Venue: Post Museum (Back Room), 107+109 Rowell Rd, Singapore
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Website ( http://halfelephant.wordpress.com )
An Asia-Pacific filmmakers and moving-image artists collective founded by current students and alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a young group, Half Elephant hopes to actively promote the production, exhibition and distribution of alternative film and video in the region, as well as to provide a platform for dialogue and collaboration between filmmakers and artists across nation borders in Asia Pacific.
Many of the works selected in the program are fruits of collaborative labors involving multiple members of the collective; one can say that the Half Elephant collective is an umbrella under which a closely knitted group of filmmakers and artists grew alongside each other in their art, constantly challenging each other to push the boundaries of filmic forms.
Entry fees: $8 (inclusive of 1 non-alcoholic drink), $12 (inclusive of 1 beer)
The screening is a showcase of nine short films and videos from current members of Half Elephant. Many of the works transcend the traditional understanding of genre in film and video, by combining elements of narrative, experimental, animation and documentary.
The films are all made in either America or Europe by filmmakers of Asian nationality. It is interesting to consider the manner in which the films assimilate the western culture and landscape, even to use them to create a temporal space that dwells into the roots of eastern philosophy, family values and Diasporic identities. The program also brings into question the notion of “Asian American”, thinking about the theoretical framework in which this ethnical classification can be re-considered in the context of these films.
1. THE BOX AND THE CAMERA
by Brian Oh
7 mins, B/W 16mm Film, Korea/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
A 7-minute long take depicting the relationship between a father and son. The setting, a vast barren landscape, fittingly represents the emotional distance between the two characters. With little dialogue, subtle affection and strain is shown between the two as they engage in separate activities and a sense of irony is created in the display of a bonding experience between a father and son.
2. WAS MT. FUJI REALLY THERE?
by Lee Mi Sa
8 mins, Video, Korea/Japan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
After having a dream of her dead brother who died ten years ago, the filmmaker Lee Mi Sa acts as herself, wishing that she could remember him. She goes to Japan, following traces of the dream.
3. THE MISSING KIDS
by Emily Wang and Ko Kaleng
3 mins, Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
We store our past in DV, TV, and cell phone, which alter our memory through repetition.
4. BUBBLE JAR
by Angela Kim
3 mins, 16mm Film, Korea/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
The work is developed from a combination of nihilism and Buddhism. We don’t realize how much people compete with each other and live very intense lives, but there is no need to suffer, because our human beings are very weak and eventually will die. This could be thought as human beings living for nothing, but all human beings will die and will become part of nature in a different form. Therefore, everything can be meaningless and there is no need to struggle in your life.
5. TALES OF SWIMMING POOL
by Tulapop Saenjaroen
14 mins, Video, Thailand/USA, 2008, (Rating PG)
I don’t know how to swim; I’m learning. I don’t know the reason why I’m practicing swimming; I’m searching.
6. BEST WISHES
by Ko Kaleng
10 mins, 16mm Film, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
At the day of her wedding, two women make their best wishes to each other.
10 MINS. INTERMISSION
by Emily Wang
3 mins, Animation/Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
Mr. Soymilk and Mrs. Donut travels though time in their honeymoon.
8. THE INNER CITY
by Liao Jiekai
18 mins, Video, Singapore/Spain/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)
Three filmmakers traveled together in Barcelona. One of them chose to document the journey spontaneously.
9. NOWHERE ISLAND
by Hsu Ya-Ting
23 mins, HD Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating PG)
Immigrant worker, Shasha, comes to USA to search a better life and chase her small dream. Even though she has to deal with alienation and isolation in this big country as an outsider, she still keeps silent and is tolerant of everything happening around her. Until one day she got the phone call from her hometown…She knows her dream will never come true.