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Liquid Image

Zhengfan Yang

2017 00:11:32 United StatesEnglishColorStereo1:1HD video


September 24th, 2016, North Avenue Beach, Chicago. It was a sunny day. According to the weather report, the temperature was 75°F, with the barometer reading of 30 inches height and the wind speed of 13 miles per hour. The time was 2:27 pm, I was standing by the Michigan Lake. In my hand there was a waterproof camera that weighs 2.6 ounces. I pressed the record button on the camera and threw it into the lake. The camera sank into the lake immediately and embarked on a mysterious journey. During the journey, it was elevated, pressed, panned, rotated, and spun by the water. The camera explored the space like a disembodied consciousness, and the moving image it captured was turned into an abstract painting improvised by the nature. Eleven minutes later, the wave delivered the camera back onto the beach with one single long take. This eleven minutes long take later became Liquid Image.

— Zhengfan Yang

About Zhengfan Yang

Zhengfan Yang started his career as a filmmaker in 2007, after he graduated from law school. Over the past ten years, he has made fiction films, documentaries, shorts, and video works. His films have been shown internationally in festivals including Locarno, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Warsaw, Nantes, Melbourne, Taipei, and Hong Kong, as well as in art galleries such as Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Torino), and Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia (Belo Horizonte). His received a Golden Leopard Award nomination from Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), a NETPAC award nomination from Rotterdam Film Festival, a Free Spirit Award nomination from Warsaw Film Festival, and a Jury Award from China Independent Film Festival. He is also the producer and cinematographer of two awardwinning documentaries by Shengze Zhu: Out of Focus (Cinéma du Réel, 2014) and Another Year (Visions du Réel, 2016). Zhengfan Yang lives in Chicago and is now developing his third feature film The Stranger, which received the Hubert Bals Fund script development support. The film is the last part of the Outsider Trilogy, following his previous two features Distant (2013) and Where Are You Going (2016).