Interview with UC Irvine's China Beat

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Following the screening at UC Irvine, the China Beat blog interviewed Rae about the film. Check out the Q&A here!

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Palo Alto Weekly Article on Autumn Gem

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Autumn Gem in the Palo Alto Weekly

The Palo Alto Weekly has an article on Autumn Gem this week. The writer, Be’eri Moalem, came to our house a few weeks ago following our screening at City College of San Francisco. Back in 2002, I interned for a month as a photographer for the Weekly, photographing dozens of stories.

Tomorrow is our big screening at Stanford University, my alma mater. On Thursday, we head over to Berkeley, from which Rae graduated. We spent part of this evening posting flyers around campus in our final advertising effort. Cubberley seats 500 people, and I’m hoping that we’ll have at least a 100 people at the screening. Come and bring your friends!

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Li Jing in China Daily News

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Li Jing, the actress who plays Qiu Jin in Autumn Gem, was featured this past weekend in the Southern California edition of the China Daily News in an article titled, “Hollywood actress, Li Jing, is Qiu Jin, China’s Celebrated Hero.”

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華裔武打女星李靜扮演秋瑾一角 期讓更多主流人士認識秋瑾
http://news.sina.com 2009年07月12日 00:09 中國日報
(記者蔡宜礽╱洛杉磯縣報導)中國武打女星李靜擔任一紀錄片「秋瑾」中的女主角,希望讓更多西方的主流人士了解秋瑾,這位奇女子的英勇事跡。

「秋瑾」一片是由一對華裔曹氏夫妻集資而拍攝而成的,當初曹氏夫婦看到秋瑾的故事,相當感動,因此有了將「秋瑾」拍攝成紀錄片的想法,但礙於經費有限,所有的拍攝場景都是在很克難的情形之下完成,而當中飾演秋瑾的演員,名為李靜,從小在中國北京的武術學院學功夫,是中國知名的功夫明星李連杰的學妹。李靜表示,希望能透過不同的管道,讓更多人看到「秋瑾」這部紀錄片,進而有興趣,將它改拍成電影,讓更多人知道秋瑾32年短暫而燦爛的一生。

李靜表示,到美國約有十年之久,最早在加州柏克萊大學進行武術教學,她認為弘揚中國的武術,透過教學的效果最大,一個班級幾十個人,畢業之後都可以成為推廣中國武術的種子。後來大約五年前,李靜因緣際會進入好萊塢電影圈發展,華裔女子一人支身在電影圈闖蕩已經很不容易,更何況是在武打的領域,艱辛可想而知。

身為武打演員的李靜表示,拍攝武打片受傷是免不了的,不過在好萊塢拍片,能夠透過大量的彩排,減少受傷的機會。另外李靜還表示,由於武打片需要的人力、場景的工程都較為浩大,這也是為什麼武打片的拍片成本都較龐大的原因。

如今民衆常常可以在各大好萊塢的電影中,看到李靜的武打身影,例如尖峰時刻三、東京甩尾、千機變等電影作品,最近李靜才剛殺青一部名為「The Last Air Bender」的好萊塢電影。李靜的官方網站為www.jingaction.com。

Until we get a full translation of the article, you can read this automated translation from Google.

For those in the LA-area, we’ll be down in Pasadena on August 20 for a screening at the Pacific Asia Museum. Free for members, included with museum admission for non-members. RSVP to (626) 449-2742 ext. 31

Autumn Gem in World Journal 5/28

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Catching up on the press mentions of Autumn Gem. The World Journal posted a recap from our screening in San Diego at La Jolla Country Day School. Here’s a scan of the article. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Autumn Gem World Journal Article (2009-05-28)

Autumn Gem World Journal Article (2009-05-28)

Here’s a translation of the article, with some minor factual corrections.

Husband-Wife Team Self-Produce Documentary film, “Autumn Gem”
Daming Lee
Reported from San Diego

The husband-and-wife team Adam Tow and Rae Chang, are second generation Chinese-Americans. The couple, who live in Santa Clara, California, have devoted 1-1/2 years of their time and more than $60,000 to self-produce their documentary, a feature film entitled “Autumn Gem” (Qiu Jin). They organized a free public screening of the film at San Diego‘s La Jolla Country Day School (Tow’s high school alma mater) for teachers, students, and members of the local community. The film was well-received by the general audience.

Adam Tow is the youngest son of Danny and Kitty Tow of San Diego, and Rae Chang is the middle daughter of Szu-Chi and Chung-lan Chang. Adam met Rae in 2001 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several years ago, Rae read a book about the extraordinary life of China’s first feminist, Qiu Jin (1875-1907). She came away very impressed with Qiu Jin as a revolutionary heroine, a champion for women’s rights, and a determined advocate for improved educational access for women. Subsequently, Adam and Rae decided to self-produce this documentary film. The production of the film had them traveling to Beijing, Shaoxing (the birth place of Qiu Jin), and Zhejiang Province to do location filming in China, and they also made use of local scenes around the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Coast, and elsewhere. They interviewed researchers and scholars with knowledge and expertise on Qiu Jin’s life. They shot the film using HD video and enlisted friends to compose an original soundtrack meant to evoke traditional Chinese music and songs. After many long days and sleepless nights, they completed the film this spring.

Over two hundred people came to the film screening on May 22. The film includes English subtitles and was well-received by audience members. People came away clearly impressed with what Qiu Jin, in her short life, was able to accomplish.

At the conclusion of the film screening, there was a question-and-answer period. Audience members congratulated Adam and Rae on their outstanding effort in writing, directing, producing, and editing their first self-produced documentary feature film.

[Photo] – Pictured here with Adam Tow (middle) and his wife Rae Chang (right) is Christopher Schuck (left), Headmaster of La Jolla Country Day School. Tow and Chang, who are second generation Chinese-Americans, brought their self-produced film, “Autumn Gem” for a public screening at LJCDS.
(Photo by World Journal Reporter Daming Lee)