For the Unseen

11 minutes, color, stereo sound, DV, 2007
Production: China/USA


Distribution

Videotage, Hong Kong, China

Premiere

Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, 2007

Premiere

Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), “Short Film Competition”, Majestic Crest Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2008

Synopsis

This video references the constructed and subjective qualities of memory, and the manner in which subliminal family relationships intertwine with the question of individual existence.

Credits

Cinematography, Written, and Edited by Chi-Jang Yin

Reviews

“…Its [For the Unseen’s] deadpan aesthetic combines the best qualities of a short story and a long train ride; we neither see nor hear the conversation, but we suspect it’s with the filmmaker’s father. No story is so personal that it’s untouched by the political and economic environment in which it takes place. The conversation in FOR THE UNSEEN ends with a cash exchange that adds a painful layer to a complicated interaction.”
Cine-File, “Crucial Viewing: Short Films by Chi Jang Yin (New Experimental),” written by Josephine Ferorelli, April 30

Set against the captivating images and sounds of a train in motion, this experimental film subtly explores the fragmented relationship between a father and his daughter.
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2008

Screenings

Links Hall, Memory as Innovation, Curators: Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin, national film and performance art exhibition, Invitational, Chicago, IL, 2009

The Nightingale, Fading out/Fading in–Identities in Transit, Curators: Casey Gibbs and John Lou, Chicago, IL, 2008

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio University, Athena Cinema, Athens, OH, 2008

Chicago Filmmakers, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, For the Unseen, catalogued, Chicago, IL, 2008

Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, represented by Hong Kong Videotage, international film exhibition, Taichung, Taiwan, 2007