Film Director/Writer of Up The Yangtze, La Chine Monte Sur Le Scene, The Fruit Hunters
Internationally award-winning filmmaker, Yung Chang, made his first feature documentary, Up the Yangtze《沿江而上》 in 2007. The film used China’s highly contested Three Gorges Dam as a dramatic backdrop for a moving and richly detailed narrative of a peasant family negotiating unprecedented historic changes. Up the Yangtze played at numerous festivals, including Sundance, and was one of the top-grossing documentary box office releases in 2008. China Heavyweight 《千錘百煉》, Chang’s sophomore film, is about a boxing coach and his two students in rural China fighting to become amateur and professional champions. The film had its premiere at Sundance 2012 in the World Documentary competition. It is distributed by Zeitgeist Films. In the same year, Chang also completed The Fruit Hunters, a feature documentary about nature, commerce and obsession in the fruit underworld. The film is distributed by Cinedigm New Video. Chang is writing Eggplant, his first feature film, about a Chinese wedding photographer.
Independent Filmmaker, Multi-media Artist, Founder/Director of Ciné-Asie
Mi-jeong Lee is a Canadian independent multidisciplinary artist in film, writing, video, and curating born in Seoul, South Korea. Her professional career began as a journalist in 1984, Korea and began to integrate the media arts since her migration to Montreal in 1993. Her first novel from the Luc Besson’s film Le Grand Bleu published the same year in Korea.
Lee’s first film script, Naked Fish, received script development funding from the National Film Board of Canada in 1995. Her independent film and video works and practices include ‘I AM THE PARK (2004), FAÇADES (2005), UNDERGROUND (2007), BREATHE (2009), PICNIC (2010), DAYDREAMING (2014), and video installation works of TURN AROUND (2008) and of MORE THAN HERE: Midnight to 4AM (2014), which was recently exhibited as a work in progress at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2014.
As a minority living in Montreal, she became intricately interested in the issues of Asian culture and identity in Canadian society. As such, she founded Asian film centered institutions; Ciné-Asie, AmérAsia Montreal Asian Film Festival, Korean Film Festival, and Monthly Asian Film Screening and the film production house, Leega Film. Lee’s Ph.D research-cretion is about an aesthetic study on films with multitudes and singularity theory.