Sat Mar 4, 2023 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
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The Trafficker follows two Chinese immigrants who find their lives intertwined when a human trafficker gets ready to pass off his latest target.
The Trafficker began as my MFA Thesis film while attending DePaul University, from which it grew into a larger, more ambitious project. Influenced by Chinese New Wave Cinema, and especially the works of Edward Yang, The Trafficker is a deeply personal project through which I sought to examine the human, (and personal), longing for connection, struggle against isolation, and the pursuit of, (and sometimes the pausation of), dreams we carry towards the belief that a better life is just beyond the next horizon.
Committed to character and emotion, I sought to leave as much space as possible for the characters as I could create to allow these themes, and this small snippet of their lives, to be as rich and vibrant as possible.
James Isaac Austen
James Austen is a New York born filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Cinema Directing from DePaul University in Chicago. As an artist, James explores his unique personal experiences and perspectives as a mixed race individual through characters, stories, and settings that are set are the periphery of being–neither here, nor there–trying to find a place in “placelessness.”
Director: James Isaac Austen
Country: United States
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Runtime: 33 min.
Writer: James Isaac Austen
Producer: Yibo Fan
Cinematography: Nihal Dantluri
Editor: James Isaac Austen