The North America Chinese Directors Short Film Tour showcases emerging Chinese filmmakers who have studied filmmaking in North American schools. Touring from New York, to Washington DC, Boston, and LA, the San Francisco screening will be the U.S. Closing Night. Witness the Chinese New Wave with a special selection of short films. Free admission for SFAI Students!
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker guests Yijian Lou楼以渐 (producer, Once Upon A Time in Space), Leky Lin林磊琪 (producer, The Lottery), and Lin Wang王林 (director, Death in a Day). An after-party will follow the screening event at a nearby venue for audiences and filmmakers to mingle and connect.
The following films will be featured:
DEATH IN A DAY | 浮生一日
Dir. Lin Wang (Chapman University) | Drama/Fantasy| 14 min
After visiting his comatose father, Evan, a young Chinese boy, must come to grips with the impending death falling upon their family.
MY DAD’S A ROCKER | 老摇滚
Dir. Zuxin Hou (University of Southern California) | Documentary | 29 min
This is a documentary about a 60-year-old man who is part of the first generation of Chinese rockers. After being sidelined for three years due to a stroke, he is now ready to compose again.
THE LOTTERY | 彩票
Dir. Hanrui Wang (Academy of Art University) | Musical/Drama | 13 min
Billy, a starving orphan, steals a winning lottery ticket from the town drunkard only to later question and doubt his own morality.
A BUMPY RIDE | 颠疯之路
Dir. Chang Shu (Ringling College of Art and Design) | Animation | 2 min
Too short to meet the height requirement, a small girl tries to ride a roller coaster at all costs.
SILENT KINGDOM | 寂静的王国
Dir. Zhong Ren (New York Film Academy) | Drama | 25 min
Katie and Tony are both terminally ill. They meet at the hospital and bring each other love, optimism, and peace in their final days through the companionship.
WHEN SUMMER COMES | 夏至七日
Dir. Kori Hoo (New York Film Academy)| Comedy/Drama | 12 min
A nerdy girl and a terminally ill old man go on a crazy yet heartwarming journey looking for spirits in summer.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN SPACE | 宇宙往事
Dir. Qishi Li (Academy of Art University) | Sci-fi | TRT: 20 min
An astronaut is on a solo mission to colonize a distant habitable planet as the last hope for humanity, as his ship encounters disaster, he has to make a decision between his life and the mission.
Curated by Bo Fone