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Joanne Shen

Joanne Shen

Documentary Film and Video

About

Joanne Shen is a graduate of Princeton University where she received her bachelor's degree in English literature in 1994. Upon graduation, she worked as a journalist in China and Hong Kong. In 1998, she co-directed and co-produced King of Kowloon, a half-hour documentary about a crippled Cantonese graffiti artist, which has won the Distinguished Award at the Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards.


Cricket Outta Compton

video

JUNE, 2000
VIDEO DURATION: 21:25 MIN.
The game of cricket is alive and flourishing--in Compton, California of all places. Cricket Outta Compton follows the remarkable journey of the Homies and POPz, a team of young men from Compton. They imbue the sport best known as a "gentleman's game" with their own brand of hip-hop style.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Contemporary Documentary Series, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and UCLA Film and Television Archive, 2002-2003

A Neon Life

16mm color film

JUNE, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 7:35 MIN.

A Neon Life is an exploration of the ambiguous beauty of commercial neon signs as seen through the eyes of three individuals who work in the neon sign trade. A neon tube bender, a junkyard neon enthusiast and a sign restoration expert discuss what this mysterious unique light means to them. A Neon Life marries the visual power of neon light with an original, ethereal soundtrack.


Bread

digital video

Co-directed with Purcell Carson
MARCH, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 8 MIN.

Bread examines the efforts of a growing local currency movement in Berkeley.


Type C Personality

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.
Type C Personality is a portrait of a woman who has custom designed her cars to resemble a caterpillar, a frog and a toucan, which symbolize aspects of her personal life philosophy.