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Interview with dGenerate’s Kevin Lee – appearing at U. Illinois and RIT this week

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

dGenerate's Kevin Lee (right) with director Liu Jiayin at the Beijing Sanlitun Apple Store

Christen Cornell of Artspace China interviews Kevin Lee, dGenerate’s VP of Programming and Education, on dGenerate’s work in building a distribution channel for Chinese films in North America.

Kevin will be appearing at two campus events this week. On Tuesday October 5 at 3:30, Kevin will present a lecture “Chinese cinema from the Fifth Generation to the d-Generation” at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Illinois. At 7pm at the Spurlock he will present Du Haibin‘s documentary 1428. The events are part of the AsiaLENS Documentary and Independent Film Series sponsored by the Asian Educational Media Service of the University of Illinois.

The following weekend Kevin will attend a symposium on Sixth Generation Chinese cinema at the Rochester Institute of Technology. On Saturday October 9 at 5pm, he will moderate a panel discussion on “What’s the future for Chinese Cinema?” Details can be found here.

Here is an excerpt from the interview with Artspace China (full interview can be found at:


Kevin Lee Discusses 1428 on Illinois Public Media – Screening and talk tomorrow at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Monday, October 4th, 2010

1428 (dir. Du Haibin)

Tuesday October 5, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will host two events showcasing China’s independent film scene. At 3:30, Kevin Lee, dGenerate’s VP of Programming and Education, will present “Chinese Cinema From the Fifth Generation to the d-Generation” At 7:30, there will be a screening of 1428, Du Haibin’s acclaimed documentary about the the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Both events will be held at Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium. 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL. Sponsored by the Asian Educational Media Service. Details at the AEMS website and at our event page.

Illinois Public Media interviewed Kevin Lee, about the 1428 and Chinese independent cinema. The full interview can be heard at Illinois Public Media’s website. Here is an excerpt:

A wave of filmmakers from the mid-’90s onward have taken up the mission of showing China in an accurate, realistic and questioning light, showing how social policies affect people on a day to day basis. So I’ll be giving some examples of the best achievements of these types of films. And then we’ll be showing 1428, which is a wonderful documentary that exemplifies so much of what is unique and important about these types of films.

The screening of 1428 is part of a nationwide tour of 1428, featuring director Du Haibin. Details on the tour can be found here.

CinemaTalk: Jia Zhangke in conversation with dGenerate’s Kevin B. Lee

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

dGenerate Films' Kevin B. Lee (right) pays tribute to Jia Zhangke at the Museum of Modern Art

On March 8 the Museum of Modern Art hosted “An Evening with Jia Zhangke,” where the renowned director spoke about his career and shared excerpts of his work, including a four minute preview of “I Wish I Knew,” his new documentary on Shanghai set to premiere later this year. Jia Zhangke’s longtime muse Zhao Tao also addressed the audience about her role in Jia’s films.

The second half of the evening comprised of a conversation between Jia, critic and programmer Howard Feinstein (who programmed a Jia retrospective at last year’s Sarajevo Film Festival), and dGenerate’s Kevin B. Lee. Fortunately we shot video of most of the event, which are embedded below in several segments.

On-stage translation was conducted by Vincent Cheng Tzu-wen. Videos after the break.