Two Channel Video // 16mm, HD & AE Animation // Sound // Color // 18 Minutes // 2021
Co-Directed with Simon Liu
Sound by Andrew Gilbert
World Premiere of force and Sistern (16mm, HD & AE Animation) (expanded versions):
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Time Based Arts Festival 2021
force (16mm & AE Animation, 9 minutes) premiere: New York Film Festival: Currents, 2020
International Kurtzfilmtage Winterthur 2021
CROSSROADS w/ SF Cinematheque 2021
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2021
Onion City Film Festival 2021
ICDOCS - Iowa City Documentary Festival 2021
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2021
* Ann Arbor Film Festival: Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award 2021 *
Conviction is the manic intricate dance of two films by sister/brother artists, shot in Hong Kong in 2019 and 2021.
in force, placid views merge with dizzying, semi-abstract digital animations—avatars in a parable about control. A mesmerizing, menacing voiceover—part body politic regulator, part cyberpunk travel guide—both promises order, accountability, and satisfaction, and threatens trouble, polarization, and tears.
Sistern is a wild abstraction of Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider - a 1939 short story set in 1918 in the final months of WWI and the last pandemic, tracing the fever dreams of one young woman as she touches near-death, loses a beloved, and negotiates her identity with the brutality of a world at war. Between layers of oppressive weather, fantasy - dark and transcendent- is a portal for transforming fear into new futures - resilient, big hearted, sisterly.
A tightly choreographed machine regulates the terrain of how breath and movement may flow, promising order, accountability, and green space. Words fall over a city, making control concrete. An adolescent shield absorbs, distorts, purges in the night, becomes a reservoir for a death dance. Between layers of oppressive weather, fantasy screens fears and futures, suffocating/sad, noncompliant, wielding/wearing symbols/cymbals, washed in rain.
Camera Assistance by Jenny Wan
Performed by valc, Meagan Chau, Clarissa Choi, Ahlia Koram, Reina Lim, Jacqueline Lo, Shania Lui Montevalde, Tianna Tsang, To Wing, Zoé Wong
Vocals by Tam Lai Kwan Julius
Gratitude to PICA, Lindsey McAllister, and the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation