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Celine Parrenas Shimizu: The Fact of Asian Women

Celine Parrenas Shimizu (UCSB Asian American Studies) Faculty

About the Project: A digital film project about the fetishization of Asian women in popular American cinema.  The Fact Of Asian Women (2002) won four international festival awards.

Awards Received:
UC Institute for Research in the Arts, Peninsula Foundation, Stanford Graduate Research Opportunities Grant and Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellowship. Contemporary Asian American female actors re-enact scenes from popular Hollywood films. Featuring three generations of Asian American femme fatales in Hollywood, the film re-examines the fantastic figure of the “lotus blossom” and “dragon lady” exemplified in the roles played by Anna May Wong in the 1920s-1940s, the “prostitute with a heart of gold” embodied by Nancy Kwan in the 1960s” and the contemporary “dominatrix” Lucy Liu. Performing these characters, young contemporary actors collide with the “ghosts” of Asian women in Hollywood through the revised endings of their major films performed on the streets of San Francisco. The actors then discuss sexuality in their roles and in terms of their own self-formation as actresses of color.

Invited work for screening at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Work-In-Progress Forum, March 11, 2001, PUSOD: Center for Art, Culture and Ecology, Berkeley, CA, April 27, 2002 and UCSB Multicultural Center, June 6, 2002. Completion, August 2002. World Premiere: Silver Lake Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA September 15, 2002. Screenings: Hawaii International Film Festival, 2002, Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego Girls International Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival, Atlanta, Berkeley Film and Video Film Festival Society for Cinema Studies, and Zoie Fest. Screened in Universities across the nation including Arizona State University, California State University, Northridge, San Diego State University, and Yale University.

Distribution: Third World Newsreel. (Fall 2004) and now self-distributed.

Awards and Prizes: For The Fact of Asian Women: Winner, Best Documentary Short, Big Mini DV Film Festival, New York, 2002; Winner, Best Picture, WomenÕs Issues, ZoieFest 2003.

Winner in Long Format-Education, DV Awards, 2003. Winner, Best of FestivalÑDocumentary, Berkeley Film and Video Festival 2003; Distribution: Third World Newsreel. (Fall 2004) Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, Super Flip (1997). 16mm. 30 minutes. Experimental Narrative. Awards Received: Motion Picture Association of America Directing Award; Edie and Lew Wasserman Directing Fellowship, 1995-96 An experimental narrative based on interviews with Filipino American low-wage workers in San Francisco regarding work and love. Considered an ÒundergroundÓ classic of Filipino American cinema. World Premiere: Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley. Screenings: Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Women in the Directors’ Chair International Film Festival in Chicago, Directors’ Guild of America, Arkipelago-NYU Film Festival, New York International Film and Video Festival, Memories of Overdevelopment Ð U.S., Canada and Latin America, Japanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Los Angeles Filipino Film Festivals, Society for Cinema Studies, Kansas, SF Cinematheque, San Francisco Asian American International Festival, and Plug-In Gallery, Canada. Distribution: Recently Solicited by Progressive Films, Berkeley. Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, Her Uprooting Plants Her (1995). Experimental Narrative. Awards Received: UCLA Institute of American Cultures Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 1995-96, James Pendleton Foundation Directing Prize, 1994 and Asian American Studies Research Fellowship, 1994-95 An experimental narrative based on interviews with Filipino immigrant families regarding home, memory and exile. World Premiere: Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago. Screenings: Smithsonian Institution, Asian American Film Festival, Japanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Los Angeles Filipino Film Festivals, Society for Cinema Studies, Kansas, Distribution: New York: Third World Newsreel.

http://www.asamst.ucsb.edu/people/celine_shimizu/films.html

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