98 minutes DocumentaryHuixia Lu- Director, Producer, Cinematographer, co-Editor
Rod Bryan, the first independent candidate for Governor of Arkansas since 1940, ran a grueling race in the 21st Century. He has been into environmental issues and drove a 1984 Mercedes fueled by scrap oil from restaurant kitchens. Rod grew up in Bradley, Arkansas, "forty miles below Hope, Bill Clinton's hometown" as he puts it. Rod, a quixotic figure, aspired to the "American spirit" of democracy. The film is about an underdog challenging a political system that discourages and stifles alternative voices. In a parallel structure, it is also an anthropological study of the modern South — its community, economy and culture that radiated from Rod, his family, music band and encounters. One of the film's inspirations has been William Faulker, the quintessential southern writer. The social issues reflected in the film become more resonant with our time, when new blood and grassroots politics are the new trend in the Arab Spring and the Occupying Wall Street protests.
DV, 25 minute DocumentaryHuixia Lu: Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, Videographer, Sound Recorder/Designer
Explores a six-year-old Chinese girl's first experience in the United States. We follow her movements during a single day— and witness her struggle, and that of her family members, as they cope with social and economic pressure and adapt to their new life in Philadelphia. The film subtly explores topics such as individual and national identity and a child's struggle to understand and comply with the rules of the adult world.
Super- 16 mm. 15 minutes Narrative FictionHuixia Lue: Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer
Chronicles the emotional journey over the course of one night of a Chinese woman living in the United States. As she drives through the various faces of Philadelphia— its inner city, boathouses, gentrified center city and China town— she recalls the sensations and pains of awakening to young love while in China. These memories are in sharp contrast to the staleness and isolation of her present, married life. A lyrical portrait of a still young woman under the influence of memories, environments and situations, the film is a reflection of mood and moment.
16 mm, black & white. 5 minutes ExperimentalHuixia Lu: Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, Videographer, Sound Recorder/Designer
Explores the memories of a woman— her joy as a child and her expectations as a teenager— from the standpoint of her present as a lonesome and disillusioned bride. As the sensations and impressions from her past interplay with her life in the present tense, she mourns that these precious moments have passed her by.