My Post 70
USA | 64 minutes | PG | online screening | Dir. Yinan Wang
Join us at 8:00pm on Thursday, February 18th for a discussion with filmmaker and Yen Ching director, Yinan Wang. He will make his film available for free on YouTube starting at 5:00pm on the 18th. You will have three hours to watch it prior to the discussion with him.
Yen Ching is a 60-minute documentary film taking a fresh look at the family dynamics in a Chinese restaurant of the same name. The film takes an intimate look at the how a typical Chinese restaurant owner, named Chen, and his children, practice their very different American dreams. Yen Ching sheds light on the Chinese restaurant owner’s life as it explores his dilemma. Neither of his sons, for very different reasons, wants to follow the traditional Chinese/Chinese-American path in which children take over the family business.
Watch the film here.
About Yinan Wang:
Yinan Wang 王一男, documentary photographer and film maker, was born in Beijing. His works explore minority worlds in China, and the United States.
Beginning his career as a cinematographer, Yinan worked on Kalagutage and The Salt Well Naxi People. Both of these highly regarded ethnographic studies document the day-to-day lives and cultures of Indigenous peoples in China
Working for the China State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Yinan produced a documentary for the Third National Survey on Cultural Heritage, in which he and his team created a complete an acoustic image archive for the sake of preservation of new found immovable cultural relics. During the course of production, Yinan traveled to 34 provinces in China, including multiple trips to Yunnan, Tibet, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
After 5 years of intensive filmmaking – in order to support his ethnographic work, Yinan also maintained an active presence in commercial filmmaking, Producing, directing, shooting, and editing all kinds of music videos, ads, and promotion pieces.In 2015 Yinan returned to school, enrolling in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. There he explored different forms of film art. He shot his first experimental film, Deer Queen by Brooke Thiele and he made his first animation, Misfortune Comes Bliss, with Owen Klatte. Finally, Yinan made his first feature documentary, Yen Ching--about an immigrant family and their American-Chinese restaurant -- with the help of Professor Dick Blau and Professor Cecelia Condit. Now he is a current MFA candidate in Film at Temple University in Philadelphia.
This event is intended for UW students, faculty, and staff as well as anyone who is interested.