ying Liang

SFGate Homepage featuring Ying Liang

What a nice surprise to see our very own Ying Liang, director of Taking Father Home and The Other Half, peering at us from the homepage of the San Francisco Chronicle‘s website. And what an even nicer surprise to read the great article by Jeff Yang (formerly of A Magazine fame) tying dGenerate Films, and the films and filmmakers we represent, into the digital media revolution enabling independent voices from historically media-oppressed nations to be heard.

Yang and (we) agree we’ve come a long way from the government censorship of Tiananmen Square media coverage to today’s digitally-driven, people-powered media movement occurring in countries like China and Iran thanks to new technologies like Twitter, Facebook, and digital video. Give it a read here.

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