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Video Series: Pictures Talk with Phoenix Online

Michael Film, Photo, Video October 15, 2014 Leave a reply

ChinaFile’s Environment section teamed up with Phoenix Online to create a series of two-minute documentaries on the work, ideas, and aspirations of Chinese environmental advocates. The environmentalists, many of whom work in relative obscurity even within China, collect photographs and record themselves describing their efforts. This series of 30 some videos have registered over 6 million views on Phoenix documentary channel alone.

Landing page for Pictures Talk series on Phoenix Online Documentary Channel. Click/Tap to watch on ifeng.com

Landing page for Pictures Talk series on Phoenix Online Documentary Channel. Click/Tap to watch on ifeng.com

Watch these selected, English subtitled episodes on ChinaFile.com:

 

 

 

 

 

Screenings: China Green Docs Film Series

Michael Film, Video September 1, 2014 Leave a reply

The environmental cost of China’s breakneck development can be witnessed across the smoggy skylines of its megacities. But not all of China’s environmental problems are so visually apparent, from soils contaminated by cadmium and arsenic, to diminishing groundwater supplies unfit for drinking. The films in this series of Chinese environmental documentaries make visible some of the hidden consequences of China’s rapid growth and the people fighting to save their communities and livelihoods.

The series of film events were featured in the New York Times and received sold out crowds for all the nights. It has been one of the best attended film series at Asia Society. Here below is the trailer for the series:

Film: Waking the Green Tiger, 78 min, 2011, Canada/China, Dir. Gary Marcuse

Discussion: Plastic China with Wang Jiuliang

Film: Yak Dung, 50 min., Dir. Lanze

Film: Last Moose at Aoluguya, 100 min., Dr. Gu Tao

The New York Times: ‘Waking the Green Tiger: Documentaries From the Front Lines of China’s Environmental Crisis’

Forbes: Asia Society Has Opened Window on China’s Environment

Last month the Asia Society began a film series with Waking the Green Tiger, a documentary about efforts to forestall the flooding of villages in pursuit of a dam at Yunnan province’s Tiger Leaping Gorge. I met Chinese producer Shi Lihong, who was in New York for the event.

 

U.S.-China Forum on the Arts & Culture

Michael Audio, Film, Photo, Video July 1, 2012 Leave a reply

A delegation of outstanding American cultural figures including Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma traveled to Beijing to take part in four days of unprecedented cultural exchange in 2011. The US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture organized performances, master classes and roundtables that showcased the best of American culture, while forging new opportunities for American artists to collaborate and converse with their Chinese peers, in fields including visual and performing arts, literature, and cuisine.

Here below is a highlight video from this trip, which I led the crew in shoot and production:

 

We also managed to place a video clip from the main performance on nytimes.com:

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nytimes.com features a jook-dancing performance of Lil’ Buck and Yo-Yo Ma, clip/tap to watch

Doc Film “Himalayan Meltdown” on Discovery Asia

Michael Film, Video May 1, 2011 Leave a reply

Glaciers in Asia are creating an uncertain future across the region. From Nepal to the Tibetan Plateau, Bhutan to India and the Bay of Bengal, a way of life is under threat. The climate is changing and life as we know it from the mountains to sea is falling out of balance. These glaciers are source to seven of the region’s greatest rivers. But our most precious resource is disappearing one drop at a time. The people of Asia are answering the call, harnessing determination, spirituality and science to adapt and survive in a face of a Himalayan Meltdown.

I contributed research and camera work to the documentary from Qinghai and Tibet in China. Here below is a trailer:

Revealed: Himalayan Meltdown, a co-production by the UN Development Programme, Discovery Asia, and Arrowhead Films aired on Discovery Channel, Sunday 15 May 2011, 21:00 hrs.
Airdates:
Sun. 15 May 11, 21:00 – Discovery SE Asia
Sun. 15 May 11, 21:00 – Discovery Malaysia
Sun. 15 May 11, 21:00 – Discovery Philippines
Sun. 29 May 11, 19:30 – Discovery Australia
Sun. 29 May 11, 19:30 – Discovery New Zealand
Sun. 05 June 11, 21:00 – Discovery Taiwan

Web & Video: “On Thinner Ice”

Michael Film, Photo, Video March 12, 2010 Leave a reply

A multimedia presentation co-produced with Emmy Award winning MediaStorm along with a magnificent photo exhibition of melting glaciers in the valleys of the Himalaya taken by mountaineer, Emmy Award winning filmmaker David Breashears. It was a years long combination of stunning before-and-after images of glacier photography spanning a whole century and many years of reporting and writing about climate change and its impact on local communities and the environment by Orville Schell (The New York Times) and Michael Zhao (World Policy Journal). Asia Society also published two reports making a case for a closer collaboration between the U.S. and China on climate change and energy. The exhibition and its evolving versions have toured Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, and soon will land in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016.

Below is the video introduction to the project:

I was the producer and project manager of both the web site design/development and the video production.

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Screen shot of “On Thinner Ice” site, co-produced with MediaStorm. Click/Tap to visit on asiasociety.org.

Multimedia & Video: China Green Site

Michael Data & Graphics, Film, Photo, Video February 2, 2010 Leave a reply

Over the past three decades, China has dazzled the rest of the world with its stunning, high-speed economic growth. However, rapid urbanization, poverty reduction and transformation of city skylines have come at a grave price: air and water pollution, degraded forests, pasturelands and marine habitats, growing greenhouse gas emissions and a host of other environmental problems.

China Green has been documenting China’s environmental issues now and for years to come and will strive to serve as a web forum where people with an interest in China and its environmental challenges can find interesting visual stories and share critical information about the most populous nation in the world whose participation in the solution to global environmental problems, such as climate change, will be indispensable.

Homepage of China Green site. Click/Tap to visit on AsiaSociety.org

Homepage of China Green site. Click/Tap to visit on AsiaSociety.org


Forbes: Asia Society Has Opened Window on China’s Environment

… the China Green project at the Asia Society, based in New York City but with a sizable presence in Hong Kong, has been tracking the mainland’s worsening environmental plight. As managing editor/producer of the project, Michael Zhao leads the effort to keep tabs and encourage reforms.