C3: COVID Chronicles
- 50 mins
This artist conversation will be hosted via Zoom. Click here to RSVP.
Join us every Saturday (12pm PT) in October for a C3:CONVERSE series in partnership with the Asian American Documentary Network (A•DOC) and Open Your Eyes & Think MF.
Tune in for an artist conversation about documentary filmmaking and chronicling narratives during COVID. Artists include Hao Wu (76 DAYS), along with Kimberly Bassford and Sarita Khurana from A•DOC’s #AsianAmCovidStories. Hosted by Kristina Wong.
Hao Wu is a Chinese American writer, director, editor, and documentarian. His films include BEIJING OR BUST, THE ROAD TO FAME, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at South by Southwest, the short ALL IN MY FAMILY, and 76 DAYS.
Kimberlee Bassford combines her love for storytelling with her background in journalism to bring the underrepresented stories of girls and women to the world. She directed and produced the documentaries WINNING GIRL, PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY, AND CHEERLEADER, and was a producer on two national PBS documentary series: UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK? and THE MEANING OF FOOD. She has garnered numerous honors for her work, including film festival audience awards and grand jury prizes, a duPont-Columbia Award, Student Academy Award and CINE Golden Eagles. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Women in Film, Film Independent, CNN, ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), Pacific Islanders in Communications and CPB/PBS. She owns Making Waves Films LLC, a documentary production company in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
Sarita Khurana is an award-winning film director and cultural producer. Khurana’s feature film, A SUITABLE GIRL, world premiered in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition section, and won the Best New Documentary Director prize. Her most recent film, HOME, DELIVERED, was commissioned by the Asian American Documentary Network as part of their Covid-19 storytelling series. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, the IDA, NALIP-Diverse Women in Film, Art in General, the National Film Development Corp of India, Women in Film, New York Foundation for the Arts, A-Doc, and Film Independent. She is currently a Fellow with the Center for Asian American Media, where she is working on her second feature film, THE LAST RESORT. Sarita lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian, writer and elected representative who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. Her newest performance project is “Kristina Wong for Public Office”– a simultaneous real life stint in Public Office and show. In her most blurry performance piece yet, Kristina currently serves as the elected representative of Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council.
Established by film publicists David Magdael and Vince Johnson, OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF supports films and filmmakers that may not fit within the current distribution/exhibition system. The goal is to provide access to films that are challenging and changing the landscape of truth telling and story creation. These filmmakers include BIPOC, LGBTQ + and other content creators who are on the margins. OYEATMF provides exhibition opportunities, resources, and the creation of meaningful discussions for and by filmmakers who are challenging us to think.
Missed the live conversation? Watch it below!
Directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen
Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.