FORBIDDEN NO MORE: Filmmaker Bios
Tami Blumenfield lived in China from 2001-03 and has conducted fieldwork relating primarily to educational practices and their impact upon Chinese urban and rural societies. Her work has used the Moso people located in the tourist zones around Lugu Lake as an example. She helped to found the Cool Mountain Education Fund in 2005, which assists students in Sichuan, China and promotes educational innovation in schools. In the United States, Blumenfield was a fellow in the 2009-10 Platforms for Public Scholarship initiative at the University of Washington Simpson Center for Public Humanities, during which time she developed media outreach activities to share her research experiences with Americans interested in Na culture. She has also spoken in two Portland-based radio interviews in light of the growing movement to make shark fin possession illegal in states and territories in the States.
- Some Na Ceremonies, 2011, with Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji
- Illuminations at Lugu Lake, 2006, with Onci Archei, Ruheng Duoji, & Feng Weiyang
- Taboo II: Blood Bonds, 2004, with David Shadrick Smith
Kenneth Dean is James McGill Professor and Drs. Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Chair of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University. He is the author of seven books, including The Return of the Gods: introduction to a survey of villages temples, regional alliances, and ritual activities in Putjian, Fujian, China and Ritual Networks: a survey of village ritual alliances in the irrigated alluvial Putian plain – both forthcoming from E.J. Brill in Leiden. He is also the author of over forty articles on various aspects of Daoist ritual and the local ritual traditions of Southeast China.
- Bored in Heaven 2010
Maris Gillette a sociocultural anthropologist who has spent most of her career studying objects and the people who use and make them. In her two major field research sites, an urban Muslim district in Xi'an (northwest China), and a porcelain industry in Jingdezhen (southeast China), she uses material culture as a vehicle for examining social relations, cultural identities, and economic processes. Gillette has been doing ethnographic field research in Jingdezhen since 2003, trying to understand the lives of ordinary porcelain industry workers and how they have been affected by China's shift from a planned to a market economy. She began working in documentary film to enhance opportunities for community engagement and make her work more accessible to the general public.
- The Sun Rises in Philadelphia, 2011, with Lajna Ima'Illah, Philadelphia
- 711 South Broad, 2010, with Karen Warrington and the Friends of 711
- An Artist in the Making, 2010, with Lela Aisha Jones
- Neighbors and Nature in Harmony, 2009, with the Residents of Longford Street
- Broken Pots Broken Dreams 2009
Tik-sang Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying family, kinship, and ethnicity, heritage conservation, popular religion, and ecological and visual anthropology, especially in South China and the Hong Kong region. He is a prolific filmmaker, some of whose works have been produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government and the South China Research Center & Publishing Technology Center (in affiliation with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), including such titles as his most recent 2009 documentary "Dragon boat Water Parade in Tai O" and "Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang." Several of his films are currently being prepared for publication.
- Dragon Boat Water Parade in Tai O, 2009
- Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang, 2009
- A Jiao to Tame the Dragon, 2002
- 1994 Jiao Festival in Ha Tsuen, 1997
- Choi-gu: A Woman Shaman in the Pearl River Delta, 1995
- Sacred Parade, 1984
Jenny Chio is a postdoctoral research fellow at the UTS China Research Centre. She is currently working on a new project which explores amateur media production, ethnic identity, and social transformation in rural China. Of particular interest is the contemporary practice of videography in the provinces of rural Guizhou and Yunnan as she seeks to explore the relationship between "media literacy" and the process of modernization. She is also involved in a collaborative project about Chinese documentary film publics and the Yunnan Multi-Culture Visual Festival ("Yunfest").
- Peasant Family Happiness 2012
- Film the People 2003
Ben Gersten graduated in 2009 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology. He has lived and worked in China for over four years, first as an exchange student, and then program coordinator and representative for UW. He has had the opportunity to study the Uyghur language in Urumqi, Xinjiang for a semester, and was also one of the co-directors and producers of Dahua's Wedding.
- Dahua's Wedding 2009
Stevan Harrel is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. His interests in family and kinship, and questions of ethnicity and ethnic relations have led to several publications including Human Families and Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China. From 1999-2007 he was the Curator of Asian Ethnology at the Burke Musuem of Natural History and Culture where he collaborated with Ma Lunzy and Bamo Qubomo to curate the show Mountain Patterns: Survival of Nousu Culture in China. His recent interests in environmental sustainability and community development through education have led him to focus his energies upon international scholarly and educational exchange as head of the UW Worldwide Exchange Program and founder of the Yangjuan Primary School, and helping also to found the Cool Mountain Education Fund.
- Dahua's Wedding 2009
J.P. Sniadecki is a doctoral candidate in the Social Anthropology Department at Harvard University. His films over the course of the last five years have focused upon the social and environmental changes taking place in contemporary China. His 2007 film Songhua has been screened at numerous festivals and has received multiple awards, including the Jury's Pick Award at the Negotiated View Film Festival, the 2008 Platforma Video Festival, and the Eyes & Lenses Ethnographic Film Festival. Sniadecki's 2008 film Demolition (Chaigian) was likewise well-acclaimed, winning the Joris Ivens Award in the International Competition of the 2009 Cinema du Reel in Paris.
- People's Park 2012, with Libbie Cohn
- Foreign Parts, 2010, with Verena Paravel
- The Yellow Bank 2010
- Sichuan Triptych 2010
- Chai-Qian (Demolition), 2008
- Songhua, 2007
Angela Zito's research has reflected a long-standing interest in ritual and human relationships, dating from her doctoral work on the social and political importance of rituals performed by the Chinese emperor. Her work has focused upon exchanges between people, especially the intricacies of language and gesture, and the experience of the body as a social medium in intimate relationships, communal ritual, work, art, and even in the rhythms of daily household life. She is currently the director of the Religious Studies Program at New York University where she teaches anthropology and history of Chinese culture and religions and, as one of the co-founders of the Center for Religion and Media, acts presently as co-director.
- Installing Mountain People
- Writing in Water 2012