December 09, 2010
Fall 2010 CCS Chinese Film Series - Family, Inc. (It's not Business, it's Personal)
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)
A film by Emily Ting and Helen Jen; Hong Kong; 2008; 47 minutes (English and Cantonese with English subtitles)
When filmmaker Emily Ting was asked by her father to return to Asia and take over the family business, she didn't exactly know how to say 'no.' Promising herself she would try it out for just one year, she traded in her friends, her filmmaking pursuits, and her love of New York for a grueling new life as a CEO in training in one of Hong Kong's most notorious toy companies. Two years later, she's still there - with no end in sight. In an attempt to come to terms with her new life, Emily turns the camera on herself and her family and the result is an incredibly honest and at times bittersweet family portrait that examines the price we pay when family and business become one.
Director Emily Ting founded Unbound Feet Productions in 2001 after graduating from the Film/TV program in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Named after her first short film, Unbound Feet Productions strives to create innovative works in both the documentary and narrative medium. Other films by Ms. Ting include What's Love Got to Do With It?, a lighthearted documentary taking a look at American born/bred Desis who are willingly going the arranged marriage route. Reality Check (2003) focuses on college graduates facing unemployment after graduation. Before moving to Hong Kong to help run the family toy business, she worked at Docurama, the documentary-exclusive DVD label based in New York.
Posted by zzhu at December 9, 2010 02:49 PM