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An AFI Thesis Film

GOLD  fortune  

《永久居留》

TO LEAVE.  TO STAY.

 

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AWARDS & PRESS

AWARDS/

9th Amsterdam International Film Festival, 2018 – VAN GOGH AWARDS BEST DRAMA

5th AFMA Film Festival of Young Cinema, 2018 - BEST FILM & BEST DIRECTOR

17th Riverside International Film Festival 2018  -  BEST STUDENT FILM NOMINATION

2nd Beijing NEW ERA Film Festival, 2017  -  BEST NARRATIVE SHORT  

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS/

7th Delhi International Film Festival, 2018

1st Joy International Film Festival, 2018

8th UK Film Festival, 2018

6th Universe Multicultural Film Festival, 2018

 

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ABOUT

 

Inspired by a true crime story.

A 25-year-old Chinese young man, YUZHONG has been working in various Chinese restaurant kitchens since he illegally entered United States in the hope of a better life. As he moves to Los Angeles to seek legal identity through asylum fraud, he meets and falls in love with a waitress at his cousin’s restaurant. When YUZHONG receives a phone call from his asylum lawyer that he missed his court hearing, where would the tide of fortune take him to?

 

FILMMAKERS

  Shiyu "Rhyme" Lu     arastage@gmail.com    DIRECTOR/WRITER   Directing fellow at American Film Institute. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BS in Applied Math and Economics. However, he has been preparing for a filmmaking career since sophomore year. After graduation, Rhyme has worked on four Chinese feature films as assistant director. He was fortunate enough to have collaborated with and learned from great Chinese directors such as Ho-cheung Pang, Jeffrey Lau and Stanley Kwan. Feature productions honed his execution and communication skills. Rhyme also directed many commercial videos, enhancing his directing and creative skills.

Shiyu "Rhyme" Lu

arastage@gmail.com

DIRECTOR/WRITER

Directing fellow at American Film Institute. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BS in Applied Math and Economics. However, he has been preparing for a filmmaking career since sophomore year. After graduation, Rhyme has worked on four Chinese feature films as assistant director. He was fortunate enough to have collaborated with and learned from great Chinese directors such as Ho-cheung Pang, Jeffrey Lau and Stanley Kwan. Feature productions honed his execution and communication skills. Rhyme also directed many commercial videos, enhancing his directing and creative skills.

  Danwen Lei    leidanwen@gmail.com    PRODUCER   Producing fellow at American Film Institute. She received a Fine Art degree from Beijing Film Academy in China, accomplished multiple short films in different positions including editor, VFX producer and director. Her graduation project WHERE THE DREAM BEGINS was a finalist for Outstanding VFX in a Student Project at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards. She also worked on the 3D feature film THE MONKEY KING as VFX supervisor assistant. Before going to AFI, she did pre-production for multiple 3D large-format films in Beijing as a producer assistant.

Danwen Lei

leidanwen@gmail.com

PRODUCER

Producing fellow at American Film Institute. She received a Fine Art degree from Beijing Film Academy in China, accomplished multiple short films in different positions including editor, VFX producer and director. Her graduation project WHERE THE DREAM BEGINS was a finalist for Outstanding VFX in a Student Project at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards. She also worked on the 3D feature film THE MONKEY KING as VFX supervisor assistant. Before going to AFI, she did pre-production for multiple 3D large-format films in Beijing as a producer assistant.

  Ashish Dawar    ashish.dawar@gmail.com    CINEMATOGRAPHER   Cinematography fellow at American Film Institute. After shot and produced a variety of content in India for 6 years, he completed his MBA (Finance) from the illustrious "Sri Sathya Sai University" in 2005. He subsequently followed his passion to tell stories & create imagery. His first feature "Under the same sun" had a world premier at the Mill Valley Festival 2015 in San Francisco and won the silver audience choice award. Subsequently, He shot a language feature "Kandathai Sollugiren" for National Award winning director, B.Lenin. He also shot a documentary feature 'Jhatka' (2014) for Mr.Lenin.

Ashish Dawar

ashish.dawar@gmail.com

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Cinematography fellow at American Film Institute. After shot and produced a variety of content in India for 6 years, he completed his MBA (Finance) from the illustrious "Sri Sathya Sai University" in 2005. He subsequently followed his passion to tell stories & create imagery. His first feature "Under the same sun" had a world premier at the Mill Valley Festival 2015 in San Francisco and won the silver audience choice award. Subsequently, He shot a language feature "Kandathai Sollugiren" for National Award winning director, B.Lenin. He also shot a documentary feature 'Jhatka' (2014) for Mr.Lenin.

  Matthew Allen    matt_allen1@icloud.com    EDITOR   Editing fellow at American Film Institute. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Media Production. He served as office intern at CBS Films and provided support on the films THE DUFF, WHAT IF and PRIDE. While studying in London, Matt attended courses at the VET Post Production Facility in East London and received his Avid Media Composer User Certification. He interned with the Weinstein Company at the 2014 and 2015 Cannes Film Festivals. Matt edited the independent feature film MY FRIEND VIOLET that will be released next year.

Matthew Allen

matt_allen1@icloud.com

EDITOR

Editing fellow at American Film Institute. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Media Production. He served as office intern at CBS Films and provided support on the films THE DUFF, WHAT IF and PRIDE. While studying in London, Matt attended courses at the VET Post Production Facility in East London and received his Avid Media Composer User Certification. He interned with the Weinstein Company at the 2014 and 2015 Cannes Film Festivals. Matt edited the independent feature film MY FRIEND VIOLET that will be released next year.

 afi

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools.

Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

DIRECTING

David Lynch  (BLUE VELET, ERASERHEAD, MULHOLLAND DRIVE)

Darren Aranofsky  (BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM)

Andrea Arnold  (WUTHERING HEIGHTS, FISH TANK)

Paul Schrader  (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER)

Terrence Malick  (TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE, BADLANDS) 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Janusz Kamiński  (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SCHINDLER'S LIST)

Robert Richardson  (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE HATEFUL EIGHT)

Matthew Libatique  (BLACK SWAN, IRON MAN)

Wally Pfister  (INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT)

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Andrew Max Cahn  (UP IN THE AIR,  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY-PARTS 1&2, THE HANGOVER)

Bryan Felty  (BLACK MASS, THE HEAT)

Sharon Seymour (ARGO, THE TOWN)

 

PRODUCING

Dante Di Loreto (TEMPLE GRANDIN) 

Anne Garefino (SOUTH PARK, THE BOOK OF MORMON)

Pieter Jan Brugge  (HEAT, THE INSIDER)

David Gross  (ROOM, GOON)

Allison Jones  (VEEP, BRIDESMAIDS)

Steve Golin  (SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT)

 

SCREENWRITING

Brad Falchuk  (GLEE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY)

David Arata  (CHILDREN OF MEN, SPY GAME)

Scott Frank  (MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT)

John Shiban  (BREAKING BAD, THE X-FILES)

 

EDITING

Victor DuBois  (THE LAST SAMURA, GREY'S ANATOMY)

Christopher Gay  (12 MONKEYS, MAD MEN)

Affonso Gonçalves  (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WINTER'S BONE, TRUE DETECTIVE)

 

背井离乡,何去何从。黑在美国的故事。

——美国电影学院华人电影作品《永久居留》

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    大家好,我们是来自美国电影类院校的最高学府——美国电影学院(American Film Institute) 的研究生。借创作毕业作品的机会,我们带来了陈宇中的故事,希望能以此展现在美华人的梦想、热望,以及他们的挣扎。

【故事简述】

    25 岁的陈宇中黑在洛杉矶一家中餐馆后厨打工。通过借债偷渡来美国,挣扎着生存、还债、 攒钱。他期望着通过政治庇护早日获得合法身份。他心甘情愿低下头成为生活的“奴隶”,为了实现许 多华人餐厅打工者共有的“美国梦”:一家自己的餐馆,一个相爱的人。这样的生活,全部建立在一个合法身份的基础上。然而,当“美国梦”随着一张递解令而破碎的时候,命运的浪潮又会将他推往何方?

【导演阐述】

    2013 年十月,纽约布鲁克林华人区发生一桩灭门惨案。25 岁的中国福建小伙陈闽东,用刀砍死了他的表嫂以及 4个孩子。彼时我刚从美国大学毕业,回到深圳。听到新闻,我以为是一桩泯灭人性的惨案,嫌疑人或许具有反社会人格。当时所有的英文报道,都试图寻找这个中国小伙的行凶动机,放大所有能够塑造一个怪物的蛛丝马迹。惊扼于凶案之余,我跟每个事不关己的听者一样,继续自己的生活。

    直到2016年 5 月,朋友圈里一篇由《人物》杂志记者蒋贺子所写的《偷渡客在美杀人事件》的纪实文学再次激起我关于惨案的回忆。读罢全文,一种深深的无奈和悲痛积在我胸口,久久不散。贺子历时 15 个月的调查采访,并没有找到陈闽东杀人的真正动机,然而这也不是《偷渡客在美杀人事件》所探究的。重要的是,读完文章之后的我,已经开始陈闽东当做一个跟我一个样的个体,一个真实的人来看待,而不是新闻媒体所塑造的monster。他和我一样有七情六欲,喝过美利坚的冰水,呼吸过美利坚的空气,做过一个叫美利坚的梦,品尝过一种叫美利坚的寂寞。有那么一刻,我觉得我能理解他。留学,偷渡,都是背井离乡,为了一个小小的希望,为了自己和家人更好的明天。陈闽东在美国打工将近 10 年,不会说英语。再次回到美国的我,6 年留美的时间虽然说着流利的英语,却也从未感觉靠岸。这部电影的题语言是“To leave. To stay”。一层意思是“为了归来,所以离开”,另一层意思则是,背井离乡的人,究竟何去何从?像陈闽东一样的年轻人,背上因为付给蛇头所欠下的 7 万美金债务来到美国打工,对自己的命运又有多少选择和把握的权利呢?

    2016 年 12 月 17 日,我坐在克林顿监狱的探视厅里,等待着他,身体发抖。我横穿美国,驱车从纽约北上 500 公里,就是为了见到这个陌生的灵魂。陈闽东一身绿色的制服,从远处的门里出现。警官松开他的手铐,指了指我的方向,于是他疑惑地看向我。他伸出手,跟我握手,那一刻,我才停止颤抖。说明来意后,我们开始攀谈。我问:“你谈过恋爱吗?牵过女孩子的手吗?”他笑着摇摇头。“不工作的时候喜欢做什么?” “看电影。” “什么电影?” “武侠,金庸。” “你最喜欢金庸的哪个人物?” “令狐冲。当了大侠却退隐江湖。” 陈闽东激动地补充道:“然后和任盈盈两个人一起弹《笑傲江湖曲》。” 当我问他后悔来美国吗,他很少见的不加思索的回答道: “不后悔”。我诧异的问:“为什么?” “因为在美国只要努力,就会有机会。” 我琢磨着他的答案,不能自已。他爱看《笑傲江湖》,爱听张信哲,张雨生,觉得最好看的女明星是刘亦菲。1988 年出生的陈闽东,只比我大三岁。随着我在美国的走访和调查,又接触了很多比我还小的来自福建、广东的年轻人。曾经那些第一代中国移民的偷渡、打拼的血泪史,到了今天还在上演......

 《永久居留》受真实事件启发再创作,并不拘于真实事件。

 

【关于学校】

    美国电影学院(American Film Institute Conservatory)坐落于美国电影工业的中心好莱坞。自 1969 年成立以来,培养了众多来自世界各地致力于讲好故事的电影人。知名校友包括《穆赫兰道》导演大卫·林奇,《黑天鹅》、《梦之安魂曲》导演达伦·阿罗诺夫斯基,《无耻混蛋》、《八恶人》摄影指导罗伯特·里查德森,《房间》制片人大卫·格罗斯,《聚焦》、《荒野猎人》制片人史蒂夫·格林等等。

 
 
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