Valerie Soe comes by the podcast to talk about her documentary feature film “Love Boat: Taiwan” that explores how a small government sponsored cultural program to promote Taiwan became a coming-of-age experience for many Chinese and Taiwanese Americans to hook up and find romance. (Intro: This Father’s Day)
VALERIE SOE is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and writer. Since 1986 her experimental videos, installations, and documentary films have received dozens of awards, grants, and commissions, and have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum in New York City, on cable and broadcast television, and at film festivals worldwide. Soe’s short experimental video, “ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME” (1986, 1.30 min.), which she created while an undergraduate at UCLA, won Best Foreign Video at the 1987 Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy; First Place, Experimental Category, at the 1987 Sony Corporation Visions of U.S. Festival; and Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, at the 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Other awards include Director’s Choice Award, Image Film and Video Festival, Atlanta; Best Bay Area Short, San Francisco International Film Festival; Making A Difference Award, Commffest Global Community Film Festival, Toronto; Mediamaker Award, Bay Area Video Coalition; and a Blue Ribbon Award Semi-Finalist, CSU Center for Community Engagement, among others. Her most recent experimental documentary, The Chinese Gardens (2012) was awarded Best Film With An Immigration Theme at the 2013 Humboldt Film Festival.
To learn more about the film Love Boat: Taiwan and stay updated on future screenings, visit https://www.loveboat-taiwan.com.