Gu Tao

Gu Tao was born in China. He is a Canada-trained experimental and documentary filmmaker. His works have been screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and other festivals. He currently lives and works between China and Montreal. Gu was a radio host in China for many years.


Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Media

Program One: Ruin Tourism

Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 7 pm

The first night of Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Video features Yumen, a documentary that experiments with a variety of forms to explore a once-thriving boom town in China’s northwest. Two short films are also on the program. Building Archaelogy examines the personal and political histories connected to three spaces: an artist’s studio, an abandoned hospital complex that once housed SARS patients, and a prison cell. In On the Way to the Sea, Gu Tao returns to his home in Sichuan in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2008 earthquake.

On the Way to the Sea
Directed by Gu Tao. 20 minutes. 2009. In Chinese with English subtitles.

Building Archaeology (aka A Study of Architecture)
Directed by Xu Ruotao. 15 minutes. 2011. In Chinese with English subtitles.

Directed by J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, & Huang Xiang. 65 minutes. 2013. In Chinese with English subtitles.

Zhou Xin, the curator of Performing China will lead a post-screening discussion of the films.

Admission is free ($10 suggested donation). The house will open approximately 10 minutes before the screening begins.

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