We had the good fortune of connecting with Chuang Xu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chuang, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think artists should capable with the power over the story that dominates their lives. Art is to link human history, life, language, culture, feelings and other things that are closely related to us. When people participating art, the art works become a medium, allowing artists and the audience to connect and interact. This is also what the unexpected artistic values reflects, the art work itself only a part of art, and interpretations from the audience is also another part of the whole art creation. To me, art is the most intimate and effective carrier of life and human, that’s why I became an artist because I feel free, but keep participating to live so closely at the same time, and I enjoy it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Affected by the global pandemic, movie theaters have been forced to close their doors. The long-term shutdown posed a great challenge to the operation and business of independent movie theaters. I especially hope that people can draw attention to them, because these cinemas are a great cultural wealth of a city. I live in New York, and those well-known independent movie theaters created so many memories to the film lovers. I really would recommend them to more people, like IFC Center, Metrograph, Anthology Film Archives, Film Forum, Quad Cinema, Angelika Film Center, Film Noir Cinema and many others. Last October, the famous independent bookstore the Strand bookstore in downtown Manhattan called for helps on social media, asking for help from the local community and asking them to buy books. And the book lovers in the city reacted so fast to survive this wonderful and history place. I was also reacted to it, and I feel so touched by this activity and the relationship between the business owner and the customers. It is a really a spirit of New Yorkers, and I believe people would react as well if the theaters in need.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Myself is a filmmaker, as everyone may notice that filmmaking is not a single-player game. I feel very lucky and privileged that I do have some truly close friends to keep me company in my work and life. I especially want to mention my working partner Ziyu Tang. We’ve being working with each other since we were in film school, we have witnessed each other’s growth, shared with our biggest sorrow and highlight moments, and together we have experienced making films with nothing but our passion. It is friends like Ziyu proves that I’m able to love the world purely and be loved by others as a reward. This is a very important thing that shows in my work, I would like put myself as a storyteller, I like to discover the world and retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and create worlds in my story where I was noticed and recognized for my kindness and talents.