A Doll’s Hug
Directed by Rob Chihwen Lo
Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short, 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, (Director: Rob Lo)
Director in attendance!
Domestic violence, school violence, and societal violence continually challenge and threaten the Taiwanese teenage boy, XiangYu. He seeks to escape from the undesirable reality and take shelter in his imaginary Barbie doll world. XiangYu learns to fight back to seek solutions for ever-lasting redemption. However, the relief from the redemption is impermanent…
Director Rob Chihwen Lo, is a Taiwan-born director, actor, and animator in the fields of TV commercials, theater, and films. He graduated with a BFA in Theater from Taiwan University, and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts. Lo’s works have been awarded and screened in prestigious festivals, museums, on TV, and theaters, including: Taipei Film Festival, Slamdance, Athen, Directors’ Guild of America, Raindance, and Beijing Film Academy.
Director: Rob Chihwen Lo
Cast: Pin-Chieh Su, Mengxi Hus, Jackson Lou, Fabio Grangeon, Ivon Huang, KuanTing Liu, Hank Wang, WeiNien Shen
Shinpei Takeda / Documentary Competition, Programmers' Picks / Germany, Japan, Mexico / 2016 / 70 minsThe Punk Musical by artist Shinpei Takeda follows the off-stage life of 5 artists (2 American musicians, 2 Mexican artists and 1 Japanese filmmaker) of GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL, a noise punkformance unit born in Tijuana, Mexico in their process of overcoming their psychological border. With a literally crashing border between Mexico and USA as the background, the protagonists confront each individual’s addictions while searching for an answer to their existential crises.
Preceded by: A Doll’s Hug