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Eelyn Lee Awarded New Film Commission

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Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded a commission from Chinese Art Now [CAN] to realise her new film project, Casting Fu Manchu.  Eelyn's project is one of six new CAN Digital Commissions that will premiere later this year in the lead up to the CAN Festival in February 2021.

Casting Fu Manchu is an exploration of Yellow Peril in light of the coronavirus. In 1912, when Sax Rohmer invented his character Dr. Fu Manchu - the evil Chinese doctor set on world domination - Yellow Peril was rife. Often painted as a faceless existential threat to the ‘Western world’, East Asians were seen as a force that needed to be suppressed. With successive white actors ‘yellow-ing up’ to play the fictional villain, including Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, Eelyn’s film will subvert these racist tropes through re-imagining Fu Manchu in 2021.

“.. With a spike in racist attacks towards east and S.E. Asian people, and Donald Trump calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus’, Casting Fu Manchu will speak to that racism. It’s a racism that’s entrenched - just ask any Chinese actor working in the ‘west’ how many roles they don’t get offered. So, I’m looking forward to working with actors of east and S.E. Asian heritage - young, old, male, female or non-binary - to reinvent the character of Fu Manchu..” - Eelyn Lee

Press Release here.

Image Credit: Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu, 1932

Eelyn to Talk at gal-dem x Kickstarer Event

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Eelyn will be talking about 'Sustaining Your Creative Practice' at a special event organised by gal-dem and Kickstarter. Part of a tour of events aimed at equipping women and non-binary people of colour with the tools they need to turn ideas into a reality, it will take place at Site Gallery in Sheffield on 23rd April. More details here.

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Futurist Women Screening at SheFest

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Futurist Women has been selected to screen at SheFest, a film festival celebrating womxn filmmakers of colour, at Sheffield University. Eelyn will be speaking on a panel following the screening.

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'Improfessional Organising'

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Eelyn Lee has been invited to speak at The Artist's Journey #3, a two-day event of talks and presentations by artists and researchers on forging a career out of art. This year's theme is 'Improfessional Practices' - a provocation that sets out to challenge how higher education students are constantly being told to “professionalise” themselves for a competitive market. In her presentation, Eelyn will consider social practice as a mode of improfessional organising by looking at examples of practice and the work of Social Art Network. Eelyn says,

"By sitting outside of the art education, art market and gallery systems, social practice artists are forced to create their own means of organising to establish systems of support, validation and critical thinking. However, one of the most valuable skills a social practice artist has is the ability to create spaces conducive for building alternative modes of organising."

The event takes place in Sheffield on 13th & 14th February. Free tickets can be booked here.

The Artists Journey was founded through a partnership between Art and Design at Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network [YVAN].

Britishness Reviewed

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"it presents a comprehensive study of Britain’s internal borders, its binaries and human costs" - Raluca de Soleil

Following a successful premiere of Britishness at Off the Shelf Festival in Shefield last month, Exposed Magazine are featuring a review written by Raluca de Soleil. Romanian born, Raluca takes a personal as well as critical response to  the film.

"Unexpectedly, watching others talk about their identity made me consider my own and motivated me to reflect on my notions of Britishness"

 

Talking Identity & Purpose at Creative Mornings, Sheffield

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Eelyn will be talking about her practice in relation to the themes of identity and purpose at this month's Creative Mornings Sheffield. Usually these breakfast events take place at different venues around the city but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this month it will happen online via Zoom. To attend the event at 8.30am on 24th April you will need to register and a link will be sent to you on the night before the talk. 

Britishness Screening at Festival of Debate

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Excited to annouce that Museums Sheffield will be holding a screening of Britishness on 21st April as part of this year's Festival of Debate. The film will be followed by a panel disucssion with filmmaker Eelyn Lee, hip hop artist and Poet Laureate of Sheffield Otis Mensah, author Desiree Reynolds and Education Consultant Muna Abdi amongst others. The conversation will explore race, identity and belonging and thoughts on de-colonising museums. Tickets available here.

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Futurist Women and 16 Days of Activism

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Futurist Women has been selected to take part in this year's campaiging film festival, 16 Days 16 Films. Modern Films and Kering Foundation held an open call to female filmmakers in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy for submissions of short films inspired by 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which runs from 25th November to 10th December. Each day a short film will go live on the project platforms to rasie awareness of and campiagn against gender based violence.

Futurist Women will mark the end of the campaign and go live at 4pm on the 10th December. Read more about 16 Days 16 Films in Screen International.

Watch the films as they are released here.

Futurist Women & Life & Deaf to Screen in Berlin

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Delighted to announce that Futurist Women has been selected for this year's Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Eelyn Lee was invited to suggest recent work for a special strand focussing on UK poetry films. In 2012 Eelyn won one of the main prizes at 'Zebra' with her powerful and evocative film Life and Deaf which went on to screen at other international festivals including the prestigious Berlinale. Life and Deaf will screen again as part of this year's opening night gala at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival.

Futurist Women will screen on Friday 6th Dec at 22.00 at the Kino in der KulturBrauerei. More info and tickets here.

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IMAGE Eelyn Lee Awarded New Film Commission

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded a commission from Chinese Art Now [CAN] to realise her new film project, Casting Fu Manchu.  Eelyn's project is one of six new CAN Digital Commissions that will premiere later this year in the lead up to the CAN Festival in February... Read More...

IMAGE Talking Identity & Purpose at Creative Mornings, Sheffield

Thursday, 09 April 2020
Eelyn will be talking about her practice in relation to the themes of identity and purpose at this month's Creative Mornings Sheffield. Usually these breakfast events take place at different venues around the city but due to the COVID-19... Read More...

IMAGE Eelyn to Talk at gal-dem x Kickstarer Event

Thursday, 12 March 2020
Eelyn will be talking about 'Sustaining Your Creative Practice' at a special event organised by gal-dem and Kickstarter. Part of a tour of events aimed at equipping women and non-binary people of colour with... Read More...