WORK-IN-PROGRESS WORKSHOP: BEI BEI
Q&A to follow with filmmakers
*This event is pay-as-you-wish*
This Work-In-Progress screening and workshop for BEI BEI is the first chance to see and offer commentary on an engrossing and thrilling documentary that features two unlikely women: a Chinese immigrant who is charged with first-degree murder after attempting to commit suicide and her American lawyer who finds herself working on a case that belongs in a long history of attacks on women’s rights.
With the filmmakers in attendance, AAIFF will be screening the first 38 minutes of BEI BEI and then hosting a question and answer session and conversation with industry professionals about the documentary.
This workshop is meant to provide chance for the filmmakers to receive feedback, both from industry professionals and from community members. For the audience, it’ll be an opportunity to learn about the process of making a documentary and how to get involved in the fight for women’s reproductive rights.
About BEI BEI:
A legal and political drama about two extraordinary women: one, a Chinese immigrant charged with feticide and first degree murder; and the other, a white collar, successful lawyer, who unwittingly finds herself defending a woman against legally unprecedented charges. BEI BEI represents a story that could potentially be replicated across the United States as women’s rights continue to be attacked.
Screening- 38 mins
Q+A – 15 mins
Industry Roundtable – 30 mins
About the Producer/Directors:
Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt are partners in Incite Pictures/Cine Qua Non, who produce and direct feature documentaries that entertain, educate and explore critical contemporary issues. BEI BEI is the latest in a series of films focusing on women from marginalized communities whose personal journeys dramatize the fraught terrain of reproductive rights and justice. Prior titles include YOUNG LAKOTA, THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX, LIVE FREE OR DIE, FATHERHOOD USA, THE ABORTION PILL, and CODE BLUE: NEW ORLEANS. Their work has been called “unique and memorable,” “pure gold,” and “balanced and truthful,” by the Milwaukee Journal, Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times, respectively. The Washington Post wrote, “Their fly-on-the-wall approach fulfills one of the glorious promises of documentary—to put us in the middle of situations we otherwise might never be in.” In addition to national U.S. broadcasts, their work has been broadcast on the CBC’s Passionate Eye in Canada, The BBC in England, NHK, Indian TV (several broadcasters), and many other outlets around the world. Their films have won Best Cinematography at The Sundance Film Festival, The Audience Award at SXSW, The Emerging Picture Award at Full Frame, and The Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Post Screening Panelists:
Marion Lipschutz, Director
Rose Rosenblatt, Director
Suzie Almono, Producer
Lllian Luan, Producer
Ariel Loh, Producer