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FDM Visiting Artist: S. Leo Chiang

Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Communications 150 (Studio C)

Title: The Pursuit of Intimacy

Documentary filmmakers seek to uncover truth and knowledge through their films, but filmmaker S. Leo Chiang considers the pursuit of intimacy to be of equal, if not greater, importance. Chiang strives for authenticity in his storytelling through building intimacy with his subjects and capturing that on film. He will speak about how he makes complex social issues accessible in his documentaries by creating universal character-driven narratives that captivate audiences.

S. Leo Chiang is an Emmy®-nominated documentarian. His most recent film, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, won the Inspiration Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. His previous film, A Village Called Versailles, about the transformation of Vietnamese Americans in post-Katrina New Orleans, picked up eight festival awards and aired on PBS Independent Lens series. His other films include To You Sweetheart, Aloha (PBS 2006), One + One (CINE Golden Eagle Award 2002), and Safe Journey. Chiang also works an editor (True-Hearted Vixen, POV 2001; Recalling Orange County, PBS 2006) and a cameraman (Ask Not, Independent Lens 2009). He received his MFA in film production from University of Southern California and lectures in the Social Documentation program at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is an active member-owner of New Day Films, the social-issue documentary distribution co-operative, and currently a fellow in the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. 

Presented by the Film & Digital Media Department and the Arts Division.  

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