My First Film Festival Poster

I recently presented my documentary about the Beijing Olympics at the Guangzhou International Documentary Festival.

Boomtown Beijing is my first independent film and making the festival posters was a big thrill. Mainly because I did it at the last minute — the day I arrived in Guangzhou. I got them printed at a little shop right next to the famous Sun Yat-Sen University.

GZ Doc Festival Poster

A big thank-you to Carrie Dee Cao, a graduate student at SYSU who helped me pull it together. She also coordinated and publicized my guest lectures at the university.

Talk about useful local knowledge!

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Iranian director Majid Majidi makes Beijing Olympics documentary

Fascinating piece of news, Iranian director, Majid Majidi is making a short documentary about the Beijing Olympics.

Iranian director makes documentary on Beijing —-穆民先驅

Known for his sensitive portrayal of children in films such as Children of Heaven and Colour of Paradise, Majidi will explore the 2008 games from the perspective of children.

I am curious to find out how this legendary Iranian director will approach the topic of Beijing Olympics.

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Sounds of Beijing

I have worked in TV my entire career. But secretly, I enjoy radio more. By that, I mean really well-produced radio features that use sound to trigger the listener’s imagination.

I am into the final stages of post production for my documentary about the Beijing Olympics and I have been hunting obsessively for sound recordings of Beijing.

Here is a gem of a sound collage that I have found on the web:

Perhaps it is because I am a foreigner but to me, each environment in Beijing sounds a little different from the others. Urban vs Suburban. Old vs New. Downtown vs Outskirts.

Listen, for instance, to the sound recordings of the Dazhalan district in Beijing, an old area that is being demolished in the leadup to the 2008 Olympics.

Like pictures, sounds give us important cues to urban transition and transformation.

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