Filmmaker Patrick Wang in person!
• Friday’s post-film Q&A moderated by Wei-Huan Chen of the Houston Chronicle
• Sunday’s post-film Q&A moderated by Joshua Starnes of the Houston Film Critics Society
Native Houstonian Patrick Wang has created a truly original two-part film. A longtime community arts center in the fictional New York town of Checkford is in jeopardy of closing. Run by Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari), the Bread Factory must fight for survival as performance artists from China arrive to build a nearby entertainment complex. This engaging comedy-drama features a spirited all-ages cast of memorable characters and focuses on Dorothea’s fight with the school board.
About the Speakers
Patrick Wang’s first film, In the Family, was hailed “an indie masterpiece” by Roger Ebert, and Wang’s second film, The Grief of Others, premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW and Cannes. Wang was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.
Wei-Huan Chen is theater critic and arts/culture writer for the Houston Chronicle, and a 2016 National Critics Institute Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He has won many awards for his writing on the arts, including first place from the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors for feature writing. One of the few full-time Asian American arts critics working at a large metro daily, Chen writes and speaks frequently about diversity and criticism.
Joshua Starnes is a film critic and journalist and former president of the Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS). Since 2004 he has been a staff writer for Coming Soon Media, one of the largest film entertainment websites in the world. In 2016 he created the HFCS film podcast “The Critics Circle.”