Sundance: Short Film Master Class
Budding filmmakers, want to learn from the big guys of cinema? The Sundance Institute has partnered up with The Metroplex to bring Sundance festival short film programmer Mike Plante and directors David Zellner (“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”) and Hong Kong’s own Adam Wong Sau-ping (“She Remembers, He Forgets”) to give a half-day seminar on short form storytelling through film. Mar 19-20, 2-6:30pm. The Metroplex, G/F, E-Max, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, hk.sundance.org. $150 from metroplex.com.hk.
Jit Ze: Asian Film and Video Screening
Named after hot sugar cane, which used to be a popular cinema snack, Jit Ze ( yeet zeh) is a new independent film festival organized by the Rooftop Institute, a group dedicated to social communal learning. The film program explores sociocultural topics in Asia from land boundaries to identity to belief systems and more. There’s a spotlight on mainland director Zhao Liang, whose films “Petition” and “Crime and Punishment” both look at the lower working class that helped make China’s fast growing economy a reality. There’ll also be an Asian Focus on regional directors, as well as a Youth Fest section showcasing films about the younger generation. All screenings are followed by public seminars and artist dialogues. Apr 2-23. Various locations and times, check rooftopinstitute.org/jitze for details. Free.
“Petition” (2009) by Zhao Liang at Jit Ze