Love & Loss: A story should be told.

Summary: The award winning documentary Love & Loss follows two surprisingly strong women: Karen Crespo & Nicole Evans. Both women are vibrantly physically disabled; however, Nicole was born disabled while Karen became disabled later in life. There is a tremendous difference between being born with a disability and becoming disabled later. Nicole has had the past 30 years to cope with and learn to embrace her disability while Karen had deal with both the physical and emotional trauma almost overnight. Despite their trials, these women are taking steps to find love in their lives. Through the observation of the dating lives of theirs, this film explores the challenging and often unconventional intimate relationships of physically-impaired individuals, as well as how those individuals define and live their lives within the context of their disabilities.

Director Statement: My first encounter with the disabled community was at a very young age when I lived in China. In China, I used to see many disabled homeless people on the streets. As a child, I would always ask my dad to spare some change for them. A couple years ago, one of my best friends died of brain cancer. Prior to her cancer, she lost her vision in a car accident. Despite her lack of vision, she had the biggest heart and the most positive attitude towards life. However, she never experienced love, a boyfriend or a relationship. Love was what she was missing the most in her short period of life. These experiences prompted me to start paying attention to the disabled community. It is my goal for this documentary to be as warm and intimate as possible. I believe it is similarly important to highlight that these people all have an appreciation for joy and humor despite their everyday hardships and obstacles.

美华人学生导演残疾人纪录片 入围学生奥斯卡决赛

中新网8月15日电 据美国侨报网报道,刚刚从南加州大学电影学院研究生毕业的华人学生李怡瑛(Nikki Li),凭借在校期间的毕业作品《山间一日》(Love&Loss)闯入学生奥斯卡,13日与其它6部作品一同进入学生奥斯卡最佳纪录短片单元的决赛名单。

据报道,因为受到电视编剧爸爸的影响,李怡瑛从小就喜欢摆弄照相机,喜欢电影和电视作品。高中期间全家移民到美国,当所有人都劝她选择一个比较“实际”的专业时,她毅然决然地选择了电影。

李怡瑛从加州大学尔湾分校的电影历史专业毕业后,当了两年半的广播总监和电视主持人,再进入南加州大学电影学院攻读纪录片导演专业研究生。

她的毕业作品《山间一日》今年入围了学生奥斯卡,13日,该纪录片和其它6部作品一同进入学生奥斯卡最佳纪录短片单元的决赛名单。她介绍说,除了入围学生奥斯卡之外,这部纪录片已经获得蒙特利尔电影节最佳纪录短片以及北京国际大学生影像展最佳纪录片和最佳女导演提名。

李怡瑛介绍说,这部纪录片呈现的是两位残疾女性的生活,其中一位是先天的侏儒,另外一位因为感染病毒而失去了四肢。纪录片从这两位女性的角度来探讨她们的爱情观以及在生活中对自身残疾的认可或不认可。

她说,灵感其实来自刚来美国时认识的一位朋友Julie。Julie是她早期在美国生活的精神支持和帮助,对于刚来的她,身边有个好朋友很温暖,但这位朋友因为得了脑癌,后来双目失明而去世,事情发生得很快,自己很后悔没有用影像留住当时的时光。

李怡瑛说,自己希望用镜头来感染观众,她喜欢纪录片胜过故事片,因为纪录片可以捕捉到人性真实的一面,引发社会思考,纪录片提出问题,并试图寻找答案,她希望可以做一些事情让世界变得好那么一点点,这样感觉更有意义。

李怡瑛认为,这部纪录片之所以受到肯定,其中一个原因就是因为影片传达了真实的正能量,纪录片未必都苦大仇深,影片通过强烈的对比和幽默元素,用真诚的方式表现出真正的正能量。

据悉,李怡瑛的这部《山间一日》如果获得决赛的前三名,将直接进入奥斯卡最佳纪录短片的提名名单,正式的颁奖典礼将于10月举行

ACADEMY REVEALS 2018 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS

The Academy has voted 19 students as winners of the 45th Student Academy Awards® competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members.  The 2018 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)
Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
Yu Yu, “Daisy,” University of Southern California
Hanna Kim, “Raccoon and the Light,” California Institute of the Arts
Eaza Shukla, “Re-Gifted,” Ringling College of Art and Design

Animation (International Film Schools)
Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois, “The Green Bird,” MOPA

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
Mathieu Faure, “An Edited Life,” New York University
Lauren Schwartzman, “Dust Rising,” University of California, Berkeley
Yiying Li, “Love & Loss,” University of Southern California

Documentary (International Film Schools)
Mart Bira, “Nomadic Doctor,” University of Hertfordshire

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
Brian Robau, “Esta Es Tu Cuba”/“This Is Your Cuba,” Chapman University
Kelley Kali, “Lalo’s House,” University of Southern California
Hua Tong, “Spring Flower,” University of Southern California

Narrative (International Film Schools)
István Kovács, “A Siege,” University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest
Lisa Gertsch, “Almost Everything,” Zurich University of the Arts
Jonatan Etzler, “Get Ready with Me,” Stockholm University of the Arts