About the China Onscreen Biennial program
The Center for Chinese Studies is proud to be a Program Partner of the Inaugural China Onscreen Biennial (COB). In scope and design, the COB is an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among American cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film. This program is led by the UCLA Confucius Institute.
Launching citywide in Los Angeles from October 13-31, 2012, with selected programs reprising in the Washington DC area from October 26-November 11, 2012, the COB brings some of the best examples of contemporary Mainland Chinese filmmaking and archival rarities to American audiences, many as North American and US premieres.
The COB program itself can be likened to a journey, led by some of China’s finest filmmakers, through the monumental changes Chinese society has undergone in recent decades. The wide-ranging works on view – encompassing short and feature-length animation, documentaries and narrative films, and works originated for theatrical release and internet viewing as well as art installations – call into question longstanding taxonomies of Chinese cinema, and suggest great flux and transformation in this moment on the Chinese film scene.
And beyond the US media drumbeat of China as simply one humongous economic growth machine, the COB offers a refreshing multiplicity of voices—sometimes in synch, sometimes discordant, but always vital and individual.
– Cheng-Sim Lim, Chief Curator
Presenting Partner Organizations
Please check back for announcements of filmmaker appearances and other program updates.
The 2012 inaugural COB has been made possible with generous support from the following Program Sponsors:
UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
Mr. Stephen Lesser
Chinatown Business Improvement District
Summit Western Limited
UCLA Center for Global Management (CGM)
UCLA Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES)
Lois Lambert of Lois Lambert Gallery
The COB is grateful to the China Film Archive for its cooperation:
Fu Hongxing – Director and President
Rao Shuguan – Deputy Director and Deputy President
Liu Dong – Director, International Cooperation Division
Zhao Jing – Program Manager, International Cooperation Division
COB Film Curators
Cheng-Sim Lim – Chief Curator
Bérénice Reynaud – Curatorial Advisor
Ellen Harrington – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Shannon Kelley – UCLA Film & Television Archive
Paul Malcolm – UCLA Film & Television Archive
Tom Vick – Freer and Sackler Galleries
Jonathan Hall – Pomona College
COB Advisory Board
Chen Mei – Researcher, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Robert Chi – Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Peter Loehr – CEO, Legendary East
Sanjay Sood – Director, Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), UCLA Anderson School of Management
Bérénice Reynaud – Film Festival Consultant and CalArts Faculty
Robert Rosen – Dean Emeritus, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Peter Shiao – Founder/CEO, Orb Media Group
Yunxiang Yan – Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology
Published: Monday, September 17, 2012