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    BEIJING TAXI vividly portrays modern-day China through a humanistic lens, documenting a profound transformation in an era of Olympic transitions. The intimate lives of three cabbies connect a morphing cityscape and a lyrical journey through fragments of a society riding a bumpy road to modernization.

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  2. This sample video reflects the aesthetic and style and potential characters intended for Maine-land with footage that we've shot over our initial research trips. We are actively seeking funding support to go to China to shoot production footage and develop the narrative.

    Please note: Some footage was shot on lower quality video during very early research phase, we will reshoot those sections at a later time.

    ABOUT MAINE-LAND
    LOGLINE
    Three Chinese adolescents leave everything they know to attend a prep school in rural Maine, where their dreams and perceptions distort, evolve, and clash with the life they came from and may return to.

    SHORT
    MAINE-LAND is a story about three adolescents from China’s emerging upper-middle class coming of age in an American prep school. Set against the backdrop of capitalist China as a rising superpower, their fresh and humorous adventures span from Chinese metropolises to rural Maine, from a collectivist upbringing to individualist angst. While their stories begin with a search for competitive advantage and a “superior” education, their perceptions distort and evolve into dreams of their own as they adjust to their new life. But will they be able to reconcile these dreams with the life they came from and may return to?

    LONG
    From Mainland China to Maine USA, MAINE-LAND begins with admission officer Chris Hibbard from Fryeburg Academy interviewing dozens of high school students in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Over the course of the admissions process, Chris, the parents, and the students navigate and negotiate each other’s hopes and expectations. We initially follow four to five potential candidates in their school and family life in China as they prepare to study abroad. We eventually narrow down to three characters and a couple of supporting characters. From the bustling cityscapes of China to the quiet landscapes of rural Maine, we follow them as they try to understand and adjust to a new educational system and new cultural rites of passages. The story is told through very intimate, emotional, and humorous perspectives accentuating the use of cinematic techniques and poetic storytelling. The narrative structure of the film traces the students’ lives before they leave China, their arrival in Maine, their first year there, and their return home to China the summer after.

    American private high school diplomas have become the new must-have for the upwardly mobile Chinese. Since 2005, there has been a 100% increase in the number of Chinese students enrolled in American private high schools, from 65 to 6750. Most families see it as a worthy investment and a reliable path to an even higher goal: Ivy League colleges, and subsequently, a competitive advantage, security (both political and financial), and a global perspective. With elite boarding schools in the US costing around $50,000 per year, and an economic recession that has left many American schools ridden with cutbacks, this huge influx of Chinese applicants also helps to keep these schools afloat.

    On the surface these students might seem hardly distinguishable and fits into the stereotype of just another over-achieving Chinese student: they all set out with high academic scores, particularly in the math and sciences, and often claim they hope to go into finance, business, science or engineering. Hints of their colors do emerge in interview moments when Stephanie bursts into singing, Summer expresses her curiosity for filmmaking, and Harry talks about how one Western-educated summer school teacher who challenged his concept of “hedonism” triggered his desire to study in the US. The Chinese are united by a deep frustration with what’s often considered a mechanical and one-dimensional Chinese education, and a desire to pursue an American style education that values creative and critical thinking. Neither the students nor the parents, however, know little of the American education in practice. As the students struggle to adjust to the new system and a new culture, their dreams and aspirations also start to evolve and change. Coming from a culture where respect for your elders and “the right path” is still very dominant, how will they juggle their ability to rebel and conform simultaneously? How will they integrate with the American day-school students and an American high school culture that puts more weight on social interactions rather than top grades?

    STYLE AND POINT OF VIEW
    Shot on cinematic high-definition video on location in Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian in China, and Fryeburg, Maine in the USA, Maine-Land will juxtapose the bustling cityscapes of a fast developing China with the quiet small town landscapes of Maine and a slice of Main street America in recession. We will shoot the crowded streets of the Chinese cities and frenzy of development with a more handheld and gritty feel. The soundscape will be layered and rich. There is a sense of dizzying claustrophobia. The colors will be more saturated and rich, through a hazy filter of the omnipresent smog that fills each city sky in China. Each frame seems to not be able to contain enough, with elements and action on the fringe and falling outside the frame. The style in Maine will be somewhat different. The shots will be more static and expansive. Each tableau of the town and surrounding environment shows more negative space. The color palette is predominantly blue, green, gray, and a lot of (snow) white in the winter. The sound of nature and quietness is heightened in the soundscape of Maine.

    CURRENT STATUS
    Maine-land is currently in early production stage. We have been doing extensive research on the topic for over a year. We have done a research trip to China as well as two in Maine. Even though we cannot finalize the main subjects of the documentary until March 2012 (the interview process is an essential part of the film and the shooting process in late October and February 2012), we have met some very intriguing samples of students. Two of the students we have met so far are potential supporting characters in the film. We are actively applying for grants, and seek your support in the funding we need for the next three production trips to China in 2012, as well as two to three trips to Maine.

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  3. LOGLINE
    Three Chinese adolescents leave everything they know to attend a prep school in rural Maine, where their dreams and perceptions distort, evolve, and clash with the life they came from and may return to.

    SHORT
    MAINE-LAND is a story about three adolescents from China’s emerging upper-middle class coming of age in an American prep school. Set against the backdrop of capitalist China as a rising superpower, their fresh and humorous adventures span from Chinese metropolises to rural Maine, from a collectivist upbringing to individualist angst. While their stories begin with a search for competitive advantage and a “superior” education, their perceptions distort and evolve into dreams of their own as they adjust to their new life. But will they be able to reconcile these dreams with the life they came from and may return to?

    CURRENT STATUS
    Maine-land is currently in early production stage. We have been doing extensive research on the topic for over a year. We are actively fundraising - applying for grants, and seek your support in the funding we need for the next two production trips to China in 2012, as well as a few trips to Maine from 2012 to 2013.
    To make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation:
    Women Make Movies - scroll down to Maine-land
    wmm.com/filmmakers/sponsored_projects.aspx?cmd=fm&id=1#1682','MAINE-LAND';

    LONG
    From Mainland China to Maine USA, MAINE-LAND begins with admission officer Chris Hibbard from Fryeburg Academy interviewing dozens of high school students in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Over the course of the admissions process, Chris, the parents, and the students navigate and negotiate each other’s hopes and expectations. We initially follow four to five potential candidates in their school and family life in China as they prepare to study abroad. We eventually narrow down to three characters and a couple of supporting characters. From the bustling cityscapes of China to the quiet landscapes of rural Maine, we follow them as they try to understand and adjust to a new educational system and new cultural rites of passages. The story is told through very intimate, emotional, and humorous perspectives accentuating the use of cinematic techniques and poetic storytelling. The narrative structure of the film traces the students’ lives before they leave China, their arrival in Maine, their first year there, and their return home to China the summer after.

    American private high school diplomas have become the new must-have for the upwardly mobile Chinese. Since 2005, there has been a 100% increase in the number of Chinese students enrolled in American private high schools, from 65 to 6750. Most families see it as a worthy investment and a reliable path to an even higher goal: Ivy League colleges, and subsequently, a competitive advantage, security (both political and financial), and a global perspective. With elite boarding schools in the US costing around $50,000 per year, and an economic recession that has left many American schools ridden with cutbacks, this huge influx of Chinese applicants also helps to keep these schools afloat.

    On the surface these students might seem hardly distinguishable and fits into the stereotype of just another over-achieving Chinese student: they all set out with high academic scores, particularly in the math and sciences, and often claim they hope to go into finance, business, science or engineering. Hints of their colors do emerge in interview moments when Stephanie bursts into singing, Summer expresses her curiosity for filmmaking, and Harry talks about how one Western-educated summer school teacher who challenged his concept of “hedonism” triggered his desire to study in the US. The Chinese are united by a deep frustration with what’s often considered a mechanical and one-dimensional Chinese education, and a desire to pursue an American style education that values creative and critical thinking. Neither the students nor the parents, however, know little of the American education in practice. As the students struggle to adjust to the new system and a new culture, their dreams and aspirations also start to evolve and change. Coming from a culture where respect for your elders and “the right path” is still very dominant, how will they juggle their ability to rebel and conform simultaneously? How will they integrate with the American day-school students and an American high school culture that puts more weight on social interactions rather than top grades?

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Three Waters Productions was founded in 2005 by Miao Wang as a fully-integrated independent production company that develops and produces films for global distribution. TWP’s first feature-length documentary, Beijing Taxi, premiered at SXSW 2010, won…


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Three Waters Productions was founded in 2005 by Miao Wang as a fully-integrated independent production company that develops and produces films for global distribution. TWP’s first feature-length documentary, Beijing Taxi, premiered at SXSW 2010, won several awards, and has toured over 30 film festivals worldwide. It was broadcast on PBS in June 2011. It is distributed worldwide by Journeyman Pictures. Beijing Taxi has been awarded grants and support from the Sundance Institute, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Tribeca Film Institute, and IFP. We are currently in pre-production on several new films. TWP’s focus is on creative and cinematic films that inspire cultural understanding, build connections, and a more humanist perspective of the world. Our focus is on films with an international scope.

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