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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:


Free 6th Generation Screenings and Symposium in Rochester

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Thomas Mao (dir. Zhu Wen)

The Rochester Institute of Technology has kicked off a multi-week series of free screenings in Rochester of Sixth Generation Chinese films. The series will continue through the weekend of October 7-9, culminating with a series of panel discussions with leading Chinese cinema experts. The final panel, “What is the Future of Chinese cinema?” will include 6th Generation filmmaker Zhu Wen and will be moderated by dGenerate Films’ Kevin Lee.

Here’s the full press release and schedule, courtesy of Rochester Institute of Technology:

Independent filmmakers from mainland China, whose films have won at Cannes, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, premiere their work in Rochester starting Tuesday, Sept. 21.

With the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, Rochester Institute of Technology will be hosting a series of film screenings culminating with a two-day symposium featuring writers and scholars of Chinese cinema. Among the guests will be acclaimed filmmaker and author Zhu Wen who has been intimately involved in the tight Beijing filmmaking community that has given rise to many of the most famous Sixth Generation films. The Oct. 8 and 9 symposium will look at issues surrounding new Chinese cinema. All events are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

“In the United States, there are only a handful of writers and even less filmmakers that have any real knowledge of these wonderful films, mainly because they are screened only at festivals and aren’t all distributed,” says Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, professor in RIT’s School of Film and Animation. “Yet these filmmakers are some of the freshest voices in contemporary media – filmmakers making films for arts’ sake – censored, almost completely underground and without any legal public venue for national distribution.”

The following are the film screenings: