Saturday, April 14 at 3:10 PM
Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 PM
Shorts Block: Travel the Earth
Jing Niu | Oakland, CA | 17 min
Genre: Documentary Short
When filmmaker (and Indie Grits alum) Jing Niu discovers a lost book by poet and feminist Takamure Itsue, recounting the 750-mile pilgrimage she completed in 1918, Jing quits her job, packs her bags, and embarks on an epic journey to Japan to retrace Takamure’s footsteps.Buy Tickets 04/14 Buy Tickets 04/15
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
1. What is your connection to the South?
I grew up in the South after immigrating here from Sichuan, China at the age of six.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
In college, I was browsing the library when I felt compelled to reach for a special book. The book was the 1918 pilgrimage journal of Takamure Itsue, a famous Japanese poet and explorer. It was a book that I continued going back to, until spring of 2016, when I decided that I needed to go to Japan and retrace the route Takamure took almost one hundred years ago.
3. How did you start making films?
I started making 45 min long epic experimental films with my high school friends. It wasn’t until I made my first 16mm film with a Bolex camera that I started considering film as a career path for me.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Well, the shooting took place while my travel buddy Emily and I backpacked and hitchhiked our way through rural Japan over the course of three months. We didn’t speak the language and we had no money. Absolutely nothing interesting or funny happened during shooting. Just kidding, pull me aside during the festival and I’ll give you an earful.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Indie Grits is a big family, full of folks whose works I support, and who have supported my work and growth. I’m really excited to see them and catch up.
6. Why should someone see your film?
It’s a fun film about getting lost for the sake of getting lost.
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