Connecting us to our multifaceted environments and complex histories, these dynamic animations, dramas and documentaries take us out of the ordinary with the kind of humour and imagination that can overcome obstacles and subvert stereotypes as they examine our cultural conditions.
TUBIG FOR A SMALL WORLD
Dean Vargas | 2006 | 8 min | Video | Canada | Director in Attendance
Tubig (pronounced TOO-big) in the Filipino dialect of Tagalog means “water”. Through the currents of water and the actions of two young women at opposite ends of the world, this video examines global inequalities to natural resources. Working with a creative team of young artists, Vargas combines photographs of urban Toronto with shantytown streets in Thailand and the Philippines to construct a slick motion-graphics environmental adventure. Tubig For a Small World was made for Trinity Square Video’s Themed Commission Projects ‘Égalité’. While exploring critical world issues, emerging director Dean Vargas took this opportunity to connect and learn about his culture.
Karen Lum | 2005 | 4 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere Slip of the Tongue (adopted from a spoken word poem by Adriel Luis) is a fast-talking, quick-witted video that vocalizes and illustrates the colonization and commodification of the female body. When a young man tries to pick up a girl at the bus stop by commenting on her “ethnic makeup,” she gives him an unexpectedly insightful lesson on the constructs of beauty. (Produced by Youth Sounds Factory.) Karen Lum is an aspiring filmmaker from the Bay area, California, and was 17 years old when she made this work at the Youth Sounds Factory. The Bay Area Video Coalition aims to bring creative power to young people by giving them the support to produce music, videos and web-based works.
Jonathan Ng | 2006 | 7 min | Video | Canada | World Premiere
Suffering from asthma, Winston has to stay inside while his friends play at recess. Secretly, he enjoys working on his comic book superhero identity. One rainy day, his classmates are in desperate need of a rescue. So, with paper and crayons, Winston shows everyone how a vivid imagination can save the day. Jonathan Ng graduated from Classical Animation at Sheridan College and from 3D Animation at Seneca College, both in Toronto. He is now with the NFB Animation Studio in Montreal.
Will Lu | 2005 | 5 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
In this action spoof, four desperate Asian mothers bring new meaning to the word “overprotective”. When Mrs. Yu’s son, Michael, goes out on a date with a girl she hasn’t yet met, Mrs. Yu calls on her fellow mothers to take action and reveal the mystery behind this young girl. Will Lu was born and raised in Northern California. He received a BA in anthropology from the University of California and an MFA in filmmaking from Florida State University. He has worked for various studios/networks including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and the Sci Fi Channel. Currently, he is developing several Asian American-themed screenplays.
Seung Pyo Kang | 2006 | 14 min | Video | South Korea | Canadian Premiere
Getting together with friends to study before the big final exam seems like a good idea, but after a night of procrastination and partying, these students realize they are in big trouble. In a frantic attempt to buy more time, this comedic trio will do anything to stop the test. Seung Pyo Kang has been directing shorts since 1998, including Unintended, The Egg and Thinking & Pale.
Adeline Huynh | 2006 | 5 min | Video | Canada | Toronto Premiere
When she was a little girl, Adeline loved to spend time with her Vietnamese grandfather, who was also a good ole Western Cowboy. Looking back on old movies, representation, and cultural appropriation, this story playfully shows how, in Canada, who we are depends on how we see ourselves. Adeline Huynh has a BFA in writing and film from the University of Victoria. She serves on the board of directors of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers.
Karin Lee | 2005 | 26 min | Video | Canada | Director in Attendance | Toronto Premiere
Reflecting on her father Wally Lee and his communist bookstore on Vancouver’s Skid Row (1960s–’80s), Karin Lee’s experimental biography Comrade Dad looks at growing up in Canada while the Cultural Revolution was taking place in China. Through archival footage and personal memories, Lee provides insight into this little-known history about a segment of Vancouver’s Chinese community thatembraced Mao’s socialism. While recounting a controversial period, Lee also questions how we cope when our family ideals come into conflict with societal values. Karin Lee is a Gemini award-winning filmmaker who has been making film and video works for the past 15 years. Her works have been shown in exhibitions and film and video festivals around the world, including London, Taipei, Leipzig, Los Angelas and New York. Lee’s films and videos, both fiction and documentaries, are about the effects of global displacement, the environment, feminism and the Chinese diaspora in North America. Her works have aired on CBC, CTV, Vision TV, Canal Vie, WTN (now the W Network), Knowledge Network and VTV.