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Two screenings of The Hanji Box

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Our two screenings of The Hanji Box last week in the NY metropolitan area were amazing and quite different. In New York, at the Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, the audience consisted mainly of young adult Korean adoptees. At the Film Society of Summit, the audience were mainly the parents of adopted kids. Both discussions were fascinating, and it left me wondering what if those audiences had been combined? That would have been an interesting discussion!
We are now busy developing a study guide that can foster discussions after viewing the film, as well as a sequel… Stay tuned! summit-nj-with-adoptive-parentsscreening-at-gallery
 

Work-in-progress screening at MIFF

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We had a wonderful work-in-progress screening of The Hanji Box at the Maine Int’l Film Festival last week! We asked the audience to fill out a questionnaire, asking them about their reactions to the film. I was so pleased to see that people found the film beautiful, were really interested in the issues, loved the acting, and the only consistent complaint (if it is a complaint) was that they wanted it to continue. They wanted Hannah to go to Korea, with Rose, and meet with with Jung Tae Hee… so actors, get your passports in order!

The wonderful actor Gabriel Byrne was in the audience. He was at the festival to receive a mid-life achievement award, and found time to come and watch our little film. He was incredibly complementary, loved the story, the issues, the complexity of the issues around adoption, cultural identity, America’s role in dividing Korea.

I have spent the last week adjusting the film based on my notes, tweaking it,and finally feel ready to get it out there. I feel hopeful that there will be an audience for this film!IMG_7694

Jan. 18th Update

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On Martin Luther King Day, a day to celebrate diversity and difference…
A quick update on our progress:
After various tries with sound mixers, Rikk Degres from Northampton will be doing EQ’ing, etc. so hopefully the film will sound great even when showing the film in the most challenging venue (like an art gallery!).
Meanwhile, the color grader, Jamie Dickinson, is doing wonders with the color correction (it didn’t look too shabby even without the color correction). Charles Geohagen is working on a trailer.
When all of that is done, we will start submitting the film to film festivals! Let us know if there are some that you think we should try for!

Hanji Box update, August 24th

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After a month of technical computer upgrades, hard drive purchases, transcoding all the different footage formats to Apple Pro Res, I am finally well immersed into the editing! I am also getting used to Adobe Premiere Pro–even though I loved Final Cut 7. It’s great to be digitally surrounded by all of the wonderful actors we had the pleasure of working with.