Short Cuts V: Resilient Structures

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Block B (Chris Chong Chan-Fui, 2008)Short Cuts V: Resilient Structures
Thursday February 25, at 6pm
Northwest Film Center
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, 97205 Portland, OR, USA
Co-Presented with the Northwest Film Center

For the 2010 Portland International Film Festival Cinema Project brings a selection of contemporary film and video from Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Focusing on natural and man-made structures and the spaces in-between, each of these works reveals a variety of dynamic relations from frame to space and from history to environment. Daichi Saito’s entirely hand-processed film Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis examines the natural language of a familiar Canadian landscape while Chris Chong Chan Fui’s modernist exchange on public and private space in Block B presents a surprisingly telling view of an apartment block in Kuala Lumpur. From Tomonari Nishikawa is Lumphini 2552, black-and-white images of plants and trees shot using a 35mm still camera at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. The result is a surprisingly emotional construction of rhythm and movement. And from Shiho Kano's Shinonome Omogo Ishizuchi is a transcendental travelogue inspired by filmmaker Mansaku Itami. Finally, Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Chieh-Jen’s Empire's Borders I examines the process that Taiwanese citizens endure when applying for a United States visa.

- Lumphini 2552 by Tomonari Nishikawa [USA/Japan, 2009, 35mm, b&w, sound, 3 min.]
Black-and-white images of plants and trees taken with a 35mm still camera at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park construct an emotional rhythm and illusion of movement of beautiful defamiliarization.
- Shinonome Omogo Ishizuchi by Shiho Kano [Japan, 2008, video, color, sound, 15 min.]
A travelogue of images inspired by filmmaker Mansaku Itami, including visits to Shinonome Shrine, Omogo Valley and Ishizuchi Mountain in Ehime, Japan.
- Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis by Daïchi Saïto [Canada/Japan, 2009, 35mm, color, sound, 10 min.]
Accompanied by the contrapuntal violin of Malcolm Goldstein, Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis examines the natural language of a familiar landscape: the formations of maple trees and the spaces they inhabit as poetic expressions of visual and aural patterns.
- Block B by Chris Chong Chan-Fui [Malaysia, 2008, 35mm, color, sound, 20 min.]
A stationary camera looks from one apartment block in a Kuala Lumpur neighborhood directly onto another. As a modernist interchange of private and public space, Block B attempts to grasp the scope and use of monolithic architecture.
- Empire's Borders I by Chen Chieh-Jen [Taiwan, 2009, 35mm transferred to video, color, sound, 27 min.]
Chen Chieh Jen explores the various and sundry checks that Taiwanese citizens must endure when applying for a U.S. visa and how the “empire” employs every means to maintain an imperialist control.

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