Our Time MachineChina, 2019 : Alberta Premiere
43-year-old Maleonn is one of China’s most influential conceptual artists today. When his father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Maleonn pours everything into an ambitious new theatre project: “Papa’s Time Machine,” a visually stunning time-travel adventure told with human-sized puppets. The play includes autobiographical scenes inspired by Maleonn’s memories with his father, Ma Ke, also an acclaimed artist who was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. “Papa’s Time Machine,” shows signs of a promising future, but as Ma Ke’s condition deteriorates Maleonn is torn between the original goal to honour his father and the pressure towards commercial success. OUR TIME MACHINE is a touching story of a man using art to cope with ageing and loss.
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Yang Sun is a documentary director and cameraman based in Beijing. He was on staff at China's Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio, making documentaries for broadcasters including CCTV, Youku and the Travel Channel. He has directed several short and mid-length documentaries, and the ten-part series TAKE ME TO TRAVEL. OUR TIME MACHINE will be his first feature-length documentary.
S. Leo Chiang is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei. His documentary, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON, won the Inspiration Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Festival. His previous film, Emmy® Award-nominated A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, picked up eight awards and aired on the American PBS series, Independent Lens. Leo’s work has received funding support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, and ITVS.
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