The Peck School is excited to announce an Exchange Screening of Korean student film work. This Thursday, April 25, MFA Film student Jeon Junehyuck presents an evening of short films from Seoul, Korea. The Exchange Screening will feature seven narratives by student filmmakers from Seo Kyeong University. In turn, Junehyuck will bring a selection of UWM student films to show in Korea during his travels this summer.
This free screening takes place April 25 at 7pm in the UWM Union Theatre. The films include A Sunny Summer Has Come by Yoon Young-Don, A Day Worth Dying For by Byun HyunAh, Model Student by Son Tae-Hoon, In the Cold Night by Seo Hyung-Won, An Ordinary Day by Pung Moon-Jeong, Modern Family by Kim Moon-Gyeong and My Mother by Lee Luda.
Continue reading for an interview from April 18,2013 between Jeon Junehyuck and Union Program Manager Brian McGuire.
Brian: What inspired you to organize this exchange of films between Korean and American students?
Jeon: This idea came from an experience I had in Korea, when I was studying at Seokyeong University. A couple of years ago, my teacher there, Minyong Jang, brought a lecturer from San Francisco. He brought some great student film from his school to show us. That was my introduction to a new perspective. I thought it was cool to have an interchange not only of just films, but also of culture This was the inspiration for me to exchange films between Milwaukee and Korea.
Brian: How did the San Francisco screening affect you?
Jeon: At the time I wasn’t making experimental films. I was making conventional narrative short films. After that presentation, I was able to expand my thoughts about cinema and enjoyed exploring different possibilities of making cinema.
Brian: How do you feel this exchange will affect students?
Jeon: I think this is a really interesting and exciting experience -- to have the different types of films to share. We know about the famous filmmakers like Kim Ki-duk, Bong Joon-ho, but we don’t know about Korean student film. So I assume that the independent film and the mainstream film in Korea might have different feeling and shape. I expect the different way we make films in Korea will help Americans to appreciate my country and its people. Even though all the films from Korea in this program are narratives, the subjects and genres are quite different from each other. I hope that UWM students will be inspired by this different culture and its particular ways of making film.
Brian: When you say different, what do you mean?
Jeon: It is different in the subjects that are chosen and in the ways these subjects are approached. Korean filmmakers tend to find a social problem and attach themselves to it.
Brian: Is there experimental Korean film?
Jeon: There are not many experimental filmmakers in Korea. Because cultural diversity is limited in Korea we lack an understanding of the history of experimental film. The approach is and has been mainly narrative. Story. But many people are now making video art, new media art.
Brian: The program -- how was it selected?
Jeon: I suggested a guideline and my fellow students at Seokyeong University selected the films. They have a student film festival there, so they chose films from the festival.
Brian: What about the selection of American films going to Korea?
Jeon: I selected the films: I chose half experimental and half from “other” genres. In addition, half are graduate student films and the other half are from the undergraduate program.
Brian: How did you choose to come to UWM?
Jeon: Because I was starting to look at different ways of making films, I felt I had to go to a school that had the atmosphere that I was looking for. My professor suggested UWM Peck School of the Arts -- Film. After I looked at the website and did some research on the program, I decided that I wanted to go here. I only applied to UWM. So far, I am really satisfied studying here. I really appreciate it. I enjoy the feedback and criticism and feel that it is very honest. I would like to make this an annual event!