Archive for August 11, 2013

…That was one of the biggest challenges, and truly the darkest and scariest time of the whole project. When he was detained, I knew the stakes were raised immensely. Suddenly I was at the helm of a film about someone who was missing, and we all feared a prolonged detention or more serious political charge like “incitement to subversion of state power,” which had recently landed several high-profile activists with multi-year jail terms [including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo]. Fortunately, his release allowed us to finish the film without feeling like we were in full-out crisis mode, and we could continue to work hard to tell a delicate and complex story…

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Recently, while sorting through old papers, postcards, notebooks…the ephemera of an earlier part of my life…this intepretOr stumbled upon negatives of New York, summer 1989….Hahahhh, I thought, if I’m not mistaken, among shots taken (on quite good Ilford b+w film) were the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center…I stayed with Korean American friends who lived in the WTC complex…the main entrance of which was an atrium with large indoor palm trees…all pretty surreal, but hey, when in NY…


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The lines that you can see (right of pic) going up, uP and UP were metre+ thick steel girders – capped with some shiny metal – and each metre-thick piece of steel was a thousand+ foot in length. There were at least 50 girders on each of the four sides of each building…so 200+ thousand-feet vertical steel girders per Tower…I don’t have a particularly mathy mind, but I find myself looking at this photograph and wondering…what…the…fxxx?

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