AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai has continued to meet the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything they can to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole through his battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “The film picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)

Presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition of  Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,” on view through September 13. Free admission for Portland Art Museum members.

 

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE screens Sunday, July 19 at 3pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Workshop – CASTING: SELECTING THE RIGHT TALENT – Sat., May 16 at the School of Film

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Join us for this single-session workshop taught by Portland-based director Scott Ballard (DEATH ON A ROCK, STILL STANDING).

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Serve as a director in a casting session with professional actors, and experience the art and the process of selecting talent.

Topics:

  • Knowing your story and what you are looking for
  • Clarifying your characters’ histories, motives, strengths/weaknesses
  • Charting out where a character is at any moment in time
  • Where to hold a casting session and what is needed
  • Selecting the scenes to be read
  • The professional casting environment and its protocols
  • What exactly happens in a casting session
  • How to communicate with talent during the session
  • Recording the readings
  • Get actor, instructor, and peer feedback on your directing
  • The call-back process
  • Frameworks for making the final decision

Prerequisites: none

Related Courses: FILM DIRECTING STUDIO (also taught by Scott Ballard)

Tuition includes admission to DEATH ON A ROCK, which screens in the Whitsell Auditorium on Sunday, May 17 at 4pm.

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Trailer of the Day: AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai has met the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything but eliminate him to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole and battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “Picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2009) left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE screens Friday, June 6 at 7pm and Saturday, June 7 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.