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Documenting the Global City: 2014 USC/CUC Student Film Collaboration

Film students from the University of Southern California and Communication University of China pair up to create revealing documentaries. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two universities.

February 20, 2015
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Still from Leftover Park  相亲公园 by Li Hongpei 李红霈 and Craig David Smith.

Beginning in 2006, USC students and students from Communication University of China have partnered in creating short documentaries on life in the Global Cities of Beijing and Los Angeles. In 2014, the partnership was based in Beijing under the guidance of CUC Professors Ren Changzhen, Tang Peilin, and Yang Rongyu and USC Professor Pablo Frasconi.

Each summer, students from USC pair up with those from CUC and have just a few weeks to discuss possible topics and to complete the short films featured here.

This program was created by USC’s Marsha Kinder and Mark Harris and CUC’s Guan Ling and Tang Peilin. From the outset, Stephen Lesser has provided much needed financial support. Essential backing has come from the USC School for Cinematic Arts and the CUC School of Theater, Film and Television.

In summer 2015, the program will be based in Los Angeles and led by Prof. Frasconi and colleagues from CUC.

Click on the titles below to view the films created through this unique collaboration of pairs of USC/CUC students. The films are also available at the USCI YouTube channel.

Leftover Park  相亲公园
Li Hongpei 李红霈 and Craig David Smith

Once Upon a Time in the East  鼓楼牛仔
Zhang Chenzi  张晨子 and Andrew Vasquez

Dama Dance 广场舞
Yang Yinglong  扬盈龙 and Anna Romano

To the Quarry and Back  芸芸狗生
Lu Xi  卢西 and Eddie Mattola

Tiny Wings  微小应翅膀
Chen Xuanying 陈渲颖  and Rachel Victoria Byrd

The Boundary  边界
Zhang Ye 张烨  and Ge Yufan  葛雨凡


Click here to view the projects from other years: 
2006 | 2008 | 2009 | 2011 | 2014 | 2016

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