Fri, Mar 08, 2002 - Page 8 News List

Film festival focuses on Taiwan

By Elise Hu  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

The Taipei Film Festival continues this weekend -- albeit without any

Taiwanese films -- but for those hungry for films with Taiwanese flair, Urban

Nomad, a lower-profile film fest going on this weekend, should satiate

appetites for local filmmaking left unsatisfied with the selection at TFF.

"A lot of the films refer to Taiwan, show people in Taiwan, and all are made

by people who live in Taiwan," co-organizer David Frazier said. "We are

aiming more for entertainment quality than high art."

The fest runs from tonight through Sunday, with one feature per night to

stand out among the film selections dominated by three to five-minute

shorts. In addition, co-organizer Sean Scanlan, a freelance writer and

promoter of literary events, wrote a performance that includes live and

video-taped elements to be performed on both Friday and Saturday night.

Shu-lea Cheang (鄭淑麗), an acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker whose films have

been showcased at several international film festivals, and Tony Wu

(吳俊輝), credited for bringing the experimental film movement to Taiwan,

are probably the most notable directors whose films will be part of Urban

Nomad. Cheang's porno sci-fi flick IKU is lined up as Saturday's feature.

Tickets are sold as one-day passes for NT$150 or three-day passes for

NT$250. That's three days of entertainment for about the same price as a

low-end mixed drink at Carnegie's. Urban Nomad will take place at the Wumei

Winery (烏梅酒廠) in the Whashan Arts District, 1 Pateh Rd., Sec. 1

(華山藝文特區,八德路一段一號). The schedule is available online at www.expoextra.com

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