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Following the screening of Dust in the Wind, Bart Testa, Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, moderates this roundtable discussion on the vastly influential oeuvre of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien with noted film scholars David Bordwell and James Udden.
- David Bordwell
- Renowned film scholar and film historian David Bordwell has written numerous books on the history and aesthetics of film, most recently Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (second edition), The Way Hollywood Tells It, Poetics of Cinema, and Pandora's Digital Box: Films, Files, and the Future of Movies. He is the Jacques Ledoux Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he won a Distinguished Teaching Award. With his wife Kristin Thompson he is the author of Film Art: An Introduction and Film History: An Introduction. He maintains a website at www.davidbordwell.net, where he and Thompson write a weekly blog on films and film culture.
- James Udden
- James Udden is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. He has lived and researched in Taiwan, resulting in his book, No Man an Island: The Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), the first English-language book on the filmmaker. Udden has also published widely on Asian cinema in various journals and anthologies, including two in separate upcoming volumes on Chinese cinema to be published by BFI and Blackwell Press. His current book project focuses on the rise of the cinemas of Taiwan and Iran in the international festival circuit.
- Bart Testa
Film scholar Bart Testa is senior lecturer at the Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College, University of Toronto. His courses cover a wide range of topics, including Chinese Cinema, European, Asian and European auteurs, narrative theory and cinema, urbanism and film, experimental cinema, science fiction movies and other popular genres. Testa has served on the advisory council of TIFF Cinematheque and has organized several conferences and film festivals with the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, in an ongoing association. He is the author of two books on experimental films: Back and Forth: Early Cinema and the Avant-Garde (1993) and Spirit in the Landscape (1989). In addition, he served as co-editor of the anthology Pier Paolo Pasolini in Contemporary Perspectives (1994), and has published journal articles and anthologized essays, many of them devoted to Canadian films and experimental cinema.