Tales of Swimming Pool  and  The Inner City  screened at 3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest, in Experimental section, on monday, the 16th of March, 2009

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Time and Place
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Post Museum (Back Room)
107+109 Rowell Rd
Singapore, Singapore


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An Asia-Pacific filmmakers and moving-image artists collective founded by current students and alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a young group, Half Elephant hopes to actively promote the production, exhibition and distribution of alternative film and video in the region, as well as to provide a platform for dialogue and collaboration between filmmakers and artists across nation borders in Asia Pacific.

Many of the works selected in the program are fruits of collaborative labors involving multiple members of the collective; one can say that the Half Elephant collective is an umbrella under which a closely knitted group of filmmakers and artists grew alongside each other in their art, constantly challenging each other to push the boundaries of filmic forms.


Entry fees: $8 (inclusive of 1 non-alcoholic drink), $12 (inclusive of 1 beer)

The screening is a showcase of nine short films and videos from current members of Half Elephant. Many of the works transcend the traditional understanding of genre in film and video, by combining elements of narrative, experimental, animation and documentary.

The films are all made in either America or Europe by filmmakers of Asian nationality. It is interesting to consider the manner in which the films assimilate the western culture and landscape, even to use them to create a temporal space that dwells into the roots of eastern philosophy, family values and Diasporic identities. The program also brings into question the notion of “Asian American”, thinking about the theoretical framework in which this ethnical classification can be re-considered in the context of these films.

by Brian Oh
7 mins, B/W 16mm Film, Korea/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

A 7-minute long take depicting the relationship between a father and son. The setting, a vast barren landscape, fittingly represents the emotional distance between the two characters. With little dialogue, subtle affection and strain is shown between the two as they engage in separate activities and a sense of irony is created in the display of a bonding experience between a father and son.

by Lee Mi Sa
8 mins, Video, Korea/Japan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

After having a dream of her dead brother who died ten years ago, the filmmaker Lee Mi Sa acts as herself, wishing that she could remember him. She goes to Japan, following traces of the dream.

by Emily Wang and Ko Kaleng
3 mins, Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

We store our past in DV, TV, and cell phone, which alter our memory through repetition.

by Angela Kim
3 mins, 16mm Film, Korea/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

The work is developed from a combination of nihilism and Buddhism. We don’t realize how much people compete with each other and live very intense lives, but there is no need to suffer, because our human beings are very weak and eventually will die. This could be thought as human beings living for nothing, but all human beings will die and will become part of nature in a different form. Therefore, everything can be meaningless and there is no need to struggle in your life.

by Tulapop Saenjaroen
14 mins, Video, Thailand/USA, 2008, (Rating PG)

I don’t know how to swim; I’m learning. I don’t know the reason why I’m practicing swimming; I’m searching.

by Ko Kaleng
10 mins, 16mm Film, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

At the day of her wedding, two women make their best wishes to each other.


by Emily Wang
3 mins, Animation/Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

Mr. Soymilk and Mrs. Donut travels though time in their honeymoon.

by Liao Jiekai
18 mins, Video, Singapore/Spain/USA, 2008, (Rating TBA)

Three filmmakers traveled together in Barcelona. One of them chose to document the journey spontaneously.

by Hsu Ya-Ting
23 mins, HD Video, Taiwan/USA, 2008, (Rating PG)

Immigrant worker, Shasha, comes to USA to search a better life and chase her small dream. Even though she has to deal with alienation and isolation in this big country as an outsider, she still keeps silent and is tolerant of everything happening around her. Until one day she got the phone call from her hometown…She knows her dream will never come true.

Omer Fast, an internationally recognized video artist, presents two of his video installation in Rymer Gallery at SAIC from October 25, 2008 – Janurart 3, 2009, The Casting and the U.S. premiere of Looking Pretty for God (After GW).

“Also showing will be the four-channel video The Casting, which intertwines two narratives told  to Fast by an American soldier: the story of a destructive love affair in Germany, and an  accidental killing in Iraq. Combining near–tableau vivant portrayals of what appear to be  scenes from the narratives on one side of the screens, projected onto the reverse are  documentary-style shots of Fast, as interviewer, and the soldier as raconteur. In a February  2008 profile of the artist, Artforum wrote about the work, “what is really unsettling is the fact that the images inhabit a liminal space between stasis and animation… With growing  discomfiture, the viewer of The Casting is forced to confront the question of not only what these pictures show but, more pressingly, of what these pictures are. Whatever narratives its imagery suggest, in other words, The Casting forces one into an ontological quandary.”

–  quoted from Rymer Gallery.

+Click on the picture for more detail about this artist and video installation.

KoKaleng’s “Best Wishes” won the second place of the 2nd biannual SAIC Undergraduate Film Festival, which takes place in September 2008. Congradulation Kaleng!

The Undergraduate Film Festival is the only student run film festival at SAIC. It is put on by Eye & Ear Clinic, Experimental Film Society, and ExTV.

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(Video: Camera / Edit / Interview by Ya-ting Hsu)

Yating Hsu, Angela Kim, Tzu-Han Emily Wang had their screening “No Distance” on September 20th, 2008 at Nightingale Theatre.

No Distance is a screening of short films and animations by young female Asian filmmakers who are alumni and students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The pieces may not represent or make statements about Asian women, but shares the filmmakers’ mentalities and tonalities in common, which are solitude and uneasiness.  Through diverse works and characters, the artists are inviting the audiences to their inner mind presented on a screen.

I just recently finished editing my Cinematography Reel. It features clips from four films that were made by Half Elephant Members.

“Best Wishes” by Ko Kaleng

“Orange Blues” by Liao Jiekai

“Nowhere Island” by Hsu Ya-Ting

“The Visiting” by Tulapop Saenjaroen

For high quality version, visit my website, but the waiting time may simply blow you away.


Series of audio and visual works by Tulapop Saenjaroen will be screening in Third Class Citizen Programme 007: “HYPOTHESIS”. Total of works are 9 pieces included Tales of Swimming Pool, “—-“, Estuary, Video Book, The Return, Drowsy Morning, Vocal Instruction, Water, and the newest project The Eternal Light. The programme will be on the 15th of August, 2008, 7pm, at Bioscope Theater in Bangkok, Thailand. 


More information about the works is coming soon.

Third Class Citizen:

How are you Halfelephant?

U FRAME international Academic Video Festival

U.Frame, International Academic Video Festival, is an initiative of the undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences of the University of Porto (Portugal), aimed at taking advantage of its infrastructures and technical and human resources. At the same time, and in association with the University of Coruna (Spain), the Festival intends to build a bridge between different audiovisual and multimedia degrees worldwide, in an effort to stimulate the creativity of university students.

“Nowhere Island” is selected in Fiction section and will show in Portugal from Oct 1st to 5th and will show in Spain afterward as well. Detail will announce.

5th Singapore Short Cuts
Co-presented by National Museum of Singapore, The Substation and the Singapore Film Commission
A programme of the National Museum Cinémathèque
Saturday 12, 19, 26 July and 2 August 2008
Free admission with tickets

In its fifth edition year, Singapore Short Cuts is one of the most popular and widely anticipated showcases of local short films in Singapore.

This year’s programme features new short films by acclaimed local filmmakers such as Kirsten Tan (Come), K. Rajagopal (The New World), Anthony Chen (Haze), and Boo Junfeng (Bedok Jetty) as well as premieres of outstanding work from new and upcoming filmmakers including Dreams of Youth by Daniel Hui and My Blue Heaven / 蓝蓝的天 by Yee-wei Chai.

In celebration of Singapore Short Cuts fifth year is a special screening on 12 July of some of the favourite Singapore Short Cuts films over the years. All screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmmakers.


Sat 12 July
(2 pm) NC16, Duration 80 min

Lorong 27 by Kenny Tan
Pontianak by Raihan Harun
Lim Poh Huat by Lee Wong
Embryo by Loo Zihan
Zo Gang + Zo Hee by Jacen Tan

Sat 19 July
(2 pm) R21, Duration 75:25 min

Wet Season / 水枪 by Michael Tay
Reflections by Ho Tzu Nyen
The New World by K. Rajagopal
My Blue Heaven / 蓝蓝的天 by Yee-wei Chai
Dreams of Youth by Daniel Hui

Sat 26 July
(2 pm) NC16, Duration 84 min

Twogether by Victric Thng
Bedok Jetty by Boo Junfeng
Caramel /黑默糖 by Kelvin Ke
Blank Rounds by Green Zeng
Speakers Cornered by Martyn See

Sat 2 August
(2 pm) R21, Duration 82:20 min

Four Dishes by Leon Cheo
Haze by Anthony Chen
Love through the Ages / 被 骗 by Wendy Chee
Come by Kirsten Tan
Clouds in a Shell / 壳里的云 by Liao Jiekai


Free tickets to the 5th Singapore Short Cuts can be collected at the National Museum of Singapore (Stamford Visitor Services Counter) on Saturday, a week before each weekend’s screening. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and limited to four per person. Any remaining tickets will be given out at the door on the screening day.

Sat 12 July screening (Tickets for collection from Sat 5 July)
Sat 19 July screening (Tickets for collection from Sat 12 July)
Sat 26 July screening (Tickets for collection from Sat 19 July)
Sat 2 August screening (Tickets for collection from Sat 26 July)

Stamford Visitor Services Counter (Level 1)
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road
Singapore 178897
10 am till 7.30 pm

For the latest ratings and more information about the 5th Singapore Short Cuts, please log on to, call 6332 4075 or email

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