(March 17, 2010)

Contact: Jefferson Hendricks, Professor of English and Film Studies, 318.820.1414

RFC Screens Early Films of Award-Winning Director Ang Lee April 5, 6 and 9

The Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Houston, the Robinson Film Center and the Centenary Film Society join forces to present free screenings

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — In cooperation with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Houston, Texas, the Centenary College Film Society and the Robinson Film Center of Louisiana will present a retrospective of the early films of the Academy Award-winning Taiwanese-American filmmaker Ang Lee on April 5, 7, and 9 at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Pushing Hands

Eat Drink Man Woman

The Wedding Banquet

The three films to be shown include Pushing Hands (1992), The Wedding Banquet (1993), and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994).

Born in China, raised in Taiwan, and educated in Taiwan and the U.S., Ang Lee first came to prominence in Hollywood with his adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1995), starring Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. He has gone on to become one of the world's most honored filmmakers, having won the Best Director Award by the New York Film Critics Circle for Sense and Sensibility; the Best Foreign Language Movie Academy Award for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2002; and the Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain in 2005.

This film series, reception, and panel discussion are made possible by a grant from the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Houston, Texas.

A complete schedule of the film series and special events:

Monday, April 5:

7:30 pm: Pushing Hands (Taiwan, 1992. In Mandarin and English w/subtitles. 92 minutes)

Wednesday, April 7:

5:00 - 6:30 pm: Reception (with heavy hors d'oeuvres) featuring representatives from the Taiwanese Consulate in Houston and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Houston — (2nd floor of the Robinson Film Center)

6:45 pm: Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan/USA, 1994. In Mandarin and French w/subtitles. 122 minutes.)
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Alexandyre Kent, Director of Community Relations and Educational Programming, The Robinson Film Center of Louisiana; Jefferson Hendricks, Professor of English and Film Studies, Centenary College of Louisiana; and John Vassar, Professor of Humanities and Chairman, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities, Louisiana State University, Shreveport.

Friday, April 9:

5:30 pm: The Wedding Banquet (Taiwan/USA, 1993. In Mandarin and English w/subtitles. 106 minutes.)

For more information on the film series or any of the special events, please contact Jefferson Hendricks at 318.820.1414 or email, or Chris Jay, Director of Programming and Marketing, RFC, at 318.459.4116 or email.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.