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May 15, 2007 > Spring Short Film Festival

Spring Short Film Festival

By Mona Shah

Fremont Film Forum (F3) and the Chinese Artist Network (CAN) present a Short Film Festival on Saturday, May 19. F3 is a working group of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, hosting networking events among story tellers and collaborating to bring film projects to life. CAN is a non-profit organization that brings together media artists of Chinese background. CAN strives to expose mainstream audiences to emerging Chinese artists as well as attract critics, collectors, and mass media.

New Found and Lost Art
(CAN film: run time 30 minutes)
China has changed so quickly and radically in just a few decades. "New Found and Lost Art" explores nostalgia for a recent past and excitement for the present. This clip shows two art forms; Eye Exercise, once used as a tool for propaganda, supposedly pre-modern, is now an instrumental element in post-modern artwork. Established in 1961, the Eye Exercise was implemented in schools all over China. Kids will gather to perform eye massage by following instructions from the loudspeaker. "For revolution, protect your vision" was the opening line of the exercise until the early 80s. Remixed with techno music and directed by Ma Liang, the Eye Exercise is now a symbol of the Red Era, a time that is unforgettable and forever gone.

Out of Ink
(F3 film: run time 10 Minutes)
Out of Ink is a character-driven comedy about Jeffrey, a lonely, pedantic suburban high school student cursed with enormous bad fortune. The harder he tries, the faster he fails. Letter after letter of rejection from Jeffrey's first, second, third and fourth choice colleges rain over his head-all while he fails to simply talk to the girl of his dreams. One night, fortune grants Jeffrey a single chance to realize his dreams... if he can only find a working pen.

Other shorts from the Fremont Film Forum:

Ice, Sweat, and Tears.
A documentary about what it takes to become a professional figure skater (7minutes)

The Sliver Spur
A modern western drama about a sheriff vs. a corrupted judge (7 minutes)

Dress for Wedding
A romantic comedy about misadventure and ways found (20 minutes)

All films are selected for general public viewing. Parental guidance is suggested. For more information, please call (408) 338-9602.

Spring Short Film Festival
Saturday, May 19
2:00 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
1st floor Fukaya room
Free admission

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