Joe Kim, from the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating this great line up of films (and a K-Pop dance party!) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next month. For more info on these events, click here or scroll below.
Sunday, March 16th, 1pm
We kick off the Korean film series with a screening of the North Korean documentary “A State of Mind”, filmmaker Daniel Gordon’s beautifully photographed film that takes the viewer deep into the culture of this isolated land than ever before. This program begins with a conversation with British director Daniel Gordon (who also recently directed the ESPN 30 For 30 film “9.79*”) followed by a screening of A State of Mind. It should be a great program and discussion.
The film series continues each Wednesday in April at 6pm with screenings of:
April 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)
A vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea’s greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop. Directed by master filmmaker Im Kwon-taek.
April 9: Sunny
An unexpectedly big hit in South Korea, “Sunny” is a heartwarming coming of age comedy that will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another’s lives. Featuring a soundtrack of American 80′s pop hits. Feel free to come dressed in your 80′s best!
April 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth.
April 23: Planet B-Boy
Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams. Featuring a b-boy performance after the film.
April 30: The Yellow Sea
Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller with amazing action reminiscent of the Bourne series from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).
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Fri, March 28, 5-9:45pm: Art After 5 K-Pop Dance Party & Fashion Show (FREE Event)
Student designers from the fashion department of the Art Institute of Philadelphia kick off the evening by showcasing runway looks using professional models. This evening also features a K-pop (Korean pop) performance, a mini dance class, and a dance party in the museum!
Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm (Mar 19, 26, May 7, 14, 21)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.
No Film School posted this really great list of grants with deadlines this spring for documentary and narrative films. Mark your calendars and get to work!
I somehow slept on the release of Season 4 of FUTURESTATES earlier in 2013 and am just now catching up on this collection of short films online. FUTURESTATES is one of the more understated and exciting of ITVS’ projects–each season they solicit indie filmmakers to create short narrative pieces that transform complex social issues into visions of our world in the decades to come. Season 4 features shorts by seven filmmakers including Rose Troche (Go Fish, L Word), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (On the Ice) and several others whose work you may be familiar with (even if you don’t know them by name).
DATES: March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 & April 16
TIME: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania (3805 Locust Walk)
A boot camp for women writers of color, this multi-genre workshop invites literary artists working in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to share and develop their writing and transform their work habits. Each participant will submit their work for discussion and critique by their peers. Participants will complete in-class writing exercises and prompts, as well as short homework assignments. This workshop will be most useful for writers who are working on a project on which they would like feedback, or who are ready to jumpstart a new project. It will meet for a total of five sessions, the first of which will be an organizational meeting. Enrollment is limited to 12.
The Flaherty Seminar has announced their 2014 theme–Turning the Inside Out–and curators, Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy. Early registration is now open!
Description of this year’s program:
The Flaherty’s 60th Anniversary Seminar probes the essence and frontiers of the form that inspired its beginnings: the documentary. Turning the Inside Out examines the state of documentary as it travels between the art gallery, the cinema, and the interactive screen. In an era of colliding genres and mediums, what holds documentary together from the inside out? What can a radical, Godardian, focus on the form of documentary reveal about the politics, poetics, and ethics of making media today?
To answer these questions, we turn to a unique group of documentary artists – some of whom produce new aesthetic idioms for documentary beyond the black box, and others who move seamlessly between media without changing their vocabulary. Together they ask: which genre (essay film, autobiography, docufiction) and exhibition form (gallery installation, web-based platform) best supports the expression of an idea? That is, how can form optimize documentary’s potential to connect us to unfamiliar places, objects, or situations? In confronting the effectiveness of form, these works amplify new and unexpected tensions: between the need to participate and the desire to withdraw, between aesthetic expression and direct action, between staying inside or going out.
The International House of Philadelphia is hosting an unique line up of over 60 avant-garde and commercial films that have been key to redefining sex in the West explore the “political and artistic tumult of the 1960s and ‘70s and its effect on contemporary culture.” The series, which runs through February 15th, features appearances and talks by several of the original filmmakers and influential film historians. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but for those of you who are film history buffs it’s not to be missed! If it helps appease your prudish side, the series is funded by a grant from Pew. How’s that for official endorsement as “art”? More details and schedule (with work safe images!) here.
Control / Dir: Anton Corbijn
This weekend we watched the 2007 narrative film “Control” (via iTunes purchase) partly for my own personal education of the history of electronic music–which has been an interest these days–and partly because my sweetheart is obsessed with New Order, the band that evolved out of Joy Division after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. If that ending was a spoiler, then this film is not for you. Continue reading
I posted my 2013 Book List but realized I never got around to posting my 2013 Movie List. If you’re looking for ideas of films to add to your queue, here it is below! It’s separated out into three categories (Narrative, Documentary, Experimental) with an indicator of how/where I was able to watch it (note: some of the ones marked “Film Festival” were actually at the Flaherty Seminar, which is not quite a film festival in reality but I just listed it like that in my records). I’m excited that my number of films viewed is increasing every year since it’s been a goal for me to watch and study film more!
The Leeway Foundation recently posted video documentation of their day-long symposium “Revolve” held earlier this year. This video is an interesting panel discussion on the connections between social activism and artistic practice. How do artists place themselves in social movements? How do those movements create space for artists? Moderated by Jeff Chang (author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation) the panel features: Melanie Cervantes, Mia Nakano, Roberto Bedoya, and Ryann Holmes.
Are you an emerging or established Latin American or Latino/a filmmaker working in the US or abroad? The 2014 Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival has opened up their 2014 film festival for submissions from the public. Deadline is February 7, 2014. Details below and at www.flaff.org! Please help spread the word.