Fri, Mar 25, 2005 - Page 17 News List

The underground spirit of film is stirred

`The Wayward Cloud' shone at last weekend's box office and this weekend two mini film festivals will showcase more than 60 films from Canada, the US underground, Taiwanese film schools, overseas Taiwanese and expats in Taiwan

By Yu Sen-lun  /  STAFF REPORTER

Coming into its fourth year, the Urban Nomad Film Festival presents a larger showcase this time with 50 short films. The event was organized by two expat journalists David Frazier and Sean Scanlan, and it looks to become a rare-find film festival in Taipei that preserves an underground spirit and a sense of raw creativity.

The independent films selected in the showcase are a mixture from four sources: US underground film scenes, Taiwanese film schools, overseas Taiwanese filmmakers and films made by expats in Taiwan. Genres include narrative, CG animation, experimental, surf videos, comedy, absurdity, documentary.

Nineteen-seventy-four is a 23-minute film that gives an amazing look at the seduction between a Taiwanese girl student and her English teacher. TC Lin (林道明), a Taipei-based filmmaker who had his short film selected on www.ladyxfilms.com for a low-budget James Bond-style action movie, is making a hour-long film of the same title. He will offer a two-minute sneak preview of his in-production film.

There are also two documentaries that record ongoing international tragedies. The film Boom documents the civil war in Liberia and shows the heavy mortar shells and innocent people murdered. Those Left Behind looks at relief work in Sri Lanka one month after the devastating tsunami, as well as the political turmoil of the island nation.

There is also a CG animation about an innocent blow-up doll who gets abused by her new owner, titled Innocent Life.

The location of Urban Nomad also highlights an underground creativity. Finnish architect/designer Marco Cassagrande will help build an outdoor theater by the river by using bamboo and plastic sheets to make a tunnel above a short bridge. The audience will view the films sitting on the bridge. There will also be cases of Heineken provided.

For more program information check out the Urban Nomad blogsite, http://urbannomadfilmfest.blogspot.com.

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