The Lulu Sessions (USA, 2011): LuLu is unlike anyone you’ve ever met. A hard-living, chain-smoking rebel with a tender heart. A poet with a potty mouth. Farm girl. Former cheerleader. World-class cancer researcher. Beloved professor. Dr. Louise Nutter, or LuLu has just discovered a new anti-cancer drug when she finds out she is dying of breast cancer herself at 42. Shot during those last 15 months of LuLu’s life, The LuLu Sessions is a raw, intimate, yet surprisingly humorous story about the filmmaker showing up for her best friend and ex-something, and together, testing the limits of their bond while taking on life’s ultimate adventure.
This screening will be followed by a roundtable with the filmmaker S. Casper Wong and Professor Lana Lin (The New School).
S. Casper Wong is an award-winning writer, director and producer of both narrative and documentary films based in New York. Prior to receiving her MFA in film directing from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Casper was Senior Attorney for IBM, specializing in international intellectual property and antitrust law. She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. in Bio-medical Engineering from Columbia University. She is also a reiki practitioner and an award-winning cartoonist. The LuLu Sessions marks her feature documentary debut; it won a dozen of awards.
Lana Lin is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose creative practice concerns embodied vulnerabilities. Her experimental films and multi-disciplinary projects (as Lin + Lam) have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum, and China-Taipei Film Archive. She has received multiple awards, including the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Lin is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, New York and author of Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects (Fordham, Nov 2017).
Filmmakers in attendance at each screening. Discussion moderated by Professor Feng-Mei Heberer (Asian Film and Media Initiative Interim Director).
Wed, 10/3 The Lulu Sessions (S. Casper Wong, USA, 2011), followed by roundtable with filmmaker S. Casper Wong and Professor Lana Lin (The New School).
Wed, 11/7 Experimental films by Aykan Safoğlu & Sylvia Schedelbauer
Tues, 11/27 Lesbian Factory (Susan Chen, Taiwan, 2010)
Wed, 11/28 Rainbow Popcorn (Susan Chen, Taiwan, 2013)