The collaborative event will consist of performances and video installations. The performances will showcase Korean and Korean American stories, writers and/or themes in multi-cultural contexts.
As a special treat, Film Lab’s Unfinished Works Coordinator, Lorna Nowve, will be moderating the performances in the Film Lab’s signature “Unfinished Works” style, which actually allows the audience to participate in the creative process and to interact directly with the writers, directors, actors, and filmmakers.
According to organizers, the event will include excerpts from a cutting edge, fascinating new film created by Korean American documentary director, Jae-Ho Chang.
Jae-Ho Chang was born in Korea, and grew up in Seattle, Seoul, Virginia, and New Jersey. For his BFA he attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied Film/Video/Animation.
Chang attended the graduate film program at New York University in 2004. In 2005 he was nominated for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award by the International Documentary Association for his documentary "Love to Hate, Hate to Love". He is also a recipient of the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholarship and the Ang Lee Scholarship Award.
His film 'The Last Vacation' has screened at numerous festivals around the world and on PBS. The film was awarded the Craft Award for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Acting, and was selected as a Wasserman Finalist at New York University’s First Run Film Festival.
Chang's feature-length documentary entitled ‘Ultimate Christian Wrestling’ was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2007 Tribeca All-Access Creative Promise Award. In 2012 it won the Best Documentary Feature and the Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision at the New Orleans Film Festival. His latest project, 'None of Them Will Collect My Soul', is a short film produced by actor Tim Kang (The Mentalist). It is scheduled to premier at festivals this year.
Another of the featured works will consist of a professional staged reading by Film Lab Actor Directory members of the short film, “A Day in the Life of Who" by Aimiende Negbenebor Sela.
“A Day in the Life of Who" follows a Korean-American photojournalism student who must confront her own troubled past when she inadvertently documents the last day of a homeless woman's life.
A descendant of Nigerian parents, but born in the United States, Aimiende Negbenebor Sela, spent the first years of her life in Nigeria, West Africa, before returning to her birth place of New York city in 1997. After obtaining a degree in Computer Engineering and English Literature from Stevens Institute of Technology, she pursued a career in the field of Information Technology, before deciding to pursue her true passion - The Arts. Aimiende studied acting at HB Studios and at Donna Marazzo Studios after her departure from the I.T. world, and dove head first into that of Theatre; where she garnered numerous theatrical credits in successful off-off and off-Broadway productions. "Crossings" a piece she co-wrote alongside fellow ensemble cast members and directors, toured New York City and made it into the 2008 New York City Fringe Festival.
It was also accepted into the annual "Close Strangers" Festival in Poznan, Poland where it played for an international audience. Following her success with "Crossings" and other projects, including a handful of indie films, Aimiende became a member of the Bedlam Ensemble Theatre Company, at its inception, in 2011. While here, she acted under the direction of a few talented directors, including Michel Chahade, on the critically acclaimed Fringe Festival play, "Flesh-Light Stories." Her most recent portrayal of Martirio, in Bedlam Ensemble's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba," directed by Michel Chahade, was her swan song with the Ensemble. She took a leave of absence following the close of "The House of Bernarda Alba," to focus on the completion of her debut short film "Asa, A Beautiful Girl", which is wrote, produced, and co-directed. It’s currently making the festival circuit.
Additional information will be posted to the Film Lab and the Korea Society websites. The event will be open to the public. It starts at 7:00PM on Oct. 22 at The Korea Society, 950 Third Avenue, in New York City.
“The entertainment should be intriguing to Koreans and non-Koreans alike,” said Fran Bonham of the Korea Society. “We look forward to hosting a terrific and diverse crowd for this wonderful event and to continuing to bridge the gap between cultures.”
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SOURCE: AA Film Lab / Korea Society