Archive for category: China (mainland)

/ 08/20/2012 4:41 PM

Wuxing / BBC co-pro doc about “Kung Fu” starts shooting in West China (sina.com)

The documentary “Kung Fu” (Gong Fu) co-produced by Beijing Wuxing Legend Production and the BBC has started shooting in Dunhuang, Gansu province.  Mark Harris, who have won three Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, will be the executive producer of the doc. He will also write the script for the doc, which will be composed of interviews on the famous [...]

/ 08/11/2012 5:17 PM

(China) indie innovation (Global Times)

The outpouring of Chinese documentaries over the past decade has inspired and impressed audiences all over the world. However, the problem for audiences on the Chinese mainland is that accessing such films isn’t always easy.  One forum in particular that provides a platform for such work to be enjoyed while at the same time giving Chinese filmmakers an opportunity to [...]

/ 08/08/2012 5:46 PM

National Geographic launches camp in China (China Daily)

China Education TV, National Geographic Channel and Yunnan TV celebrated the opening of a summer camp they initiated together in Beijing on Aug 7. It is the first time National Geographic has launched such camps in China in cooperation with local TV stations. The camp, which wants to help more than 10 members from around China get firsthand experience of [...]

/ 07/24/2012 6:36 PM

A documentary about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong wins top prize at Taipei festival

The documentary “Hometown Boy”, about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong, won the NT$1 million (US$33,369) grand prize at the Taipei Film Festival on Saturday. The film also won in the categories of Best Director and Best Documentary, becoming the biggest winner of the night. The film is directed and shot by Yao Hung-I — a protégé of the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou [...]

/ 07/19/2012 7:50 PM

“China Heavyweight” and “Golden Slumbers” get awards at Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2012

The Best Documentary Feature award was given to “China Heavyweight”, while French/Cambodian “Golden Slumbers” by Davy Chou won the Special Jury Mention at the 11th Asian Film Festival of Dallas where the film was screened the 17th of July. During the week (July, 12-19), other docs about Asia were shown, including “Where Heaven Meets Hell” (with filmaker in attendance), “Death [...]

/ 07/19/2012 6:27 PM

China’s Modern Dancers Emerge on Screen (Wall Street Journal)

Choreographer Tere O’Connor flails his arms and gyrates an invisible Hula-Hoop, struggling to convey the idea of improvisation to members of the Beijing Modern Dance Co. The dancers, already grappling with the language barrier, simply mimic his moves — not the point, as he tells them in the new documentary “Taste of Body.” It is one of several cultural collisions [...]

/ 07/14/2012 2:15 PM

6 docs about Asia are nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

On July 12, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the nominees are 6 docs and programs from or about Asia, “Armadillo,” which received four nods “Enemies of the People,” which received three, “Last Train Home” which received 2, “The Battle For Marjah”, “Bhutto” and ”Marathon Boy”. . BEST [...]

/ 07/12/2012 9:43 AM

Rick Minnich (Germany): “I’m open to collaborate with Asian filmmakers, producers and broadcasters on their projects or my own”

In an exclusive interview to ADN, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich explains why his new doc project about Bering Strait is very linked to China and Asia. He also speaks about his career and other projects in or about Asia.  • Could you introduce yourself ? I’m an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. After getting my B.A. in [...]

/ 07/06/2012 2:07 PM

Blakeway wins series for China (broadcastnow.co.uk)

Blakeway Productions has partnered a Chinese indie to make a landmark series about the West that is being lined up for state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). The Ten Alps-owned documentary specialist is in production on the 7 x 30-minute series that will feature China media theorist Hugo de Burgh unpicking some of the myths about Western culture. By Jake [...]

/ 07/03/2012 10:23 AM

Charlene Shih (Dynamic): “even with little funding, Taiwan has more opportunities for people who want to make docs”

Charlene Shih, the Taiwanese doc director and producer speaks about her last and new projects, some strong stories about China, Taiwan and even Japan.  Could you introduce yourself ? I was born and raised in Taiwan. At 19, I went to the United States to further my education, studied fine arts in undergrad, and received MFA in Experimental Animation in [...]