Autumn Gem Article in the World Journal

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We have a new article from David Wang about Autumn Gem, our screening tomorrow at the Chinese Culture Center, and our new iPad textbook, in the World Journal today:


自2007年開始籌畫研究,2009年自費開拍「秋瑾」紀錄片的華裔第二代張蕊(Rae Chang)與先生曹健鏗(Adam Tow),日前完成「秋瑾」(Autumn Gem)電子書,已在蘋果iBook上架。內容不但有文字,還有圖片及電影片段,是一本「多媒體電子書」。「秋瑾」目前在舊金山中華文化中心展出,張蕊和曹健鏗將於本周六,17日上午11時,在中心講解電影及示範電子書。
「秋瑾電子書是我們在開拍電影時,就考慮這麼做的,」曹健鏗表示,拍「秋瑾」前,他回母校史丹福大學的東亞圖書館收集資料;張蕊則回母校柏克萊加大東亞圖書館研究,兩人還訪問過美國的專家學者,以及秋瑾的後代,「無數文字和圖片內容,再加上電影片段,成為今天這本電子書。」

張蕊指出,出版電子書是希望藉著影音、照片、文字綜合起來的多媒體,造就一種新的教育形式,「比如說書中談到秋瑾的時代背景,就可以按書中的連結,去看背景資料,或是電影中的片段。」張蕊表示,未來的教材將會朝向多媒體的方向進行。

張蕊和曹健鏗的中文程度不太好,但因為看了一本介紹「鑑湖女俠」秋瑾(1875-1907)生平的書,兩人不但放下工作,還投資了6萬元拍電影,「想把這位少為人知的中國女權運動先驅者,介紹給西方世界」。

「秋瑾是位非常特別的人物,」張蕊指出,婦女在清朝是沒有地位的,裹小腳、不能讀太多書,「而秋瑾不但追求婦女解放,爭取男女平等,還立志推翻封建王朝,是中國婦女運動的先驅。」張蕊今年6月看到中國第一位上太空的女太空人劉洋,她第一個反應是:「劉洋是現代的秋瑾!」

張蕊和曹健鏗今年3月到現在,跑遍灣區所有圖書館,放映「秋瑾」並舉行座談,向大家介紹秋瑾,「很多老僑說看到他們的上一代;而年輕一代則反應對這段歷史有更多的瞭解。」張蕊表示,「秋瑾」放映總共超過120多場,灣區放映之前,曾在加拿大、夏威夷、澳洲、香港放映過,下個月還將到日本去放映。

「秋瑾」電影及電子書詳情:autumn-gem.com。

World Journal Article on History Park San Jose Screening

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Here is the World Journal newspaper’s coverage of our screening at History Park San Jose on April 29.

張蕊與夫 戲說秋瑾傳奇

記者王金城聖荷西報導

Adam and Rae at History Park San Jose screening

影片「秋瑾」製作人曹健鏗、張蕊夫婦29日在聖荷西歷史公園的太平洋旅館向南灣觀眾介紹他們費時多年,精心製作的這部歷史教育記錄片。兩人講解鑑湖女俠秋瑾的生平與歷史背景,以及在中國、灣區等地拍攝的情形。放映會場上也展示「秋瑾」的影碟與相關歷史資訊。
張蕊的父母來自台灣,大學時期對自己的家世背景與中國歷史展生興趣,知道了近代中國推翻滿清帝制時出現秋瑾這麼一位女中豪傑。

她說,這個發現令她非常興奮,因為秋瑾不只是革命先烈,也是女權運動先驅,早在100多年前就挺身而出,爭取男女平等,是非常進步的思想。

張蕊和曹健鏗於2007年開始籌畫製作這部影片,準備工作花了五個月,拍攝時並到秋瑾故鄉紹興實地製作,訪問當地學者。曹健鏗表示,「秋瑾」可為第一代華裔與在美國成長華裔之間的橋梁,因為兩岸三地很多來美的移民都知道秋瑾的故事,可是在美國生長的華裔並不知道。這部影片成為不同世代華裔相互溝通的管道。

「秋瑾」由張蕊編演,曹健鏗製片,是他們完成的第一部自製自導紀錄長片。張蕊畢業於柏克萊加大、主修藝術與人類學。曹健鏗則畢業於史丹福大學,從事電腦與網路工作,也是專業攝影師。

http://sf.worldjournal.com/view/full_sfnews/18406326/article-張蕊與夫-戲說秋瑾傳奇?

World Journal Coverage of Autumn Gem

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We’ve had a number of articles written about Autumn Gem in recent weeks as part of our Spring 2010 marketing. Check out the articles below (in Chinese):

Autumn Gem in World Journal 6/22

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Autumn Gem made it into the 6/22/2009 edition, section B2, of the World Journal again. Here’s a short article about the film and the screening in San Diego. We had another interview with a writer from the World Journal stationed in New Jersey. We’ll be screening the film at the New Jersey Chinese Community Center in Somerset, NJ, on October 17, 2009. More details to come as the date gets closer!

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Autumn Gem in World Journal 6/22/2009

Autumn Gem in World Journal 6/22/2009

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)