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Pacific Cinematheque and Yellow Signal: New Media in China Presents the Screening of Hometown Boy

The Taiwanese documentary film about the artist Liu Xiaodong was directed and shot by Yao Hung-I and produced by Hou Hsiao-Hsien in 2011. (March 28, 2012)

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/12 -- Pacific Cinematheque and Yellow Signal: New Media in China present Hometown Boy, a profile of Liu Xiaodong, the acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist known for his paintings of ordinary people.

Directed and shot by Yao Hung-I - a protege of the Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who produced Hometown Boy - the film follows Liu on a return visit to Jincheng, where he visits family and old friends, contemplates the changes he encounters, and sets out to capture it all on canvas.

"Every one of Liu's paintings is a part of the whole, a frozen moment infused with his childhood memories and current existence," says Hou. "He confronts the objects in his painting from an honest, independent, and daring point of view. In these moments, he comes out of himself and his personality and expression penetrate the surface of the painting. Hometown Boy hopes to record this process."

Hometown Boy was the Winner of Best Documentary honours at the 2011 Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan's Oscars).

About the screening:

Venue: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver Timing: Friday, March 30 Starting: 7 pm Admission: $10.50 Adult $9.00 Senior/Student $3 annual membership required About the film: Colour, HDCAM, in Mandarin with English subtitles. 72 mins.

Presented in conjunction with Yellow Signal: New Media in China, a city-wide exhibition of the best contemporary video and new media artwork made by Chinese artists in recent years. The project is initiated by Centre A - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, with Shengtian Zheng, a Vancouver-based curator and internationally recognized expert on Chinese contemporary art. He is currently the managing editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

About Yellow Signal: Media in China

Yellow Signal: New Media in China is a multi-event celebration of contemporary Chinese video and new media artwork running March to September 2012 at various venues in the Vancouver area, including Center A - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Surrey Art Gallery, Republic Gallery, and the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

About Pacific Cinematheque

Pacific Cinematheque is a society and centre dedicated to the understanding of film and moving images in both the Canadian and international contexts. Through screenings and the provision of educational services and resources, Pacific Cinematheque fosters critical media literacy and advances cinema as art and a vital means of communication in British Columbia and Canada. Since its incorporation in 1972, Pacific Cinematheque has presented more foreign, Canadian, independent, art-house, classic, experimental, short and documentary films than any other theatre in Vancouver.

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