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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Kevin Lee is the vice president of programming and education at dGenerate Films. The film Beijing Besieged by Waste follows photographer Wang Jiu-liang as he travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing’s unholy cycle of consumption and waste. This session with Lee was facilitated by FLEFF codirector, Tom Shevory.
8:32 "This was pretty much an illegal process."
8:33 "He actually lived with a few of them at the garbage site for a couple of months so he really was devoted to this project."
8:34 "They presented this as a photographic exhibition, which was a very shrewd move."
8:34 "It was the news agencies that realized, woah, this is an environmental crisis that is threatening to destroy the citizens of Beijing."
8:35 "They didnt want to catch the government off guard, because then the government gets upset and comes after you."
8:35 "This is a really great example of an independant film in China leading to governmental reform."
8:36 Because of the censorship bureau, many of these types of films are never seen or shown in China.
8:38 "Primarily we try to create a channel that can make their (filmmakers) films seen and distributed in the United States...in many ways this is their only way of making money off of these films."
8:40 "Degenerate generally means unwanted" -- which ties into how unwanted these films are in China by their government. "But also the 'd' stands for digital."
8:43 "As far as our standing with the government (China), I really have no idea"
8:44 "The majority of chinese do not have any idea of where their garbage goes. And if they did, they would just be horrified."
8:45 "And lets not just think about Beijing. Think about where our waste goes here in this country."
8:50 "At first you think its morning fog-- morning fog over the Beijing waste dump, how romantic!-- but it could be fumes, it could be smoke."
8:51 "The American lifestyle is really unsustainable. And when you have 1.3 billion people trying to live like Americans...its a nightmare"
8:57 "I would be happy to organize events or make the film available for educational purposes and environmental discussions."