CANADIAN SPOTLIGHT ARTIST LILLIAN CHAN WILL UNVEIL HER VR EXPERIENCE YUMI AND BOOM AS PART OF REEL ASIAN X
Augmented reality experience EVERYTHING IN PLACE also debuting in the
Reel Asian X programme
Reel Asian runs November 9 to 18, 2017
Public tickets on sale on October 12 at reelasian.com
(TORONTO – October 10, 2017) The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) has announced that the Canadian Spotlight Artist honour will be presented to multi-talented animator and filmmaker Lillian Chan. Chan’s piece YUMI AND BOOM is an interactive episodic VR series about a girl named Yumi and her unlikely friendship with a creature named Boom. YUMI AND BOOM is included in Reel Asian X, a festival programme that highlights film projects that stretch beyond the four walls of a cinema. Also featured in the Reel Asian X programme is EVERYTHING IN PLACE, a fully immersive augmented reality exhibit featuring the works of three artists, Patrick Cruz, Serena Lee and Casey Mecija. Both of these innovative experiences will be showcased at The Commons @ 401 Richmond (401 Richmond Street West) throughout the Reel Asian Film Festival taking place November 9 to 18, 2017.
“I want to congratulate this year’s Canadian Spotlight Artist, Lillian Chan,” said Savine Wong, Interim Executive Director, Reel Asian. “Her unique vision and level of creativity will have a significant impact on the arts community for years to come and we are honoured to celebrate her work at this year’s festival. With digital installations such as Lillian’s YUMI AND BOOM and Patrick Cruz, Serena Lee and Casey Mecija’s contributions to EVERYTHING IN PLACE we hope to broaden the depth of storytelling at the festival and bring our audiences into those stories.”
YUMI AND BOOM
Reel Asian X
November 1 – November 18
The Commons @ 401 Richmond
This CFC Animated VR Series, in partnership with Seneca College, explores how VR can be used to enhance and engage users in an animated episodic series based on a two-character narrative. Award-winning animator Lillian Chan has developed the first of these series.
YUMI AND BOOM is an interactive, episodic virtual reality series about the friendship between Yumi, a tween girl who represents the rational mind, and Boom, an amorphous creature who represents the emotional mind. Join them in this first experience as they explore life’s adventures together, finding a balance (or “middle path”) between their extreme personalities along the way. YUMI AND BOOM is a fun way for kids and parents to learn about concepts of mindfulness and self-regulation.
Lillian Chan will also be participating in Canadian Spotlight Activities including:
- As part of the Wee Asian programme, kids can visit the Green Room at TIFF Bell Lightbox to make their own YUMI AND BOOM buttons on November 11 and 12 at 9:30 AM.
- Spotlight Artist Talk: Lillian Chan will discuss her latest projects and the state of the animation industry today in the face of Asian representation at TIFF Bell Lightbox on November 13 at 10 AM.
EVERYTHING IN PLACE
Reel Asian X
October 28 – November 18
The Commons @ 401 Richmond: Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
In this multichannel video installation by artists Patrick Cruz, Serena Lee and Casey Mecija, place is both inheritance and memory: it is at once shifting ground, and colonial remnant. Marked by distinct geographies of Toronto’s Asian communities, these works address a politics of location through diasporic tensions of tradition, racialization, and translation. The viewer, implicated in this immersion, can engage with the videos through their phones, and access translated subtitles in multiple Asian languages.
This exhibition is made possible by partnership between the Public Visualization Lab and the Modest Eyes collective, with support from the Government of Ontario.
Orasyon (Vespers) is a diaristic video essay that attempts to reimagine memories from the process of migration. Through this recovery of knowledge, viewers are displaced to a disorienting space of remembrance.
NEEDLE TO SEA BOTTOM
Drawing from Hito Steyerl’s concept of “free fall” and the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan, Lee explores the idea of balance—not as a state but as movement–through inherited narratives of materialism, immigration, and animism in Toronto’s gentrifying Leslieville and Broadview Chinatown.
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE THE SUN AND MOON ON MY OWN
Mecija performs karaoke to three songs from musicals that were mired in controversy for their casting of Asian leads, evoking questions of representation, authenticity, queerness in the diaspora and colonial histories of South East Asia.
This year’s festival programme will be announced at Reel Asian’s launch event on October 12, 2017.
About Reel Asian
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. This year’s festival runs November 9-18, 2017 in Toronto and North York. Reel Asian will be showcasing special projects featuring prominent artists, content creators, up-and-coming filmmakers and will also include the “Reel Ideas” program for creative minds in the industry to connect. Works presented at Reel Asian include films, videos, and presentations by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.
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