Archive for June, 2012

“Crossing the Bering Strait” (Germany) (pre-production)
/ 06/29/2012 8:37 AM

“Crossing the Bering Strait” (Germany) (pre-production)

Title: Crossing the Bering Strait Synopsis: Theyai??i??re the Odd Couple of the new millennium: George Koumal and Joe Henri. This unlikely duo have dedicated their lives to connecting Siberia and Alaska via the longest tunnel in the world ai??i?? 85 kilometers across the Bering Strait. The intercontinental railway would drastically shorten transport times between Asia and North America, and provide [...]

/ 06/28/2012 9:02 AM

The superhuman lives of our documentary makers (livemint.com)

Festival acclaim and media attention help nudge documentaries from relative obscurity towards mainstream attention Itai??i??s a bird! Itai??i??s a plane! Itai??i??s a documentary! Faiza Ahmed Khanai??i??s hugely enjoyable “Supermen Of Malegaon” is finally swooping down on PVR multiplexes on 29 June, a little over four years after it was completed. “Supermen of Malegaon” spotlights the tiny Malegaon film industry, whose [...]

CCTV-9 fell in love with a Taiwanese doc
/ 06/27/2012 11:00 PM

CCTV-9 fell in love with a Taiwanese doc

Taiwan-based doc producer and distributor The Classic Vision has sold a feature-length documentary about love and marriage to CCTV9 in China and is seeking broadcast partners for a spin-off series. “Letai??i??s Fall in Love” is a 90-minute film from director Wuna Wu and producer Ging Lee. It follows the work of matchmaker and relationship counsellor Hellen Chen and the couples [...]

“Ryefield Sailors” (Taiwan) (pre-production)
/ 06/27/2012 9:43 AM

“Ryefield Sailors” (Taiwan) (pre-production)

Title: Ryefield Sailors Original title: About China Synopsis: This film follows the fortunes of two of these farm boys, their hopes and their fears, and the teacher who guides them on their course for the ocean ai??i?? in a school marooned in the middle of a wheatfield, five hundred miles from the coast. One is just starting out, and is [...]

/ 06/26/2012 11:25 AM

Nicolas Deschamps (ITV Studio France): “Land of the Panda is a film where emotion is driving awareness”

In an exclusive interview for ADN, Nicolas Deschamps, head of documentaries at ITV Studio France speaks about “Land of the Panda”, its first experience of production in China. Could you introduce yourself? After studying film and getting a Masters in cultural politics, I walked into the great family of media through the door of television. First at TV5, then France [...]

A filmmaker’s odyssey (China Daily)
/ 06/26/2012 10:29 AM

A filmmaker’s odyssey (China Daily)

Documentary director Fan Lixin has launched a personal screening odyssey to promote his film on migrant workers.Ai??An award-winning documentary’s creator has hit the road to ensure his work on migrant workers is seen by the masses. Sun Li reports in Beijing. Documentary maker Fan Lixin has had an unexpected big-screen hit with his first work, “Last Train Home”, about the [...]

“Planet of snail” receives the Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012
/ 06/24/2012 5:05 PM

“Planet of snail” receives the Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners for 2012. This yearai??i??s Sterling Award for Best World Feature went to PLANET OF SNAIL, directed by Seungiun Yi. The poetry of the cinema merges fantastically with the poetry of touch, taste and smell when the filmmaker encounters the deaf and blind South Korean poet Young-Chan, who is unwilling to [...]

/ 06/24/2012 1:29 PM

“Red Obsession” documentary to explore Bordeaux-China relationship (decanter.com)

Further details have been released about the new feature-length documentary about the mutual ‘obsession’ between Bordeaux and China, starring some of the biggest names in the international wine world. by Adam Lechmere in decanter.com,Ai??19 June 2012 Red Obsession, which started filming during en primeur in Bordeaux in April 2011, features wine commentators and producers from Oz Clarke and Steven Spurrier [...]

India’s uncomfortable truths on film (The Guardian)
/ 06/23/2012 2:26 PM

India’s uncomfortable truths on film (The Guardian)

Anand Patwardhan, whose work will be featured in the Sheffield documentary festival next week, is the foremost Indian documentary maker of his generation. Time and time again, in landmark films such as “Bombay Our City” (1985), “In The Name of God” (1992) and “War and Peace” (2002), he has exposed the glaring realities about topics on which modern-day India, wedded [...]

/ 06/22/2012 1:54 PM

Documentary about Fox Island’s Rittenberg to premiere in Seattle (thenewstribune.com)

Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Maoai??i??s favorite American. The 90-year-old Fox Island resident spent 34 years in China, sometimes at Maoai??i??s side and at other times in prison. ai???The Revolutionaryai??? features Sidney Rittenberg with Chairman Mao Zedong. During his early years in China, Rittengerg knew and supported him. By Craig Sailor thenewstribune.com,Ai??05/25/12 Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Maoai??i??s [...]