Banning the Future

When 22 Aug 2013
Where School of Visual Arts (SVA)
136 West 21st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10011
United States

Thursday, August 22 2013, 7-9pm

Screening & Talk: A first look at videos shot by the film students placed under house arrest in Beijing and how they used social media to complete their journey into the countryside. Discussion to follow.

In July, New York-based artist Jane Hsu served on the jury for documentary films at the 10th Beijing Independent Film Festival with director Feng Yang and writer Zhang Xianmin. The film festival is part of the Li Xianting Film Fund, based in the Beijing artist community of Songzhuang. However, the government has cut off electricity during the film festival for the past two years, so the films are screened in the private homes of local artists.

The Beijing Independent Film Festival also holds an independent film workshop for students in July.
This year, the Chinese police held the film students on house arrest for 24 hours in their hotel before classes started. The students were forced to disband, but managed to continue the workshop four hours away in the countryside with the help of social media. They have not only continued their classes, but as young directors, these students are currently editing a film about the situation.

These events have inspired Hsu to organize the program, The Post-Olympic Movement in China: Chinese film, media and performance. For four consecutive Thursdays in August, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City will host a series of talks and screenings that will share the work of the film students and address issues of art production in China.

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