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Sundance Channel To Present Chinese Mini-Fest

Sundance Channel To Present Chinese Mini-Fest

by Mark Rabinowitz




March takes a decidedly Asian look on Sundance Channel with the airing of
"Sundance Channel Filmfest: Chinese Indies" airing throughout the month on
the indie outlet. The fest also includes the original Sundance Channel
production "Electric Shadows: Chinese Indies," directed by acclaimed
filmmaker Christine Choy, chair of Graduate Film and Television at NYU. The
six feature-length films screening as part of the festival include the
television premiere of Wong Kar-Wai's award winning "Chungking Express," a
film chosen by Quentin Tarantino to be the debut film released by his
Rolling Thunder division of Miramax; Ang Lee's directorial debut "Pushing
Hands
" (1992); John Woo's classic Hong Kong action film "Hard-Boiled"
(1992); the Christine Choy/Renee Tajima-Pena Oscar nominated documentary
"Who Killed Vincent Chin?" (1988); Zhang Yimou's Academy Award nominated
1995 film "Shanghai Triad," and Tony Chan's "Combination Platter."


"Shadows" is a 30 minute documentary shot, according to Choy, virtually in
one-to-one ratio (meaning almost everything shot was used) in six weeks. During
a telephone conversation on Thursday, Choy described the genesis of the
project. "It was rather strange. They (Sundance) came to me and Dalton
Delan (formally at Sundance Channel) asked 'Can you do it for under
$20,000?' I said yes, and the next day was the opening night for Wayne
Wang's 'Chinese Box,' so we got a crew and shot it." Unfortunately, the
Channel didn't receive the clearances to use the "Chinese Box" footage. The
directors that most impressed Choy were John Woo and Ang Lee, noting that
"Ang Lee is a very sensitive individual," pointing out that to capture the
spirit of the times in "The Ice Storm" without having lived through the
time in the United States takes a very sensitive person.


[The Filmfest kicks off on March 4th with an airing of Chan's "Combination
Platter". In addition, five of the seven films will air on the weekend of
March 14-15.]

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