On the Edge: New Chinese independent cinema in context
Under the control of the state, Chinese filmmakers are often deprived the freedoms that artists in other countries take for granted. “The act of making a film has to be approved at each step,” documentary filmmaker Jian Yi told NPR in an interview last year. “If it’s a sensitive film, it’s difficult to get that approval.”
But with the widespread adoption of digital video technology and DIY editing software, independent filmmaking flourishes in China. This weekend, get a rare glimpse of some of the most exciting young contemporary filmmaking talent as the Film Society invites a select group of Chinese independent filmmakers to appear and show their work during On the Edge: New Independent Cinema from China 2009 April 24-26. Though little viewed in China, these films have made an impressive mark on the international stage: several have received major festival awards, and filmmakers Zhang Lü and Ying Liang are hailed as two of the most promising talents working anywhere today.
To get you primed for the series, we’re thrilled to be able to offer this podcast Kevin Lee created for the dGenerate Films blog. In the podcast, Kevin speaks with the Film Society’s Richard Peña about specific titles in the series and the overall state of independent filmmaking in China.
And be sure to join us at the Film Society to meet these talented filmmakers this weekend!