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Icaria For this editorial partnership between NOWNESS and the Manchester International Festival, Emmy-nominated director Fx Goby breathes new life into the time-honored Greek myth of Icarus, a young man who flew too close to the sun.
Sister Cities Los Angeles-based director Jimmy Marble directs this uplifting narrative short about two star-crossed companions who are determined to jumpstart their long-distance relationship with a city break. But their plans hit a snag when they mistakenly fly to different cities
Yehaiyahan: Under the Moonlight Director Shijun Jia captures the daily rituals of the Yi people, an ancient Chinese minority, in this music video for Shanghai-based singer and producer Yehaiyahan. Under The Moonlight explores the growth of Yi women living in the Daliang Mountains of China’s Sichuan province and the daily activities that govern their lives. This latest song from Yehaiyahan is a low-fi neo-soul ballad supported by a sample from a small, female Yi choir
These New Puritans: Six “There’s a strength in this film’s stillness,” says musician George Barnett, who forms one half of the critically-acclaimed experimental band These New Puritans. “It’s not competing with the attention-deficit-disorder culture of today, it’s going in a totally different direction. This is very much an anti-music video.” “Fire always turns up in our songs somehow. Maybe it’s to do with moments that are seductive and powerful but can also consume you and destroy you,” Barnett continues
The Dreamers: Lucia Liu The Dreamers profiles women who have imagined their careers into being, usually in opposition to the cultural zeitgeist. In this three part series, intrepid creatives explain how, by either taking the road less travelled or carving out entirely new paths for themselves, their outward success has transpired from inward imagining
A White Butterfly on a Bus For ten days, in a city in the far west of China, a young Chinese actor and a Belgian filmmaker embark on a relationship that blurs the line between fictional performance and documented reality. The protagonists, Jin Jing and Matthias Delvaux, go on a hunt for intimacy—first as strangers, then as more sensual friends—in a city that is unfamiliar to them both. Hangzhou-based director Xinyuan Zheng Lu presents A White Butterfly on a Bus like a fragmented memory.
Aerobics Tian Xiaolei is one of the most experimental VR artists to emerge from China in recent years. His imaginative work has won him awards from Today Art Museum and UCCA in Beijing, where he uses history, religion, science, technology and biology to create new, otherworldly visual experiences. The artist’s latest project, Aerobics , is a carnival of eccentric and far-fetched digital creations that run amok in a graphic cathedral
Double Sexy Documentary filmmaker Ben Mullinkosson provides a no holds barred look at the skate culture and underground party communities of Chengdu—the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province.
Frontiers This week we kick off China Wave—our month-long program that puts the spotlight on the rising stars and underground icons using unorthodox yet intimate storytelling techniques to embody modern Chinese culture. Frontiers is a multisensory feast of music, drag, art and dance, performed by China’s most rambunctious, generation-defining artists