Out of Focus Year: 2013, Genre: Documentary, Duration: 88 mins   |   POSTER   TRAILER   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Director: Shengze Zhu   |   Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Sound Mix: Siya Huo   |   Editor: Shengze Zhu & Zhengfan Yang   36th Cinéma du réel, International First Films Competition (France, 2014)   SYNOPSIS: On a steamy summer day in July of 2012 with a temperature climbing above 40 °C , I started to teach photography at Lingzhi Elementary School in Wuhan, China with a group of 23 “migrant children” aged 8-12, since then both the children and me used cameras to explore. Lingzhi is known as the “rooftop” school, because its classes are held in a worn-down, four-floor apartment building with a rooftop playground for about 200 students. All of them are “migrant children” who are originally from rural areas but come with their job seeking parents to urban cities in search of a better life. When those children migrated to the most populous city in Central China from the tranquil countryside, most of them fell in love with the bustling city, Wuhan at their first glance. They were intrigued by the city life, and tried to get away from the poor family and the genetic past. They were ambitious about the future and had various dreams. Nevertheless, they had to endure miserable living conditions due to the low income of their families and a discriminatory household registration policy known as Hukou. The distance between the innocence of hopes and the brutality of life seems to remind that - would their dreams become pipe dreams?

Out of Focus

Year: 2013, Genre: Documentary, Duration: 88 mins   |   POSTER   TRAILER   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Director: Shengze Zhu   |   Cinematographer: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Sound Mix: Siya Huo   |   Editor: Shengze Zhu & Zhengfan Yang

 

36th Cinéma du réel, International First Films Competition (France, 2014)

 

SYNOPSIS: On a steamy summer day in July of 2012 with a temperature climbing above 40 °C , I started to teach photography at Lingzhi Elementary School in Wuhan, China with a group of 23 “migrant children” aged 8-12, since then both the children and me used cameras to explore. Lingzhi is known as the “rooftop” school, because its classes are held in a worn-down, four-floor apartment building with a rooftop playground for about 200 students. All of them are “migrant children” who are originally from rural areas but come with their job seeking parents to urban cities in search of a better life.

When those children migrated to the most populous city in Central China from the tranquil countryside, most of them fell in love with the bustling city, Wuhan at their first glance. They were intrigued by the city life, and tried to get away from the poor family and the genetic past. They were ambitious about the future and had various dreams. Nevertheless, they had to endure miserable living conditions due to the low income of their families and a discriminatory household registration policy known as Hukou. The distance between the innocence of hopes and the brutality of life seems to remind that - would their dreams become pipe dreams?

Distant Year: 2013, Genre: Fiction & Documentary, Duration: 88:00   |   POSTER   TRAILER   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Director/Scriptwriter: Zhengfan Yang   |   Cinematographer/Art Director: Shengze Zhu  |   Sound Record & Mix: Siya Huo   66th Locarno International Film Festival, Filmmakers of the Present Competition (Switzerland, 2013)   |   32nd Vancouver International Film Festival, Dragons and Tigers Section (Canada, 2013)   |   29th Warsaw Film Festival, Free Spirit Competition (Poland, 2013)    |   35th Festival des 3 Continents, Official Selection (France, 2013)   |   10th China Independent Film Festival, Fiction Feature Films Competion (China, 2013)   SYNOPSIS: Distant is a film that is made up of 13 sections, each comprised of a single long take. Each section tells a story about distance between different time and space, focusing on the subtle moments when people are suddenly confronted with modernity and gradually become lost in the transition between this and their present lives. Without any dialogue, simply working with image, sound and actions of the characters, these 13 dramatic, realistic and mysterious scenes are painted. It tries to describe today's human condition in an abstract way. 

Distant

Year: 2013, Genre: Fiction & Documentary, Duration: 88:00   |   POSTER   TRAILER   |   Producers: Zhengfan Yang & Shengze Zhu   |   Director/Scriptwriter: Zhengfan Yang   |   Cinematographer/Art Director: Shengze Zhu  |   Sound Record & Mix: Siya Huo

 

66th Locarno International Film Festival, Filmmakers of the Present Competition (Switzerland, 2013)   |   32nd Vancouver International Film Festival, Dragons and Tigers Section (Canada, 2013)   |   29th Warsaw Film Festival, Free Spirit Competition (Poland, 2013)    |   35th Festival des 3 Continents, Official Selection (France, 2013)   |   10th China Independent Film Festival, Fiction Feature Films Competion (China, 2013)

 

SYNOPSIS: Distant is a film that is made up of 13 sections, each comprised of a single long take. Each section tells a story about distance between different time and space, focusing on the subtle moments when people are suddenly confronted with modernity and gradually become lost in the transition between this and their present lives. Without any dialogue, simply working with image, sound and actions of the characters, these 13 dramatic, realistic and mysterious scenes are painted. It tries to describe today's human condition in an abstract way. 

The Surroundings Year: 2011, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 28:30   |   TRAILER   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu   Award: Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, Best Cinematography, 2011   |   The 9th China Independent Film Festival, Top 10 of Short films, 2012    SYNOPSIS: In a society obsessed with economic development, the old and the young are often ignored. A young man from a rural area is hired to take care of an old man living on a farm. The old man stands firmly on keeping his home, while the young man works hard to make a life for him and his girlfriend. However, the two are met with the harshness of a society that's leaving them behind. In the end, they are surrounded by the crucial reality and become victims to a fate they did not choose.  

The Surroundings

Year: 2011, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 28:30   |   TRAILER   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu

 

Award: Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, Best Cinematography, 2011   |   The 9th China Independent Film Festival, Top 10 of Short films, 2012 

 

SYNOPSIS: In a society obsessed with economic development, the old and the young are often ignored. A young man from a rural area is hired to take care of an old man living on a farm. The old man stands firmly on keeping his home, while the young man works hard to make a life for him and his girlfriend. However, the two are met with the harshness of a society that's leaving them behind. In the end, they are surrounded by the crucial reality and become victims to a fate they did not choose.

 

I Killed My Father Year: 2012, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 20:00   |   Producer/Director/Scriptwriter/Editor: Zhengfan Yang    |   Producer/Cinematographer: Shengze Zhu   SYNOPSIS: This is a story about a fight between a father and a son. The father attempted to strictly set up everything for his son based on his own expectation, whereas the son tried to get away from his father by making films. The film is based on the true story of the director, who has been fighting with his father for almost ten years. The director decided to use a film to examine his ten years’ struggle.  

I Killed My Father

Year: 2012, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 20:00   |   Producer/Director/Scriptwriter/Editor: Zhengfan Yang    |   Producer/Cinematographer: Shengze Zhu

 

SYNOPSIS: This is a story about a fight between a father and a son. The father attempted to strictly set up everything for his son based on his own expectation, whereas the son tried to get away from his father by making films. The film is based on the true story of the director, who has been fighting with his father for almost ten years. The director decided to use a film to examine his ten years’ struggle.

 

The Man Behind A Camera Year: 2010, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 5:20   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu   Award: Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Award, Screening Section, 2010   SYNOPSIS: A young photographer witnessed a murder in a park, which was similar as what happened in Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up. Then what is the difference among what the photographer has seen, what the camera has seen, and what the audience have seen? The director attempted to explore the certification of the kino’s eyes and audience’s eyes.

The Man Behind A Camera

Year: 2010, Genre: Short Film, Duration: 5:20   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang   |   Producer: Shengze Zhu

 

Award: Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Award, Screening Section, 2010

 

SYNOPSIS: A young photographer witnessed a murder in a park, which was similar as what happened in Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up. Then what is the difference among what the photographer has seen, what the camera has seen, and what the audience have seen? The director attempted to explore the certification of the kino’s eyes and audience’s eyes.

I Travel Through Time to Meet You Again Year: 2011, Genre: Experimental Short, Duration: 5:20   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang    Award: Beijing Independent Film Festival, Experimental Film Section, 2011   SYNOPSIS: A man met a women in an elevator of an office building. Both of them expected to meet each other again. However, the time and space constructed by the filmmaker through images and sounds might be different than the one in the reality that audience experience every day. Thus, could they meet with each other in the film? The director intends to explore the possibilities of constructing the time and space of a film.  

I Travel Through Time to Meet You Again

Year: 2011, Genre: Experimental Short, Duration: 5:20   |   Director/Scriptwriter/Cinematographer/Editor: Zhengfan Yang 

 

Award: Beijing Independent Film Festival, Experimental Film Section, 2011

 

SYNOPSIS: A man met a women in an elevator of an office building. Both of them expected to meet each other again. However, the time and space constructed by the filmmaker through images and sounds might be different than the one in the reality that audience experience every day. Thus, could they meet with each other in the film? The director intends to explore the possibilities of constructing the time and space of a film.