Huixia Lu
Huixia Lu
Associate Professor
Division of Communication and Creative Media
Affiliated with Filmmaking Highlights of Huixia Lu's Filmwork
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Biography

I came to the United States from the People's Republic of China with an international award-winning background in television, including the Chinese equivalent of an "Emmy" award.

While pursuing my MFA at Temple University in Philadelphia, I was privileged to have my first documentary, Alice Liu's Adventures in America, screened at the 56th Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in 2003. Two others made during this period- an experimental film, Memory (16mm), and my thesis fiction, When I was Young (Super-16mm)- received prestigious awards and were screened at national and international film festivals, including the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. All three films   were broadcasted on PBS. When I was Young (2004) won a UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Faculty Media Award and has been included in the textbook Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by CUNY professor Mick Hurbis-Cherrier.

Being the producer, writer, director, cinematographer, and editor for most of my projects gives me the opportunity to embrace filmmaking thoroughly, which in turn informs my teaching. My classes at Champlain expose students to a range of international cinemas. Filmmaking thus becomes a means for students to be better connected both to their immediate communities  as well as to the broader international community. I try to adopt a comparative and transnational perspective to the classroom, often pairing canonical works with its alternatives that help to situate them within broader international conversations.

Emphasizing not only the "look" but also the "soul", I encourage my students to think of film as a valuable means of self-expression and not merely as glossy entertainment. I steer them to tell genuine stories about their own backyards. On topics ranging from struggles through teenage in a divorced family to doubts of faith in the Bible Belt, student films produced in my classes have garnered both regional and national awards.

Major Awards, Grants and Fellowships
  • Fred Darragh Foundation 2010 for Independent for Governor
  • Individual Artist Fellowship from Arkansas Arts Council 2009
  • Grant from the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority 2008 for mentoring graduate students film production
  • Grant from University of Central Arkansas Research Council 2005
  • UFVA Award of Merit Competition for Faculty work 2004 for When I Was Young
  • First Prize in documentary, NextFrame International Film & Video Festival 2002 for Alice Liu's Adventures in America
  • Finalist, ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Dore Schary Awards 2002 for Alice Liu's Adventures in America
  • Golden Bridge Award granted by the Chinese National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Chinese equivalent of a national "Emmy" award) 2000 for Ice Sculpture
  • Regional Finalist, Student Academy Awards 2003 for Alice Liu's Adventures in America

Education
Temple University, Master of Fine Arts
Screenings and Broadcasts
  • Kartemquin Films KTQ Lab screening of Independent for Governor 2012
  • 20th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival screening of Independent for Governor 2011
  • Communication University of China screening of Independent for Governor 2011
  • Qinghua University in Beijing screening of Independent for Governor 2011
  • University of Arkansas in Little Rock Screening of Independent for Governor 2011
  • 5th Little Rock Film Festival screening of Independent for Governor 2011
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Center screening of Independent for Governor 2010
  • University of Central Arkansas screening of Independent for Governor 2010
  • UFVA Conference Screening of Independent for Governor 2010
  • 3rd Little Rock Film Festival screening of Is You Is... A Louis Jordan Story 2009
  • 18th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Is You Is... A Louis Jordan Story 2008
  • ADA Gallery Screening, Richmond VA for Memory 2006
  • Phoenix Art Museum exhibition, Phoenix, AZ for Memory 2005
  • The Echo Park Film Center screening, Los Angeles for Memory 2005
  • American Public Television broadcast for When I Was Young 2004 and 2005
  • American Public Television broadcast for Memory 2003
  • American Public Television broadcast for Alice Liu's Adventures in America 2002
  • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival for Memory 2002
  • Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at Cannes International Film Festival for Alice Liu's Adventures in America 2003
  • CCTV (China Central Television) broadcast for Ice Sculpture 2000 in China and overseas
  • CCTV (China Central Television) broadcast for Snow Sculpture 1999 in China and overseas
  • Hong Kong Phoenix TV Broadcast for Ice Sculpture, in China, North America, and Europe 1999-2000

Professional Associations
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • UFVA - University of Film and Video Association
  • Arkansas Humanities Council
  • Arkansas Arts Council
  • IFP - Independent Filmmaker Project
  • PIFVA - Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association 2002-2004
  • Documentary Association in People's Republic of China 1997-2000
  • Journalist Association of People's Republic of China 1994-2000

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