This annual festival focuses on films directed by women or which deal with women’s issues. Screenings are held free of charge on Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings from September 7th through the 29th at Donnell Library, 20 W 53rd St, and several other locations. Here’s a selection of titles. See taipei.org/benny/portraying.htm for the complete list.
Directors in Focus
Wen Chen Tseng’s Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu won the Best Documentary Award at the Golden Horse Awards. She went on to make Mme Chiang Kai-Shek for Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (PTS), which received wide spread acclaim and became PTS’ best-selling documentary to this day. Fishing Luck is her first feature film.
Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu (2002), 56 min., Fishing Luck (2005), 94 min.
Wei-Siu Chien is a freelance video/film director/producer and a lecturer at Shih Hsin University. She has been a council member of Taiwan Women’s Film/Video Association since 1998.
Viva Tonal—The Dance Age (2003), 90 min., The Stitching Sisterhood (2004), 56 min.
Anita Wen-Shin Chang is an independent San Francisco-based filmmaker whose award-winning works have screened nationally and internationally and been broadcasted on public television and cable outlets. She teaches in the film departments at San Francisco State University and San Francisco Art institute.
Imagining Place (1999), 35 min., 62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between (2005), 48 min.
Women’s New Wave Michelle Chu has completed four films since 1998. Her latest work, Someone Else’s Shinjuku East, studies the lives of Taiwanese women living in Japan.
Floating Women (2002), 53 min. Someone Else’s Shinjuku East (Women’s Version) (2003), 66 min. Wu Ching-Yi has a Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Sound and Image Studies in Documentary Film at National Tainan University of the Arts. Her films have been shown at many film festivals around the world.
Corn and Ham Crepes (1996), 35 min.
Mixed Fruit Banana Split (2000), 63 min. Tai-Zen Wu is an independent filmmaker whose film Farewell 1999 claimed all major awards in Taiwan.
Farewell 1999 (2003), 26 min., C (2005), 58 min. Yun-Chan Lee has completed two feature length scripts, both of which won the annual screenplay awards in Taiwan. In 2004 she wrote and directed the short film The Magical Washing Machine, which won Best Short Film at the Golden Horse Film Awards. The Shoe Fairy is her first full-length directorial effort.
The Magical Washing Machine (2004), 19 min., The Shoe Fairy (2005), 92 min.
Selections of 2005’s Feature-length Films Malie (Joyce H.Y. Cheng, 2005) 85 min., Portrait of Restoring Light (Huang, Yu-Shan, 2005) 105 min., Stone Dream (Hu Tai-Li, 2004) 79 min.
Shorts and Animation
Dreaming for Moonrise (Pei Ying Lee, 2004) 7 min., Papa Blue (Charlene Shih, 2003) 13 min.,Can I Kiss You? (Pei-Wen Hsieh, 2003) 8 min., Amy in the Café (Maxine Lu, 2000) 26 min.