Apart from being the backstage driving force of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the Pacific Art Movement is also the planner of the annual Taiwan Cinema Spotlight screening event, responsible for bringing Taiwanese films to perpetually sunny California every year.
Looking at the development of Taiwanese cinema, it appears that many of the films recognized internationally have all focused on sexuality and adolescent issues. In June 2016, the Taiwan Cinema Spotlight was held for its third consecutive year. This year’s theme was Taiwan’s LGBT cinema, and featured four films screened over the course of a single weekend. Apart from the high-definition DCP screening of Blue Gate Crossing (2002), one of newest entries in the Taiwan Cinema Toolkit in 2016, other screenings supplied by the Toolkit include DVDs of Boys for Beauty (2002), Tsai Ming-liang’s The River (1997), and Zero Chou’s Drifting Flowers. Each screening attracted nearly 40 attendees.
As the screenings were completely free of charge, and given the great location of San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts, the event attracted quite a lot of people who happened to be passing by. It was the first taste of Taiwan cinema for many of the attendees, who all expressed their amazement over the quality of Taiwanese films and how the experience completely exceeded their expectations!
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A live screening at the Museum ofPhotographic Arts in San Diego.
Pacific Art Movement Artistic DirectorBrian HU (left) and Director of Taiwan Film Academy in Los Angeles Bill CHANG.
Promotional poster for Taiwan CinemaSpotlight 2016.