Short Films Block 2: Perception

View virtually Saturday August 14 - Sunday August 22

There are two Short Films Blocks.

Live Short Film Block 2: Director Q&A will be Wed August 18 at 7pm (PDT).

Swingin’ 輕鬆搖擺
Director: Shang-Sing Guo 郭尚興

When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, his stepfather Howard, a flamboyant Jazz trumpet player, must confront his own nightmares of childhood bulling before he can provide his son a feeling of security.

Swingin' is the first dramedy/music film of its kind since Taiwan became the first (and only as of today) country in Asia to legalize same-sex in 2019.

 

十一歲的球球有一對同志爸爸,大家都笑他一定也是GAY!故事發生的這天,他終於向全世界證明他可是很 MAN 的!

 

Director Shan-Sing Guo:

An alumnus of Berlinale Talents and NYU Graduate Film Program, GUO writes, directs and acts for both film and theatre. Notable works include Kong Peh Tshat or: How I Learned to Tell a Lie (2012) that competed in festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and Only Meal of the Day (2010) that traveled to festivals worldwide.

 

郭尚興 導演 : 台灣導演郭尚興跨足編劇、導演、及演出,活躍於電影與劇場界。紐約大學電影創作所藝術碩士、柏林影展新銳營導演。知名短片包括《說白賊》(2012)、《一碗麵》(2010)。

Year: 2020

Length: 23 min

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A Little Bird Told Me that… 聽說他這個人
Director: Po-Shun Lu 呂柏勳

The (fake) director invites some friends / interviewees to describe “Mx. ZE” and asks all of them two questions: “How do you think Mx. ZE is?” & “Can you talk more about your memories with Mx. ZE?” Some people cry, and some people laugh, as if “Mx. ZE” were everyone’s best friend. After all the interview is done, the (real) director shows the interview footage to other random strangers, who just know “Mx. ZE” by words and stories of the others. Then, the director asks those strangers to produce a face of “Mx. ZE” by his or her impressions based on the footage. Strangely, “Mx. ZE” looks completely different and seems to have multiple personalities?! How can this be? Does “Mx. ZE” really exists in the real world? Or, is this just a social experimental game that tests the limit of gossip / stereotype?   

 

此實驗性短片帶領觀眾深入刻板印象與流言蜚語的核心。透過群眾受邀觀賞並參與實驗短片的創作,「聽說他這個人」的議題被層層堆疊至思辨的高峰。在當今社會與網路社群文化下,人云亦云聽說的「他」到底是怎樣的一個人呢? 

 

Director Po-Shun Lu: 

Director Po-Shun Lu (BiDiu) was born in 1992, Yun-Lin County, Taiwan. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Communication & Arts and has a simultaneous degree at the Department of Motion Picture, both from National Taiwan University of Arts. Now, LU is a visual storyteller and graphic designer. With his first and extraordinary short WILD TIDES (2017), he won: Best Director Awards both at Taipei Film Festival as well as Golden Harvest Short Film Festival. Moreover, the title was chosen by many film festivals around the world, including IFVA, H.K. and First Film Festival, China. This year, LU will debut multiple works, starting with this interesting mockumentary: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME THAT…(2021)


台灣導演呂柏勳作品常以個人經歷出發,關注影像如何梳理個人生命史,進而擴及至族群的集體狀態。國立臺灣藝術大學圖文傳播藝術學系、雙主修電影學系。首部劇情短片《野潮》(2016)榮獲多項大獎。本部短片獲第43屆金穗獎最佳實驗片入圍。

Year: 2020

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Hello from Taiwan 你好,從台灣來的
Director: Tiffany Frances 黃咏婷

本片為美國電影學院透過AFI DWW 計畫贊助完成。

 

Director Frances: 黃咏婷是台裔美籍導演與劇作家。其作品跨足商業廣告、音樂MV、與敘事型短片。編導風格著重人物刻畫及影像流動性,擅長挖掘那些經常被忽視的聲音與女性的輪廓,將劇情張力定格在虛實的片刻中。黃咏婷為2020 年美國電影學院American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) 獲選人。

Year: 2020

Master of Divinity
Director: Eugene Suen 孫向辰

Josh is a struggling filmmaker and ex-seminarian living in LA’s Koreatown. All is well relatively speaking- until one night, his deeply religious wife Irene tells him that God is calling her to quit her job. Starring Jun Kim (“West 32nd”, “Late Autumn”) and Jennifer Soo (“For Izzy”), edited by Oscar-nominated director Daniel Raim (“Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story”), and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (“Munyurangabo”), “Master of Divinity” is an incisive contemporary comedy about the complicated nature of religious beliefs and human relationship. Written and directed by Eugene Suen in his directorial debut.

 

這個家中住著工作壓力爆表的虔誠基督徒老婆,與再也不相信上帝的待業導演老公。那天在禱告會上,不只牧師、連老公也接收到了神的旨意! 

 

Director Eugene Suen:

Eugene Suen (Writer, Director, Producer) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. He was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. He's produced several award-winning films, including "Abigail Harm" by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Amanda Plummer and Will Patton, which was an official selection at Busan, Torino, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Best Director at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He attended seminary and has worked in film development and as an English-Chinese film consultant. “Master of Divinity” is his directorial debut.

 

台裔美籍孫向辰導演在台灣出生,青少年時期移民至美國。曾於神學院就讀。製作過多部獲獎影片,並為中英雙語影片擔任顧問。本部喜劇短片是他首次執導的處女作。

Year: 2019

What I Wish You Said
Director: Tiffany Frances 黃咏婷

在#MeToo 運動逐漸受到社會大眾的關注,是什麼讓有些人選擇了沉默?而當她鼓起勇氣說出傷痕時,你聽見了嗎?

 

Director Frances: 黃咏婷是台裔美籍導演與劇作家。其作品跨足商業廣告、音樂MV、與敘事型短片。編導風格著重人物刻畫及影像流動性,擅長挖掘那些經常被忽視的聲音與女性的輪廓,將劇情張力定格在虛實的片刻中。黃咏婷為2020 年美國電影學院American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) 獲選人。

Year: 2019