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“Fear Will Keep Me Cool and Calm”: The Chinese Mayor | Producer Qi Zhao

The Chinese Mayor

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie?

I have learned to be fearless in my career as an independent documentary producer in China. There is almost no public funding to support independent documentaries, there are very few theatrical permits issued to independent documentaries and there is virtually no distribution platform for independent documentary either. If these are the reasons to fear, it will be endless.

Personally, fear for me is a mixed feeling of anxiety to pursue success while trying to stay away from compliments for the achieving film. I am walking on a thin line to my next production and I can fall down anytime. The fear will keep me cool and calm.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Monday January 26 at 3:00 — Temple Theatre]

 Sundance 2015 Responses

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