Performing Arts

Film: The Rising Tide

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Reception: 6 pm, Screening: 7 pm

Robert Adanto’s The Rising Tide is a feature-length documentary that explores China’s meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of the Middle Kingdom’s most talented photographers and video artists, including Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Chen Qiulin, and O Zhang. Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, this unflinching and incisive study captures the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. “An often surprising and thought-provoking documentary,” wrote WICN’s Mark Lynch, “The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way. An ‘eye-opener’ in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator or art teacher be sure to catch this film.”

“If you want a living sense of China’s contemporary art scene—and the artists who are shaking it up—check out Robert Adanto’s The Rising Tide. It reveals some of the brightest and best new talents, capturing their works, their words, and their faces amid a swiftly changing environment.” – Richard Vine, Senior Editor, Art In America and author of New China, New Art

Classically-trained actor and documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto earned an MFA in Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He made his directorial debut with The Rising Tide (2008.) Pearls on the Ocean Floor (2010,) his latest work, examines the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. Featuring interviews with art luminaries Shirin Neshat and Shadi Ghadirian, that film was an Official Selection at the UK Iranian Film Festival in London and The Glasgow International Film Festival, and received the Bronze Palm Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Mexican International Film Festival. Adanto is currently finishing Darkly Digital & Divine, a film exploring “the post-photographic” world and featuring Erwin Olaf, Ruud van Empel, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Oleg Dou, and Katerina Belkina. Mr. Adanto teaches film and acting at University School of NOVA Southeastern University.

Admission $5 for non-members, Free for students and members

Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
1770 Monroe Street (US-1 and Monroe Street)
Hollywood, Florida, 33020

Image: Wang Qingsong, Flooding, 2003, C-print