My Dream: A film by Wang Hong Hai

The Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present New Perspectives from China, a series of exhibitions, visiting artists and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota. The first event in this series of cultural programs is a film screening and reception with Wang Hong Hai, filmmaker, professor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy.

 My Dream: A film by Wang Hong Hai

The Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present New Perspectives from China, a series of exhibitions, visiting artists and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota. The first event in this series of cultural programs is a film screening and reception with Wang Hong Hai, filmmaker, professor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy.

In his film My Dream, director Wang Hong Hai pays tribute to the stunning works in dance and music performed internationally by the 84 members of the China Handicapped Performers' Troupe. During a one-year period, Wang and his production staff lived together with the members of the troupe, recording their daily lives, practice sessions and efforts the performers made to train their bodies. The troupe was founded in Beijing in 1987 by a group of 30 artists and includes performers who have hearing or sight impairments. The film covers their history, process and performances. My Dream is a combination of documentary and visual poetry that transcends the limits of language and geography. My Dream (2007, 110 minutes) was entered in the Cannes Film Festival and the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Film Screening

A film screening of My Dream will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis. (Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply.) A reception with filmmaker Wang Hong Hai, Vice President, Beijing Film Academy, will follow the screening.

The event is free and open to the public. ASL translation provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Institute for Global Studies.

Artist Biography

Wang Hong Hai is professor, Ph.D. supervisor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy. His documentary Zen Military-Shaolin Kung Fu received a Jury Award at the 2009 Tokyo Film Festival. He served as design director for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. His 2007 documentary film, My Dream, has been screened internationally and received numerous awards. Other films to his credit include the experimental first Songshan, then Zen (2006), the documentary Shaolin Kung Fu (2004) and the documentary Tianfeng Haitao-Gulangyu, (2003). His paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including China Century Aquarelle (2006), Aquarelle Art Exhibition of Asia (2003, 2002) and a solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China (1989). His extensive professional memberships include the China Film Association, China Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Ministry of Education Art Teaching Steering Committee, China Advertising Association and Director of Beijing Colleges and Universities Society.

New Perspectives from China

This series of cultural programs includes exhibitions, visiting artists, and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota continues into Spring 2012.

For more information, visit http://nash.umn.edu or call 612-624-6518.

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