Sun Nov 15 | Inside Hollywood & A Rising China
Please join us for the 1990 Institute’s second annual Youth Voices on China brunch benefit. Don’t miss out on a great Hollywood panel and a delectable Asian-inspired menu from Butterfly chef/owner Rob Lam, San Francisco Chronicle’s “Rising Star Chef.”
This brunch kicks off our 2016 national online video contest, which aims to inspire U.S. students to broaden their understanding about U.S.-China relations and explore why China is important to their future.
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
10:00 am: Doors Open & Greetings
10:15 am: Brunch
10:45 am: Program, followed by Q&A
Please purchase tickets by Fri Nov 13.
$79 pp if purchased by November 10; $89 pp thereafter
$69 for current educators & students with valid .edu address
Seating is limited. Advance tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Hollywood films, with their deft ability to enthrall and influence, have always played a key “cultural ambassador” role for the United States. However, with recent wave of major investments in Hollywood studios, films and partnerships by China’s Dalian Wanda, Huayi Brothers and others, the industry’s global balance of power is starting to shift.
China, now the world’s second largest box office, installed 5000 new theater screens last year and generated $4.8 B in receipts. And notably, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent also established in-house production arms to create content. With China’s box office growing 30% annually, what is the outlook for greater U.S.-China collaboration? Will we see more Chinese storylines on the big screen and online? What opportunities exist for young professionals?
Join us for a lively fireside chat with acclaimed film producer Janet Yang, actor Russell Wong, Sony Pictures’ China expert Steve Bruno, and actress Diana Weng, best known as Jackie Chan‘s dialect coach. Hear the insider stories on how films like The Martian are adapted and financed for release in China, to the challenges of cross-border careers.
In the context of overall U.S.-China relations, the opportunity to leverage the power of film to educate global audiences about China, its culture, and Chinese in America has never looked more promising.
FEATURED SPEAKERS: (see full bios here)
- Janet Yang, Film Producer (The Joy Luck Club, Shanghai Calling, The People Vs. Larry Flynt). As one of Hollywood Reporter’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood,” she worked closely with Stephen Spielberg and was President of Ixtlan, the production company she formed with Academy Award-winning Writer/Director Oliver Stone.
- Steve Bruno, President, United Entertainment Partners (UEP), China’s leading film distribution & marketing firm for titles including Monkey King and Sony’s Spider Man franchise. He is also now focused on bringing China product into America. Previously, he was Sony Pictures’ SVP of film distribution, adapting numerous titles such as RoboCop, The DaVinci Code, and Kung Fu Hustle for China and Asian markets.
- Russell Wong, Actor (New Jack City, Romeo Must Die, The Joy Luck Club). One of Hollywood’s leading Asian American actors, he most recently co-starred with Brandon Routh in Lost in the Pacific, the Chinese 3D film feature opening in Asia in December 2015. Wong also starred in two acclaimed HBO Asia original TV series, Grace and Serangoon Road.
- Diana Weng, Dialogue coach to Jackie Chan and actress (The Tuxedo, Dharma & Greg). She assists Mr. Chan on many of his English-speaking roles and co-productions, including the blockbuster franchises, Rush Hour and Kung Fu Panda to Shanghai Knights.
- Stephanie Yang, Moderator. Before becoming a Silicon Valley communications strategist in technology and entertainment, she previously managed New Line Cinema’s online marketing releases for its films, including The Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Wedding Crashers.
PARKING & TRANSPORTATION:
- Butterfly is conveniently located next to SF’s Public Light Rail Station at Bay and Embarcadero.
- A parking lot is available directly across tfrom Butterfly at the corner of Bay and Embarcadero.
- Metered street parking is also available along the Embarcadero.