Posts Tagged ‘film bureau’

New York Times article on the Chinese digital underground!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

In the midst of Ghost Town-New York Film Festival madness, a little newspaper called the New York Times decided to spotlight the burgeoning independent Chinese film scene in last Sunday’s edition. Reporter Kirk Semple explores the nuanced relationship (or lack thereof) between underground filmmakers like Ghost Town‘s Zhao Dayong and The Other Half‘s Ying Liang, and the Chinese government requirement that all films be approved by the state-run Film Bureau.

It’s a great educational primer for anyone seeking to understand the political context and artistic environment within which all of dGenerate Films’ filmmakers operate. Throw in a choice quote from dGenerate Films’ president Karin Chien, and you’ve got a must-read and a nice victory for us and our filmmakers.

Read the New York Times article “Indie Filmmakers: China’s New Guerillas” here

Shelly on Film: What is a Chinese Film?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Shelly Kraicer

San Yuan Li

San Yuan Li (dir. Ou Ning, 2003)

What is a Chinese film? Ever since I’ve started living and working in Beijing over six years ago, most serious discussions about Chinese cinema ultimately come down to this elemental question, either in its descriptive mode (what defines a Chinese film?) or in its more urgently prescriptive version (what should a Chinese film be?). Often, it’s filmmakers themselves who seem most anxious about the issue. Behind it lie several subsidiary anxieties: “What do Westerners want from Chinese films?”, “What’s my role in Chinese society?”, “Are films art, or commerce, or politics?”