This is definitely not just another documentary film.
The film itself has an important role for the exhibition based event we created for Diesel in 2007. Besides Suitman, we invited four New York based artists - Jose Parla, Deanne Cheuk, Romon Yang and Davi Russo - to participate in this project.
To deliver more than an exhibition, we took the artists to an inspiration gathering journey and brought a film crew along to document the experience – how everyone came together and learned from a different culture to create their inspired pieces for the final exhibition in Beijing.
The artists and the film crew travelled from Shanghai via Yunnan to the final destination in Shangri-la, meeting the Chief Lama who was leading the creation of the longest ‘Tongka’ (the traditional Tibetan Buddhism art) ever produced, experiencing the cultural exchange with lama-artists, visiting a run-down village school in one the poorest area in China, and challenging themselves with many first time life experience.
Key Crew list
Executive Producer: Young Kim & Julia Kwan
Director: Jim Helton, Mark Foster & Rey Parla
Camera: Mark Foster & Rey Parla
Line Producer: Mark Chen & Yu Wei-xin ( China ); Jose Parla ( New York )
Editor: Jim Helton
Still Photography: Davi Russo
Sound Recording: Chen Min & Zhu Xiao-du
Live Music Performance: Tibetan folk song by Zhou Ma; guitar and vocal by local Tibetan singer
Sound Design: Roberto Lange
The New Grand Tour Title Graphics: Jose Parla