Two documentaries directed by Asian-American filmmakers have been nominated for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Documentary (Feature): Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap” and Jimmy Chin’s “Free Solo,” which is also co-directed by his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
“Free Solo” follows world renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to fulfill his wish to climb El Capitan, the 3,000-foot granite rock in Yosemite National Park, in June 2017, AsAm News reported. He became the only athlete to ever make the treacherous ascent without any ropes or safety equipment.
Legendary Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai recently received an honorary degree from Harvard University along with six other talented international professionals.
Wong’s honorary degree of doctor of arts for his contribution to the film industry was awarded to him during Harvard University’s 367th Commencement last Thursday. It was the first time an Asian filmmaker received such a recognition from the prestigious university.
There was virtually “no change” in the number of directors of Asian descent behind over 1,000 of the highest-grossing films released in the last 10 years, a report has found.
The report, released by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, surveyed each year’s 100 highest-grossing movies between 2007 and 2016. It found that only 34, or 3.4%, had an Asian director.