Red Threads (我很爱你)

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Red Threads (我很爱你)

13 mins | China, United States | 2022

Director: Yuchi Ma
Producer: Aina Feng
Premiere Status: US Premiere
Screenwriter: Yuchi Ma
Editor: Yuchi Ma
Cinematographer: Max Retik
Cast: Susan Kai Lin
Genre Tags: experimental; female director;
Release Year: 2022
Language: Chinese (Mandarin),English
Country: China, United States
Genre: Experimental,Female Director

(THIS FILM WAS PART OF OUR 2023 FESTIVAL LINEUP AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SLAMDANCE CHANNEL) Initially inspired by the Tang dynasty poem Song of the Wanderer and Red Threads as lines of fate in Chinese culture, the artist utilizes a combination of Live-action Cinema, Sims 4 Machinima, Browser/Webcam framing, and Sewing to perform a filial ritual by building a simulation of 1) her American, 2) her Chinese and 3) her Chinese American experience. Looking to the screen not as a portal but as an interface, the artist reaches across game space to manifest her own belonging. The Parachute kid experience is akin to a life-simulation game manufactured by the U.S government and institutions with substantial economic incentives that, in turn, help US educational institutions run. Existing as “psychologically nowhere,” Sims 4 brings the artist’s Parachute experience into a true state of being “psychologically everywhere.” Meanwhile, the layers of the artist’s “self” become increasingly entangled.