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2nd annual Lifescapes Film Festival at Payap

The Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival screens contemporary films – documentary, docu-drama, or dramatized – to showcase thoughtful work with a social conscience. The festival aims to raise awareness of film culture and filmmakers of mainland Southeast Asia who make meaningful social commentary with their work – showing the beautiful without flinching from grim reality.

Selected films will explore regional issues within mainland Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Lao, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Lifescapes is interactive, offering directors, producers, media representatives, NGO representatives, and audience members the opportunity to join together in post-screening Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and evening social functions throughout the program.

In addition to the films and post-Q&A sessions with filmmakers from the five mainland SE Asian countries, presentation topics include a regional glimpse of the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project, the state of censorship in Southeast Asia, and a discussion of societal depictions in regional commercial films.

Organized through the South East Asian Institute of Global Studies (SEAIGS) at Payap University in Chiang Mai, all activities will take place on the Payap University Mae Khao Campus (behind Big C Extra) in the Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center.

All films will have English subtitles and presentations will be bilingual Thai / English.  All activities are free and open to the public.

Evening Feature Films are are Chiang Mai Premiere Screenings, and Lifescapes will welcome each director in post-Q&A sessions.

Opening Night – Thursday 2 February 2012 at 6:00 pm

Everyone is invited to join us for the Opening Screening of ‘Golden Slumbers’ by French-Khmer director, Davy Chou. After the screening, stay for post-Q&A with the director himself.

Night 2 – Friday 3 February 2012 at 6:30 pm

On the second night we proudly present ‘Lost Loves’ by Chhay Bora, the first feature film about the Khmer Rouge by a Cambodian director & actors.  It tells the story of the director’s mother-in-law, who lost her husband, brother, father, and three children during the regime. Followed by Q&A with director, Chhay Bora.

Night 3 – Saturday 4 February 2012 at 7:00 pm

On the third night we proudly present ‘At The Horizon’ by Anysay Keola. This is independent film produced by a new wave of Lao filmmakers focused on developing Lao films to another level, aiming for international recognition. Anysay will also join us for post-screening Q&A.

Closing Night – Sunday 5 February 2012 at 7:00 pm

The Lifescapes program will culminate with Chiang Mai's premiere screening of ‘Hi-So’ by Aditya Assarat.  This will be held at 7pm at Chiang Mai Vista Kad Suan Kaew, followed by post-Q&A with the director.  This screening will be free of charge. (PR)
 


Charming old city exhibition

The Charming Old City of Chiang Mai exhibition is on display at the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Center behind 3 Kings Monument. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn opened the exhibition on Friday, January 20, 2012. The exhibition features old maps, photos and interactive exhibits about the inner moat area of Chiang Mai.
 


Bon Odori-Lanna Festival at 3 Kings Monument

The Bon Odori Lanna Exchange will be held at 3 Kings Monument on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 6 p.m. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Consulate General of Chiang Mai)

The Consulate General of Japan together with the Japan Society of Chiang Mai and the Chiang Mai Municipality will hold their annual Bon Odori-Lanna Exchange Festival which will feature Japanese performances of the Bon Odori, or Bon Dance, Japanese folk singers, Lanna dancers and performers. Japanese and Thai food will be sold at booths at the event that begins at 6 p.m. on the 29th of January.

The Bon Dance, or Bon Odori in Japanese, is one of the most famous traditional dances in Japan. The Bon Festival is normally held in the summer in Japan, nationwide, and dancers perform to happy welcoming music designed to make the ancestors’ souls feel at home and at ease. The Bon Festival is a time for the Japanese to welcome and respect the souls of their ancestors.
 


Local talent shines in photography exhibit

Some of the many wonderful photos on display at Central Airport Plaza.

By Shana Kongmun

The high quality and diversity of photos displayed at the recent opening of the Chiang Mai Photographic Group exhibit that is on show now at the 2nd Floor Northern Village at Central Airport Plaza should inspire us all to pick up our cameras and view the world in a different dimension.

The photos varied from macro shots of mushrooms by an outstanding young Thai photographer to beautiful travel photos by American Joyce Barnes, and all ages and nationalities in between it would seem. The photos do not focus on South East Asia alone, although since most of the photographers are resident here, a large number were taken in Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in the region. However, there are also magnificent photos from India, the evocative photo of a tearful young Indian bride, outstanding landscape shots of the wilds of the United States, and some wonderful photos of birds that may cause some to start paying attention to the birds around us.

The CMPG annual exhibition is an outstanding display of local talent by both Thais and foreigners and well worth braving the crowds of Central Airport to see. It runs until January 29, 2012.

Talented young Thai photographer Wut shows off his macro photos of dainty mushrooms.

Many visitors to the exhibit were fascinated by the photos.

Joyce Barnes in front of her wonderful photo of boatsmen on Tonle Sap.

The members of the Chiang Mai Photographic Group join for photo of all the photographers who have photos on exhibit.
 


Evocative photos of hill tribes children at 2nd Floor Gallery

Photographers Hong Sar, Frederick Gaghuna and Giedrus Gl’s evocative photos of some of the 300 children now resident in the Agape Orphanage.

By Shana Kongmun

The recent opening of the Dreams of the Lost Children photo exhibition at 2nd Floor Gallery on Ratchapakinai Road, was enlivened by a Skype call to the children living at the Agape Orphanage in Mae Sot where they entertained the gathered audience with several enthusiastic songs. One of the photographers, Hong Sar, then showed a brief film about the children and spoke of their desire to grow and learn.

Photos on sale at the exhibit go towards helping the children at the Agape Orphanage and one look at the faces on display will have you breaking out the wallet to buy a few photos. The children’s faces are still filled with innocence and hope despite their hardships. Helping children to achieve their dreams of becoming a doctor or teacher rather than picking through the piles of rubbish at the dump is one of the main goals of the Agape Orphanage. The 2nd Floor Gallery is located at the corner of Ratwithi and Ratchapakinai Roads.

Photographer Hong Sar spoke to the crowd about the orphanage after showing a brief film on the children and their lives.

All photos are for sale and proceeds go towards purchasing essential items for the children at the orphanage.
 


Lifescapes film festival returns to Chiang Mai

Last year’s Lifescapes Film Festival was held at Payap and Kad Suan Kaew where students and residents attended films and discussed the films after the showing.

The Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival screens contemporary films – documentary, docu-drama, or dramatized – to showcase thoughtful work with a social conscience. The festival aims to raise awareness of film culture and filmmakers of mainland Southeast Asia who make meaningful social commentary with their work – showing the beautiful without flinching from grim reality.

Selected films will explore regional issues within mainland Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Lao, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Lifescapes is interactive, offering directors, producers, media representatives, NGO representatives, and audience members the opportunity to join together in post-screening Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and evening social functions throughout the program.

In addition to the films and post-Q&A sessions with filmmakers from the five mainland SE Asian countries, presentation topics include a regional glimpse of the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project, the state of censorship in Southeast Asia, and a discussion of societal depictions in regional commercial films.

Organized through the South East Asian Institute of Global Studies (SEAIGS) at Payap University in Chiang Mai, all activities will take place on the Payap University Mae Khao Campus (behind Big C Extra) in the Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center.

All films will have English subtitles and presentations will be bilingual Thai / English. All activities are free and open to the public. The film festival runs from February 2 – 5, 2012.

All evening feature films are Chiang Mai Premiere Screenings, and Lifescapes will welcome each director in post-Q&A sessions.

Opening night on Thursday 2 February 2012 at 6:00 p.m. the opening screening of Golden Slumbers by French-Khmer director, Davy Chou. After the screening, stay for post-Q&A with the director himself.

NIGHT 2 –

On Friday 3 February 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Lost Loves by Chhay Bora, the first feature film about the Khmer Rouge by a Cambodian director & actors. It tells the story of the director’s mother-in-law, who lost her husband, brother, father, and three children during the regime. Followed by Q&A with director, Chhay Bora.

Saturday 4 February 2012 at 7:00 p.m. offers At The Horizon by Anysay Keola. This is independent film is produced by a new wave of Lao filmmakers focused on developing Lao films to another level, aiming for international recognition. Anysay will also join the post-screening Q&A.

Sunday 5 February 2012 at 7:00 p.m. the Lifescapes program will culminate with Chiang Mai's premiere screening of Hi-So by Aditya Assarat at Chiang Mai Vista Kad Suan Kaew, followed by post-Q&A with the director. This screening will be free of charge.
 


Charity concert featuring ML Usni Pramoj at Payap

H.E. Admiral ML Usni Pramoj will perform at Payap University with his quartet on January 28, 2012.

For the first time this year, and following the success of previous charity concerts held at the Resort, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Payap University will co-organise a charity concert in aid of the Prostheses Foundation of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother. The concert will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Saisuree Hall, Payap University, with cocktails and canapés provided by Four Seasons, and will be open to all music lovers.

H.E. Admiral M.L” Usni Pramoj, Privy Councillor and renowned musician, has donated his time to support this important charity. He will perform String Quartet in F major, Op.96 by Antonin Dvorak, and his own composition, String Quartet No.2 for two violins, viola and violoncello. H.E. Admiral ML Usni Pramoj, who has frequently played jazz with HRH King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will be accompanied by colleagues including the concertmaster of Princess Galyani Institute of Music.

The event begins at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by the hour-long concert held at the Saisuree Hall of Chiang Mai’s Payap University. Tickets for the concert are available with a minimum donation of THB 600.00 for adults and THB 100.00 for students, including entry to the concert as well as the cocktail reception. Ticket holders will also be eligible to enter a prize draw for weekend stays, Spa treatments and cooking classes at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.

And, for guests who would like to spend the whole weekend in the Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai has created a special package to take advantage of this unique opportunity, including accommodations for two in a Garden Pavilion on the night of Friday, January 27 and/or Saturday, January 28, two tickets to the concert with complimentary round-trip transfers to the concert venue, welcome cocktail reception and refreshments during the intermission, and a 20 percent discount on food at Sala Mae Rim and Terraces during the stay.

The package is priced at THB 9,999.00 per room, per night, based on double occupancy and inclusive of applicable tax and service charge. For bookings, contact the Resort by telephone at +66 (0) 53 298 181 or e-mail [email protected]

The beneficiary of the proceeds, the Prostheses Foundation of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother, was established in 1992 by the late Princess Srinagarindra, also called the “Princess Mother.” After the Princess Mother’s passing away in 1995, the Foundation came under the royal patronage of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana, and is currently under the patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Prostheses Foundation provides free prostheses service to amputees regardless of race, religion and nationality with the aim of helping those with disabilities to walk again, and to ensure them quality of life.
 


Thai and Japanese Sculpture exhibition at CMU

Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying, second right is joined by Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata (second left) in cutting the ribbon for the opening ceremony. They are joined by members of the Faculty of Fine Arts and artists.

The newest exhibition to open at the always interesting CMU Art Center on Nimmanhaemin Road features the works of Japanese and Thai artists, many of them lecturers and guest lecturers for the Fine Arts Faculty at Chiang Mai University (CMU).

The opening ceremony for this collection of unique sculptures and art forms was on Friday, January 6, 2012 and was attended by Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Worakarn Yokying, Japan Consul General Kazuo Shibata and CMU Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts Assoc. Prof. Pongdej Chaiyakut.

The exhibition features the works of 15 Japanese artists and 10 Thai artists and is on display at the CMU Art Center until January 27, 2012.

One of the many unique and thought provoking sculptures on display.

Artist Thattchai Hongpaeng and assistant professor at the CMU Faculty of Fine Arts, with one of his pieces on display at the show.

Another interesting piece made out of bamboo and filled with teak leaves and plants.
 


Local photographers exhibit at Central Plaza

One of the many excellent photos on display taken by Chiang Mai resident photographers. Photo by Frank Müller.

The Chiang Mai Photographic Group will be holding their fourth annual exhibition at Central Plaza in January and invite you to enjoy a remarkably diverse collection featuring over 100 mounted pictures by 25 photographers from half a dozen countries now living in Chiang Mai.

This year’s exhibition will be opened by Khun Pongdej Chaiyakul, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University on Saturday 14th January at 4:00pm and runs daily from 11:00 to 8:00pm through to 6:00pm on Sunday January 29th.

This compilation of arresting images from all over the world marks the group’s fourth birthday and illustrates that there’s a lot more to be photographed than the usual fare of temples, hill tribes and sunsets! Using equipment ranging from simple point-and-shoot cameras to the latest digital SLRs members have created a stimulating show that will quickly convince you that it’s a keen eye for the picture that really counts. Previous years’ events have met with much critical acclaim and this year’s will feature an even greater selection of unusual and challenging photographs.

The CMPG is a non-profit organisation which aims to further all aspects of the picture taking abilities of its members through the sharing of skills and mutual support in an informal and inclusive atmosphere.

The CMPG meets on Wednesdays at 7.00pm every fortnight at the Airport Greenery Hotel and all those with an interest in photography, be it film or digital are warmly invited. For details of meeting dates please visit www.cmphotogroup.com. Meetings are conducted in English but all nationalities are welcome. [email protected].
 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

2nd annual Lifescapes Film Festival at Payap

Charming old city exhibition

Bon Odori-Lanna Festival at 3 Kings Monument

Local talent shines in photography exhibit

Evocative photos of hill tribes children at 2nd Floor Gallery

Lifescapes film festival returns to Chiang Mai

Charity concert featuring ML Usni Pramoj at Payap

Thai and Japanese Sculpture exhibition at CMU

Local photographers exhibit at Central Plaza