Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) in collaboration with

March 27, 2008

Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) in collaboration with
Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)
proudly presents

Cinema Symposium 4

“Filmmaking: the good, the bad, the Ugly”

Sunday April 13, 2008 at 2:30p.m.

Northwest Auditorium, UCLA

370 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

March 21, 2008 
Contact:          Mai Le Hong (408) 705-7485
Helena Hue Tran (714) 260-2308

FOURTH BIENNIEL CINEMA SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATES VIETNAMESE AMERICAN FILMMAKING on UCLA CAMPUS
 
Los Angeles, Calif. – UCLA’s Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) partner up to present the fourth biennial Cinema Symposium titled “Filmmaking: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly,” featuring nine distinguished guest panelists who have contributed in raising the recent Viet Film Wave.  Cinema Symposium 4 will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Northwest Auditorium on the UCLA campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.
 
The distinguished guest panelists include: Timothy Linh Bui (Writer/Director/ Producer, “Powder Blue”, “Green Dragon”), Elyse Dinh (Actress, “Green Dragon”, “Running in Tall Grasses”), Abraham Ferrer (Exhibitions Director, Visual Communications) , Stephane Gauger (Writer/Director/ Producer, “Owl and the Sparrow”), Elisabeth Huynh (Fox Film Acquisitions) , David Ngo (Director, “The Queen from Virginia: The Jackie Bong Wright Story”), Ham Tran (Writer/Director/ Producer, “Journey from the Fall”), Bao Tranchi (Costume Designer, “Journey from the Fall”, “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 7, “Charlie’s Angels”), and Christopher Wong (Composer, “Journey from the Fall”, “The Rebel”).
 
This multi-dimensional panel will offer different angles on both artistic as well as business aspects of filmmaking.  Cinema Symposium 4 sets on the theme “Filmmaking: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” to focus on the conflicts that artists encounter and eventually resolve them creating valuable contents for the cinema industry and Vietnamese American community. Each panelist will share with the audience his/her own challenges as well as achievements through his/her career pathway.  The panel discussion will open up for audience members to dialogue with the panelists.  Clips from some of the newest works will be shown at the event.
 
Cinema Symposium was created in 2002 by VAALA and VNLC and held every other year at UCLA to create a network between Vietnamese American professionals working in the film industry and students with an interest in film and the Vietnamese culture. The Cinema Symposium is held alternating between the bi-annual Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF).  It seeks to promote works that are by or about Vietnamese Americans.  The event also highlights the achievements of professionals in front of and behind the camera. Their accomplishments in this highly competitive industry help pave the way for other Vietnamese Americans and are an inspiration to many in the community at large.
 
The program of the event is as the following:
 
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
 
INTRODUCTION – Ysa Le & Mai Le Hong
 
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION with showcase of film clips: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The panel discussion is moderated by Helena Hue Tran and Hong Van Nguyen.
 
5:30 – 5:45 p.m. Break
 
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS of short films followed by Q&A
 
“Break-up Therapy” by David Ngo
A documentary that tells one amazing break-up story through the combination of several true stories from real-life people
 
“Oh, Mommy!” (“Mẹ Ơi!”) by Jenni Trang Le
This is a journey of a Baby Quail to find courage, warmth and… his mommy. 
 
“Spray It, Don’t Say It” (“Nhu Cầu Vẽ Bậy”) by Tuan Andrew Nguyen in collaboration with Ha Thuc Phu Nam
A documentary that explores the underground graffiti scene and the main characters that make up this first generation of graffiti artists in Viet Nam.
 
 
For more information please contact
vnlc@uclacsc. org or events@vaala. org
 
CO-PRESENTERS:

Asia Pacific Arts at UCLA Asia Institute – http://www.asiaarts .ucla.edu/
UCLA Office of Residential Life – http://www.orl. ucla.edu/
UCLA Center for Southeast Asia Studieshttp://www.internat ional.ucla. edu/cseas/
Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern Californiahttp://www.thsv. org/home. aspx
UCLA Vietnamese Student Union http://vsu.bol. ucla.edu/
UCLA Cultural Affairs Commissionhttp://www.studentg roups.ucla. edu/culturalaffa irs/

FUNDED BY:
UCLA Office of Residential Life
UCLA Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board

Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California

Cheers,
Helena Hue Tran
Mai Le Hong
Hong Van Nguyen
Cinema Symposium 4 Directors

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