Our final two preview screenings of "The Land of Many Palaces" took place at the University of Toronto for the Munk School of Global Affairs, and at the University of Victoria for the Center for Asian Pacific Initiatives. I attended both to take part in the lively discussions that followed each screening. I look forward to retuning to Canada in April to screen the film at the Bloor Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto.
As we gear-up for the official festival premiere of "The Land of Many Palaces" later this month in California, Ting and I have been doing some press for the film.
Here's an interview we participated in for The Wall Street Journal:
In the mountains, north of Beijing, stands a replica of the Wyoming ski-town of Jackson Hole. Home to a few thousand residents, the town offers respite to Beijingers seeking not only an escape from the city, but an escape from China itself.
Shooting outside the church in Jackson Hole, China.
Main Street, Jackson Hole, Hebei... Complete with man-made snow!
Earlier this December Ting, Qihan and I preview-screened our feature documentary "The Land of Many Palaces" to audiences in Beijing. The screenings were held at a mix of academic institutions (Peking University, Beijing Normal University) and cultural organisations in the Hutongs (Courtyard Institute, Zajia Lab, Meridian Space), plus a screening for the Foreign Correspondents Club of China held at the French Embassy.
Thank you to those who helped us organise the screenings, and to those who came out to attend them: The feedback we received was very encouraging. We look forward to our world and US premiere in January 2015, and all the screenings that will follow.
"The Land of Many Palaces" poster on display outside the Courtyard Institute, Beijing, December 2014.
Ting (co-dir, co-prod), Adam (co-dir, co-prod), and Qihan (co-prod) during the Q&A session, after the screening of "The Land of Many Palaces" at Meridian Space in Beijing, December 2014.
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