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Film Screening of Traces of the Brush: The Heartprint of Fu Shen
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Research Library (11348 YRL), UCLA Library
The East Asian Library is honored to present the documentary film directed by Eros Zhao, a UCLA graduate, about one of the most highly regarded experts in Chinese painting and calligraphy connoisseurship Dr. Shen Fu. Fu is one of the last traditional connoisseurs living today, whose historical scholarship coupled with an expert command and practice of Chinese painting and calligraphy made him equally a scholar, collector, connoisseur, educator, and artist.
The film features interviews with Fu, who celebrates his 81th birthday in 2018 and will be present at this screening, as well as with notable scholars of Chinese art including, Jay Xu, Asian Art Museum; Mimi Gardner Gates, Dunhuang Foundation; Mike Hearn, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kungshin Chou, Former Director, National Palace Museum in Taiwan; Jan Stuart, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; Richard Barnhart, Yale University; Lothar Ledderose, University of Heidelberg; Qianshen Bai, Boston University and Marilyn Wong Gleysteen, among others.
Eros Zhao 趙碩. Director Eros Zhao is Dr. Fu Shen‘s last pupil. As an artist, he has degrees from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and became a faculty member at SAIC after graduating. Later he received an MA in the study of Chinese art history at UCLA, where he met Dr. Fu Shen. Since 2015, he has been in production on this documentary film project, during which he has traveled around the world with Fu Shen, interviewing important figures and documenting Fu Shen’s life, work, and studies.
Jeff Kryka. A composer who studied music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with composers Stephen Dembski, Laura Schwendinger, and Joel Naumann, receiving his undergraduate degree in May 2006. In the fall of that year he began graduate work at the University of California-Los Angeles, studying with composers Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, Ian Krouse, and David Lefkowitz. He received his masters degree in 2008, and his PhD in 2011. At UCLA he also studied film music with composers Charles Fox, Laura Karpman, and orchestration with Bruce Broughton.
Michael Berry. His areas of research include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, popular culture in modern China, and literary translation. Berry’s approach is transnational and his work addresses the richness and diversity of Chinese art and culture as it has manifested itself in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Sinophone communities.