Signal Fire (Canada)

Genre/Runtime/Production Country: Drama, 8 min 45 sec, Canada

Synopsis: A young man accompanies his stoic Chinese grandfather-in-law to visit a loved one’s grave. When they begin to pay their respects, the young man soon realizes how little he knows about traditional Chinese practices and ends up closing the distance between his grandfather-in-law and himself. This film looks at the gaps within intergenerational knowledge and wonders how one might find connection.

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Theme: The differences in experience and perception between an older Chinese immigrant generation and those raised Chinese-Canadian from birth. The film attempts to examine a single aspect of Markham’s identity with an eye towards the humour in misunderstandings and the longing for home/lover.

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*Article: The Link

Sept. 14, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

*Screening (up-to-date):
Gandhara Independent Film Festival (2021, Karachi, Pakistan) 
Korean Film Festival Canada (2021, Montréal, Canada) 
Mirror Mountain Film Festival (2021, Ottawa, Canada – Best Screenplay Award
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival (2021, Los Angeles, USA) 
Zeitimpuls Shortfilm Festival (2021, Vienna, Austria) 
Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival (2021, Halifax, Canada) 
Toronto Korean Film Festival (2021, Toronto, Canada) 
Forest City Film Festival (2020, London, Canada)
Reelworld Film Festival (2020, Toronto, Canada)
Kingston Canadian Film Festival (2020, Kingston, Canada)

Interview | Press Kit | Trailer

Director, Producer, Writer, Editor: Alice Shin
Co-producer: Eiko Brown
Story Developer: Ian Hynd
DoP: Tomasz Kurek
Assistant Camera: Oleksii Furdiiak
Set Designer: Shiori Haba
Production Manager: Kelly Lui
Hair/Make Up: Ritsuko Watari (W Style)
Cast: Adam Chan, Aries Cheung
Post Production: Red Lab, Textures Sound

*Featured image on the top: Alice Il Shin, Signal Fires, 2019. Installation view, Tout-Monde: Markham, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid