Earlier this semester, I posted a photo essay by Lucia Hinojosa that was created as part of Janice Ahn’s first-year Reading, Writing, and Thinking class in VCS. Today I would like to present the first of two posts featuring more information about Ahn and her work outside VCS.
In addition to teaching in the VCS program, Ahn is a filmmaker with an MFA from the New York University Graduate Film Program. She also has BA and MA degrees in English from Stanford University, with a minor in Art History. As a Performance Studies Ph.D. student, she studied performance and the “performative” before leaving to pursue filmmaking. (You can learn more about her at her web site, which can be found here.)
On November 17th, Anthology Film Archives held a private screening of Ahn’s film Triangle, a 13 minute-long story about a girl named Chelsea who waits for her turn to play the triangle at the end of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4. The film features a Korean and Korean-American cast, as well as the youth ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma’s father.
Triangle was originally prepared as Ahn’s MFA thesis project for the NYU Grad Film program. Recently, it won the Eastern Region Jury Award for the 16th Annual Directors Guild of America Student Filmmakers Awards, under the category of best Asian American Student Filmmaker. The awards ceremony was held on November 30th at the DGA Theater in New York City.
The images included here are from the November 17 screening at Anthology Film Archives and from the DGA awards ceremony. All of the Anthology iamges are courtesy of Ahn, who also was very generous in providing me with a lot of the information I needed to write this post. The awards ceremony photo is courtesy Marcie Revens/DGA.
I will be back in a few days with a post two of Ahn’s filmmaking collaborators, both of whom recently met with the students in her Reading, Writing, and Thinking class.