Jian Yi

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Jian Yi
Director Jian Yi.jpg
Chinese name 簡藝 (traditional)
Chinese name 简艺 (simplified)
Pinyin Jiǎn Yì (Mandarin)
Origin People's Republic of China
Born Ji'an, Jiangxi, China
Occupation Director
Years active 2000s-present

Jian Yi (Chinese: 简艺; pinyin: jiǎn yì) is a Chinese independent filmmaker, visual artist, and writer.

Biography[edit]

Jian Yi is currently a member of the Art Advisory Board for Yale-China Association, CT, USA. He received an MA in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame in 1998 and an MA in International Journalism from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 1999. He is the founder & director of ARTiSIMPLE Studio which was founded in January 2005 and has pioneered the art of collaborative community and citizen projects. He launched the IFCHINA pilot project in Ji'an of Jiangxi, China in 2008-09 with Douglas Xiao and Eva Song. Jian Yi is a Starr Foundation Fellowship grantee (’07-‘08) under the New York-based Asian Cultural Council, a Fellow ('08-'10) of the India China Institute at the New School in New York City and a Visiting Fellow (‘07) at CRASSH of Cambridge University. Jian Yi is one of the Yale World Fellows appointed by Yale University in the year 2009. He is a delegate to Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Jakarta in 2011.

He is one of the three Chinese national finalists selected by the British Council for its 2007 International Young Film Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has worked as a filmmaker and senior art consultant for a number of European Union projects in China. In 2005-06, he partnered with premier documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang to launch the China Villager Documentary Project. Jian's photos on China's village governance toured the nation's seven provinces as well as the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels and the European Parliament in Strasburg.

In 2007, Jian Yi won the Bronze Zenith Award at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival, for the feature drama Dong Sun (Bamboo Shoots), one of only two Asian films to win an award. Mr. Jian also produced and directed Super Girls!, the only independently produced documentary film about the Super Girl Singing Contest, one of the most popular TV shows in China’s history.

Awards, recognitions and screens for Bamboo Shoots include: Bronze Zenith Award, 27th Montreal World Film Festival 第27届蒙特利尔世界电影节铜天极奖; Digital Cinema Award, 10th Barcelona Asian Film Festival 第10届巴塞罗那亚洲电影节数字电影大奖; Official Selection, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, 2008年双城国际电影节正式参赛影片; Official Selection, 10th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival 第10届印度亚洲及阿拉伯电影节正式参赛影片; Solo screening, Hong Kong Art Center, 2010年香港艺术中心展映. The film official hit Canadian cinemas on August 26th, 2010.

Awards, recognitions and screenings for Super Girls! include: Official Selection, Cambridge Film Festival, 2007年剑桥电影节正式入选片; Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008年纽约现代艺术馆纪录片双周展正式入选片; Cherry Lane Movies, Beijing 北京电影发行公司; Caochangdi Workstation, Beijing 北京草场地工作站; Brooklyn Academy of Music 布鲁克林音乐学院; Yale University 耶鲁大学; New York University 纽约大学; University of Southern California 南加州大学; University of California, Los Angeles 洛杉矶加州大学; Californian Institute of Art 加州艺术学院; The China Institute, New York 纽约中国学院 and many more以及其它。

Interviews of Jian Yi: The Roger Ebert Show: Roger Ebert Show - Chinese Cinema, Oct. 2011 Real Time Arts: You Can't Build on an Emptiness, by Dan Edwards

Filmography[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title
2007–2009 New Socialist Climax (documentary) 红色之旅
2007 Bamboo Shoots (narrative) 冬笋
2007 Super, Girls! (documentary) 超级女生
2009 Remote Control (experimental video, 11 minutes) 遥控
2007–2009 JI'AN 24X60' (experimental video, 24 minutes) JI'AN 24X60'
2009 What's for Dinner (working title: Meat World: China, documentary)

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2012 Global Civics (documentary)

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