“White Tunnel” & “Dots”: You Don’t Need Eyes to “See”
by Erika Vazquez
“White Tunnel” is a unique animated piece that challenges the idea that we have absolute control of our lives. As it turns out in the film, our future path is actually determined by other factors. The realization that reality is like the process of walking through a “white tunnel;” it is creation that prompts us to move on. The taxi driver in this film walks through the white tunnel and re-creates an image for his own life after an encounter with a little old lady. Director Chang Chin-Wei has been creating break-through animations since 2009. “White Tunnel” is the 2nd place winner in the Short film category at Athens Animfest 2017. Check out this film at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 29th at the Takeuchi Democracy Forum.
“Dots” is a very emotional piece about a teenage girl whose vision is fading and is struggling to learn Braille. One night, the young girl decides to leave her home to go on a journey by herself. While on this journey, she gathers items with different textures that help her remember the visual world. “Dots” is not only about struggle and fear. In fact, the film introduces the idea that it is possible to live a poetic life even with so many burdens and limits on us. Director, Writer and Producer Chen-Wen Lo was inspired by her own personal story. When Chen-Wen Lo was twelve, she lost part of her eyesight; however, her sight was recovered in a few years. She seeks to unveil the poetics of living through visual storytelling. Before receiving a M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she studied Taoist philosophy, English Literature and poetry writing. Check out Chen-Wen Lo’s poetic life in “Dots” when her short narrative plays on Sunday April 30th at 1:45 pm at CGV Cinemas.
These short films are part of “Spotlight on Taiwan,” supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.
Erika Vazquez is an intern with Visual Communications. She is currently a senior at California State University Fullerton, majoring in Communications, Entertainment and Tourism. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge about filmmaking and organizing community events and film festivals.