EMERGING VISIONS: New Voices in Korean American Short Film

Thursday December 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Anthology Film Archives
(32 Second Avenue NYC)

Jae ho Chang/Liz Chae/Do Hyung Kim/Susie Lim, Short Film& Documentary&Animation, Grade All, 90 minutes

The Korean Cultural Service presents EMERGING VISIONS : New Voices in Korean American Short Film at Anthology Film Archives, on December 18th.  This program will launch a unique platform for the emerging voices of contemporary Korean American short filmmaking in New York City.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers. Free admission to all screenings.  TRT: 61 min  

The Last Vacation (Narrative / DV / 11 min / Color / 2006) 
by Jae-Ho Chang

Amidst wintry winds and crashing waterfalls, a mother and son contemplate their last remaining moments together on this final journey.  

The Last Mermaids (HD / 19 min / Color / 2008) 
by Liz Chae  

Mother to daughter.  Generation after generation.  The women of Jeju Island have survived by becoming Haenyos (women sea divers). THE LAST MERMAIDS is a short documentary showing these women, aged 45-85, as they dive deep into the ocean -- the refuge that has given them life, shielded them from war and allowed them to educate their daughters.  For two thousand years, the Haenyos of Jeju have fought men, governments and armies to protect their right to make a living from the sea.  Now they want the tradition to stop.  These are The Last Mermaids.   

Sports and Diversions (Animation / DVD /  4 min / 2006) 
by Bum Lee

When you close your eyes and listen to music, what do you see? These animations transform Erik Satie's 1914 classic compositions into their own varied interpretations of the music. Winner of 2006 Little Big Films, Short Film Competition Animation Award.  

Bbi (Animation / DVD / 10 min / 2002) 
by Do Hyung Kim

As society enforces a standardization of everyday life, how do we assert our individuality and what are the consequences?

UNRAVEL (16mm / 7 min / Color / 2006) 
by Susie Lim

The traditional Korean dress--the hanbok--becomes the intermediary of lineage between young and old.   

ISAHN (Video / Color / 16 min / 2004) 
by Soon-Mi Yoo

ISAHN tells stories of displacement. Images from the stereoscopes at Imjingak in South Korea are mixed with contemporary footage of Burmese refugee camps around Mae Sot, Thailand, in which inhabitants are forced to relocate to yet another anonymous site.  For those who are not allowed to go back home, the sights of exile are just ersatz landscapes. Sometimes they may offer consolation. Oftentimes they work as hindrance. Many would say, “When I close my eyes, I can still see my hometown so vividly.”  


Anthology Film Archives (32 SECOND AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10003,  212-505-5181 )

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