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Finding Yingying with Jiayan Shi
Episode 12620th March 2020 • The Documentary Life • The Documentary Life
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When it comes to being affected by the coronavirus, we doc filmmakers, of course, are no exception. Whether we work in tv broadcasting, run video productions, or are freelancers, we are all feeling the impact of the massive shutdowns happening due to Covid-19.

So in today's episode I'd like to offer up some ways in which we might all stay positive and stay focused on our documentary projects and on a bigger scale, our documentary lives, which have already been significantly affected by recent events so much.

Jiayan 'Jenny' Shi, is a first time doc filmmaker who has been directly affected by these recent events, as her first documentary film, the extraordinary, Finding Yingying was set to premiere at this year's SXSW, only to lose its premiere once that festival closed its doors due to Covid-19.

This candid conversation about coronavirus and her time spent filming the tragic events of Finding Yingying is a conversation that I'll remember for quite some time. I think that you will to.


Topics Discussed

  • ways in which we all can stay focused on our documentary lives
  • how a first-time doc filmmaker came upon the tragic story that would change a family's lives as well as her own life
  • the cultural differences involved in filming in two completely different cultures
  • the delicate balance between a grieving family subjects and the doc filmmaker
  • how the closing of SXSW is changing the whole distribution and film festival plan for her film


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