Dec 6th, 2013
Kun is a filmmaker/freelance writer living in Beijing. Last summer she was one of the producers on a locally shot and produced film called Iceberg, a story about rock and love in Beijing. On Saturday night, XP hosts a screening of Iceberg and a bunch of bands are playing. You should go.
I've lived in Beijing on and off since 2005 when I first came here for law school but shortly after the first semester I had to quit, and moved to the UK for study. Graduated from my BA in Fine Arts in 2009, after that I moved to Beijing and work for a video production company for almost a year before I moved to London for my MA in film studies. But I've always traveled back and forth to Beijing, until this summer I moved to Beijing again.
When I was in collage here back in 2005, there were only maybe three subway lines, and outside of the 4th ring road that'd be suburbs. Now there are a lot more people living in Beijing, and you can travel to the 5th ring road and it will still be part of the city. Beijing is changing fast.
I love Jingshan Park. Me and some friends had picnics many times and watched sunset there it's really beautiful on a clear day. I also like Songzhuang a lot, even people say that Songzhuang is becoming the next 798, there are still a lot of artists and filmmakers living there making really sincere works. Also the Li Xianting Film Fund is there, I go there sometime to watch films at their archive center.
I like Beijing but I feel like this is somewhere I can always come back to, so I'd like to live somewhere else when I still can. There are many places I want to go visit but haven't got a chance to.
Hobbies… I like taking black and white photographs and develop them myself, it is a cliché but I do think all the Hutongs in Beijing are quite photogenic. I also like going to different culture centers and institutes to see films, because they are free.
Favorite restaurants… Qintangfu (there are two in Beijing, Dongsi and Chaoyangmen), Dalirenjia on Baochao Hutong, Itacho Sushi at Dongzhimen they do half price on Sushi in the afternoon.
Favorite bars… Amilal, Más and The Other Place.
What was it like working on Iceberg… I was one of the producers -- Vanessa Carlino is a very experienced producer and has been living in Beijing for a long time, Maya [the film's director] herself was also involved in the process. I had a great time working on Iceberg. Our shooting schedule was very tight and we didn't have much time for pre-production so it was also quite intense but all worked out in the end. We didn't have anyone to work as cinematographer at the beginning, but I saw Chen Xiaomeng's work via some friend's post and we all really liked his work, so I got in touch with him and then worked together. He is an amazing cinematographer, he also brought in the lighting crew. Producers prepare and supervise the making of a film.We get the whole crew together and figure out schedules and budget control etc. I also took a small role in the film as we had a small crew.
The Film has been screened in film festivals in the US, Switzerland and it will be screened in the UK soon. Although I have not been to any of them, I've seen reviews and got feedbacks through Maya. It's very fresh for people to see a short film about Beijing music scene that's shot on 16mm. So I hope tomorrow the audiences here would ebjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.
So, Saturday Iceberg will come home to Beijing for the first time. We are going to show the film at XP where part of the film took place at last summer, and cast members and friends will be playing live music and DJ set. I'm hoping to get the internet at XP working so we could do a little Skype session with Maya before or after the screening. Our lead actress Huang Pei will be performing as Little Punk, and Birdstriking will have their first gig this year since the drummer's return. It's all very exciting.
Opening band starts at 20:30 so don't be late!