FILM NUTS: FROM APPALACHIA TO ASIA
Graffiti, January 24, 2005
L. Somi Roy, a well-known, NYC-based media programmer, wrote a great account of a March, 2003 exchange trip by several
Appalshop filmmakers to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China. Earlier, Roy had arranged for filmmaker Les Blank
to travel to Indonesia and to bring Chinese filmmakers Bibo Liang and Liu Xiaojin to Appalshop. (Read at www.persimmon-mag.com/summer2003/feature1.htm.)
Of related interest is "Blind Shaft," a new Chinese film about coal miners in China, that was the most popular film
at last spring's Robert DeNirs Tribeca Film Festival. Five thousand miners died in China last year. In a recent New York Times
article about Zhou Hai, a Chinese photographer who documents the price his country's workers (including coal miners) have
paid for their Great Leap Forward, Hai said "China is a bit like Western countries in 1920s and 1930s."
OUT-TAKES ARE HISTORY by Gina Harris in the NewEnglandFilm.com. Review of Duke Flaherty seminar 1999.