Thursday April 11th 8:45 pm
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Director: Angad Singh Bhalla
Producer: Lisa Valencia-Svensson
(Canada, 2012, 80 mins Blue Ray Disc)
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Herman Wallace has spent 40 years imprisoned in solitary confinement in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for a crime many believe he never committed. The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman’s House, a feature documentary from first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla, that follows the unlikely friendship between Jackie Sumell a New York artist, and Herman Wallace, one of America’s most famous inmates, as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project. Read more on the official site…
“Conceptually inventive, poetic and original, Herman’s House achieves a great feat in constructing a compelling narrative about a man we never meet and goals that aren’t quite reached… In the end, none can contain this unique and moving story, and we are left with our own imaginations, completely activated by this magnificent film.” Ezra Winton, Art Threat
“As powerful as it is heartrending.” Serena Whitney, Exclaim
HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE
Friday April 19th 7:15 pm
a benefit for Peace Geeks
DJAVAD MOWAFAGHIAN CINEMA
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC Trailer
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Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Stephen T. Maing
Producer: Trina Rodriguez
Language: Mandarin with Eng subtitles
Runtime: 87 Minutes
With the Chinese government employing 40,000 “internet police,” more than half a million websites are blocked in the country. Local TV stations only publicize “the good news.” The rising tide of censorship has aroused a wave of citizen reporters committed to investigating local news stories and crime scenes. This timely and probing documentary tracks rogue bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple as they risk political persecution to become China’s uncensored eyes and ears.
Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
A delightful surprise at the Tribeca Film Festival, partly because the film so little resembles its description, Stephen Maing’s “High Tech, Low Life” ostensibly examines censorship of the Internet and news media in China. But the pic is driven less by its subject matter than by its two very different and utterly fascinating bloggers: Twentysomething Zhou Shuguang is unabashedly careerist, seeing blogging as a means of self-promotion, while 57-year-old Zhang Shihe is genuinely dedicated to helping the poor find justice. Dynamic, highly entertaining docu could land a theatrical niche if sold on the strength of its freewheeling protags. Ronnie Scheib - Variety
Awards / Kudos
- High Tech, Low Life: Opening Night Film at Lens Politica Festival, Helsinki
- EBS International Documentary Festival
- gives High Tech, Low Life 2012′s Spirit Award
- Indiewire/Criticwire names High Tech, Low Life
- #2 on list of “Top Documentaries of 2012″
- High Tech, Low Life wins Emerging International
- Filmmaker Award at London’s Open City Docs Fest
- High Tech, Low Life wins Best Documentary Award
- at Little Rock Film Festival!!!
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Projecting Change Film Festival 2013