NORBERT SHIEH - 謝明洋
Filmmaker + Cinematographer
Los Angeles, CA

PRESERVES / 醃製

*In Development / Pre-Production*
Feature Length Film
Genre: Hybrid Narrative/Documentary
Scheduled Production: Summer-Fall 2014 on location in Taiwan
© 2012-2013 S.K.Y. Productions and Nonetheless Productions

LOGLINE:
PRESERVES is a hybrid film exploring the relationship between pickled mustard greens (suan cai) and Taiwan's changing agricultural landscape, illuminating the deep connections among food, place and memory.

SYNOPSIS:
PRESERVES observes the process of growing and making “suan cai," as a way to explore the growing conflicts over the scarcity of land on the island between agricultural, industrial, and housing interests. With the trend in Taiwan to repurpose its farmlands for other uses, PRESERVES captures a way of life that is quickly transitioning and draw awareness to changes that Taiwan’s modernization brings to its culture through the viewpoint of food.

Blurring between documentary and fiction, the film uses intimate vignettes that will be collaborative in detailing our character's routines based on research and interviews. Through the course of one crop season (6 months), PRESERVES will intercut between the character portions with contrasting formalized documentary segments that follow the agricultural/manufacturing process. Together, these characters and the investigation of producing food, explore the effects of agriculture in Taiwan on the everyday individual and reflect the growing consciousness of how and what we consume.

TUMBLR:
http://preservesfilm.tumblr.com/

PRODUCTION COMPANY:
Nonetheless Productions

Recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Grant

Selected as part of 2013's CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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