FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRIBECA ENTERPRISES, THE WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY & CHINA INTERACTIVE MEDIA GROUP TO SHOWCASE A SPECIAL FILM EVENT IN BEIJING - TRIBECA 798 FILM FESTIVAL BEIJING
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2007 TFF FESTIVAL FAVORITE PLANET B-BOY TO SCREEN
[New York, NY – June 25, 2007 ] –Tribeca Enterprises, The William Morris Agency and China Interactive Media Group (CIMG) announced today that the Tribeca Film Festival will present a special two-day independent film event in Beijing, China, on July 10th and 11th, 2007 named Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing. The event will center around special screenings of the film Planet B-Boy by director Benson Lee, a powerful documentary about the vibrant global resurgence of break-dancing, which had its World Premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was developed through the support of the Tribeca All-Access program . The event, designed to give Beijing a small taste of the Tribeca Film Festival, will comprise an opening reception, free community outdoor screenings of the film and a block party on opening night that will take place in the 798 district, an artist -friendly neighborhood similar to Tribeca, for which the event has been named.
Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing has been formed out of a relationship between Tribeca Enterprises, William Morris Agency and China Interactive Media Group, initiated out of a common interest to bring a film event to Beijing that embraces local audiences and the chinese filmmaking community.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help create a platform for independent film in China and to further the deep ties between the Chinese film community and the Tribeca Film Festival,” said Jon Patricof, COO of Tribeca Enterprises. “This partnership helps further the Tribeca Film Festival’s mission to expand the audience for independent film and to provide artists with unique platforms to reach new audiences.”
"With films from China having played a major role in the Tribeca Film Festival's first six years - and having won several of our major awards in the bargain - we're happy to begin this new international collaboration,” noted Peter Scarlet, Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival.
“Planet B-boy originally started as a concept in the Tribeca Film Institute All Access program at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted that two years later we would be showing Planet B-boy at the Tribeca Film Festival to an audience of 7000 people at an outdoor screening outside of the World Trade Center area, let alone at another outdoor screening on the other side of the world in Beijing,” said director Benson Lee. “The Tribeca Film Festival has assisted Planet B- boy in so many ways to help make our concept into a reality. For that we are deeply grateful.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Tribeca Enterprises and CIMG to create this event for Beijing,” said Grace Chen, Managing Director of William Morris China. “Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing is a cultural exchange about community, family, and film that links the creative center of China to the vibrant city of New York. We hope to provide a fantastic platform for a new generation of emerging international filmmakers as well as film lovers.”
In the past six years, the Tribeca Film Festival has screened 18 feature length and short films from Chinese filmmakers, four of which - Green Hat 04', Stolen Life 05', Together 03', and Blind Shaft 03', have received awards at the Festival.
Following is a list of the 18 features and shorts that have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival:
- 2046, directed and written by Wong Kar Wai, (Hong Kong). 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Blind Shaft (Mang Jing), directed and written by Li Yang, (Hong Kong, China, Germany). Cast: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang, An Jing. 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. – Winner of Best Narrative Feature Film
- The Butterfly Lovers (Hu Die Mong-Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Ying Tai), directed by Tsai Min-Ching, written by Min-Ching and Teng Ya-Yen, (Taiwan). Cast: Elva Hsiao, Rene Liu, Jacky Win. 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Chicken Poets (Xiang Ji Yi Yang Fei), directed by Meng Jinghui, written by Liao Yimei, (China). Cast: Qin Hailu, Chen Minohao, Liao Fan, Wang Jinsong, Yang Ting. 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Chinese Odyssey 2002 (Tianxia Wushuang), directed and written by Jeff Lau, written by Jeff Lau, (Hong Kong/China). Cast: Athena Chu Yan, Chang Chen, Faye Wong, Rebecca Pan, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Vicky Zhao Wei. 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Delamu, directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang, (China). 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
- The Eye (Jian Gui), directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang, written by Jojo Hui, Oxide Pang, and Danny Pang, (Hong Kong, Thailand). Cast: Sin-Je Lee, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Candy Lo, Pierre Png, Edmund Chen. 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- The Green Hat (Lu Mao Zi), directed and written by Liu Fen Dou, (China). Cast: Liao Fan, Li Haibin, Dong Lifan, Li Congxi, Li Mei, Hai Yitian. 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. – Winner Best Narrative Feature Film and Best New Narrative Director
- Happy Times, directed by Zhang Yimou, written by Gui Zi, (China). Cast: Zhao Bensham, Dong Lihua, Li Xuejian, Dong Jie, Fu Biao, Leng Qibin. 2002 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Lost in Beijing (Ping Guo), directed by Li Yu, written by Yu and Fang Li, (China). Cast: Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Fan Bingbing, Tong Dawei, Elaine Jin. 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
- The Matrimony, directed by Teng Huatao, written by Zhang Jialu and Yang Qianling, (China). Cast: Leon Lai, Rene Liu, Fan Bingbing. 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
- The Promise (Wu Ji), directed by Chen Kaige, written by Kaige and Zhang Tan, (China). Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada, Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung, Nicholas Tse, Liu Ye, Chen Hong. 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Shaolin Soccer (Siu lam juk kau), directed by Stephen Chow, written by Chow and Tsang Kan Cheong, (Hong Kong). Cast: Stephen Chow (and voice-over), Ng Man Tat, Vicki Zhao, Patrick Tse Yin, Bai Ling (voice-over). 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Still Life (Sanxia Haoren), directed by Jia Zhang-Ke, written by Sun Jianmin and Guan Na, (Hong Kong, China). Cast: Zhao Tao, Han Sanming. 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie), directed by Li Shaohong, written by Liao Yimei, (China). Cast: Zhou Xun, Wu Jun, Cai Ming, Su Xiaoming, Wang Pelyi. 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. – Winner Best Narrative Feature Film
- Taking Father Home (Bei Ya Zi De Nan Hai), directed by Ying Liang, written by Liang and Peng Shan, (China). Cast: Xu Yun, Liu Xiapoei, Wang Jei, Zong Cijun, Chen Xikun, Liu Ying. 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Together (He Ni Zai Yi Qi), directed by Chen Kaige, written by Kaige and Xiao Lu Xue, (China). Cast: Tang Yun, Chen Kaige, Liu Peiqi, Cheng Qian, Chen Hong, Kim Main. 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. – Co-winner of Audience Award
- Tuya's Marriage (Tu Ya De hun Shi), directed by Wang Quan'an, written by Quan'an and Lu Wei, (China). Cast: Yu Nan, Barter, Baolier, Zhaya. 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified multi-platform media company located in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas and Tomorrow Unlimited. The Company's mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media.
About the Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture, the Festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience.
The Festival is anchored in Tribeca and takes place in additional neighborhoods throughout Manhattan featuring screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and panel discussions. For more information, please visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org
About the William Morris Agency
Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency is the leading talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai. The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing and Corporate Consulting. The William Morris Agency can be found at http://www.wma.com.
China Interactive Media Group
China Interactive Media Group (“CIMG”) is a leading creator and distributor of lifestyle content in China. Committed to a comprehensive multimedia strategy, CIMG currently publishes fashion and entertainment magazines, creates syndicated television programming, and operates marketing services. Founded in 2000 and located in Beijing’s 798 factory artistic area, CIMG publishes Time Out Beijing Magazine, Time Out Shanghai Magazine, Time Out Beijing – English Version Magazine, and iLOOK Magazine. CIMG produces TV programs such as iLOOK Fashion Café, Grown-ups Talking, Seventeen Youth International Club and a radio program called Fun @ 101.8. CIMG’s founder Huang Hung, an experienced media executive, well-known on-air personality and highly respected cultural opinion leader in China. Ms. Hung is the author of one of China’s most popular blogs, ranking top 4, generating more than 44 million hits on Sina.com since its beginning in 2006.