Friday, September 4, 2009

Salt Lake’s Taiwanese Art and Film Festival begins Friday, Sept 18th

Salt Lake City’s own Taiwanese Art and Film Festival will kick off on Friday morning, September 18th, with Grandma’s Hairpin at 10:30am. The all-day celebration will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City). Featuring a full day of documentary films and movies, the program will end with The Shoe Fairy at 7:45pm.

An opening reception for the festival will begin at 6pm hosted by the Salt Lake County and West City County Mayors, SLC Councilman Carlton Christensen and the Thomas Chen, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco. Along with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, the Utah Chinese Folk Orchestra will also perform. Following the reception, the audience will be entertained by the Sil Lum Kung Fu Kwoon Performing Arts Group and the Salt Lake Chinese Choir at 7pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Movie highlights include Summer’s Tail, an uplifting Taiwanese movie about four seemingly mismatched high-school friends. It’s a beautiful, light-hearted movie that does not shy away from life’s darker realties. The main character, Yvette, played by Enno Cheng, a Taiwan-based indie singer-songwriter, is especially captivating. For her portrayal, Cheng was nominated as the best new performer at the 2007 Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. Besides acting and singing in the movie, Cheng also wrote the script when she was just 18.

With solar power much in the news, be sure to catch For More Sun at 3:30 PM. The documentary follows a group of young Taiwanese engineers in their quest to build the fastest solar vehicle competing in the World Solar Challenge across Australia. With a program appealing to all ages, The Shoe Fairy, is a wonderful fable about Dodo. Growing up disabled, Dodo discovers a love of shoes after regaining her ability to walk. Her obsession for footwear eventually causes a wedge in her relationship. But like all good fairy tales, the ending is a happy one.

For the full schedule, please check the show times below.

10:30 am – noon, Grandma’s Hairpin (documentary)
12:20 pm – 1:10 am, Elephant Boy and Robogirl (documentary)
1:30 pm – 3:10 pm, Summer’s Tail (feature film)
3:30 pm – 5:35 pm, For More Sun (documentary)
7:45 pm – 9:20 pm, The Shoe Fairy (feature film)

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