8 pm - 10 pm
Wednesday, May 11
289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
is a feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values. The three protagonists radiate a warm sense of humanity despite the struggles that each faces in adapting to new realities of life in the modern city. With stunning imagery of Beijing and a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, Beijing Taxi
communicates a visceral sense of the common citizens? persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. The 2008 Summer Olympic Games serve as the backdrop for Beijing Taxi
's story, a coming out party for a rising nation and a metaphor for Chinese society and its struggles to reconcile enormous contradictions while adjusting to a new capitalist system that can seem foreign to some in the Communist-ruled and educated society. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, Beijing Taxi
takes us on a lyrical journey through fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though its destination unknown, the drivers continue to forge ahead. MORE INFO
General Admission: $10
Born in Beijing, China, just after the Cultural Revolution, Miao Wang grew up with the last remnants of pre-modernized Communist China. She immigrated with her parents to the United States in 1990.
After earning a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1999, Miao moved to New York City, where she began to explore her passions in photography, design, and film. Her multidisciplinary pursuits have led her to organize large-scale art happenings; publish an art book,Overkill, with Booth-Clibborn Editions; and, work on award-winning designs with acclaimed graphic designer and art director Stefan Sagmeister. Her designs have received a Certificate of Design Excellence in Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual 2004. A Copy Magazine spread she worked on at Sagmeister Inc. was nominated for the prestigious D&AD Design Awards 2004. Miao was also nominated in 2004's Print Magazine New Visual Artists Review.
She earned an M.F.A. in design and film from the Parsons School of Design in 2005, where she began working on her first documentary film, Yellow Ox Mountain. The film has screened at close to 20 film festivals and venues worldwide, received a Best Short Film Award at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and premiered on PBS in New York in August 2007. It is currently distributed by Filmmaker?s Library.
Miao has edited for programs that aired on National Geographic TV and two video projects for the architect Steven Holl. She worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, the studio of the legendary direct-cinema documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. Currently she works as a freelance designer and runs her own production studio, Three Waters Productions.
Scene: Brooklyn programs are made possible, in part, by the Experimental Television Center?s Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund and Presentation Funds, the Henry Nias Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Experimental Television Center?s Funds are supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
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