The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Culture Plaza 20th Floor
59A Zhongguancun Street
Haidian District, Beijing, 100872
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 28th, the Booth School of Business Beijing Alumni Club brought Dr. Ling Zhang, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York, and Dasheng Zheng, Chinese film director to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing for an interesting dialogue on China’s independent film industry.
Dr. Ling Zhang received her Ph.D. from the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She specializes in film sound theory, Chinese-language cinema and opera, cinema and travel/mobility, ruins in cinema, and film and urbanism. Formerly a documentary filmmaker, Zhang is also an established Chinese film critic with a published collection of reviews and essays in Chinese.
Mr. Dasheng Zheng received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before returning to China to continue his efforts in filmmaking. His most recent film Bangzi Melody depicts a story around land reform in a remote mountainous village in north China in the 1980s.
In her presentation, Dr. Zhang outlined a brief history of independent film worldwide with a focus on its development in China.
In the dialogue and Q&A session, she and Mr. Zheng were able to share their observation and insight on how they think films can maintain its artistic feature and to “talk” with people spiritually while at the same time they are commodity, entertainment, and even investment means in today’s China.
40 people came to attend this weekend event and threw interesting questions to the speakers. Wei Sun, MBA’11, Co-Chair of the Booth Beijing Alumni Club, took the lead in the organization.