Out For Bubble Tea, The Next CineCity: Vancouverís Stories
May 12, 2004
by -- Citytv Vancouver
Airs May 28 at 8:00 p.m. on Citytv Vancouver
For Immediate Release -- Vancouver BC, May 6, 2004
How do you tell your Chinese parents that you want to move out before you get married and your roommate is actuallyÖ.your girlfriend? Thatís the dilemma in the comedy Out For Bubble Tea, the next installment of CineCity: Vancouverís Stories, airing Friday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m on Citytv Vancouver.
May, Kim and Ling are three Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong who like to hang out at the neighborhood Bubble Tea house. May is struggling with the issue of coming out to her family as a lesbian, Kim has a crush on the waitress at the Bubble Tea house and Ling is trying to get out of a family matchmaking arrangement. Stories unfold through their tÍte-ŗ-tÍte at the Bubble Tea House the new ďcoffeehousesĒ for socializing.
The film faces the taboo of being gay in the Chinese community and takes a very unique look at some of the ďcoming-of-ageĒ issues that young Chinese immigrants go through, from both gay and straight perspectives.
Out For Bubble Tea is the third installment of the CineCity: Vancouverís Stories series. Following the film, Citytvís Prem Gill will lead a discussion with filmmaker Desiree Lim (Writer/Director) and actors Natalie Sky, Jasmin Dring and Kenneth Chen.
CineCity is designed to nurture new filmmakers and give them the skills and knowledge they need to work within the Canadian broadcast system. The initiative provides an opportunity for those who want to break into the industry since the short is their calling card for bigger projects.
In order to encourage diversity within the industry, the CineCity initiative calls upon Aboriginal or Visible Minority BC Filmmakers, who qualify under the guidelines for funding, to submit original, dramatic projects for consideration. In 2002, seven projects were awarded funding.
CineCity is part of Citytvís ongoing support for the local film community. Citytv will support each one through development and production and ultimately broadcast the finished short films during prime time. All CineCity projects are closed captioned and video described. Call for submissions for 2004 will take place this fall.
Citytv Vancouverís CineCity: Vancouverís Stories represents CHUM Televisionís overall commitment to the Canadian film industry. CHUMís commitment as a development-funder and market-maker for domestic productions makes the company Canadaís number-one private, over-the-air broadcast supporter for Canadian feature films.
Citytv Vancouver, Cable 13, is the newest member of the CHUM Television family. Sister-station to Citytv Toronto, Citytv Vancouver offers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television with CHUM's signature interactive style. CHUM Television is a division of CHUM Limited (TSX SYMBOL:CHM CHM.B, www.chumlimited.com, one of Canada's leading media companies and content providers which owns and operates 29 radio stations, eight local television stations and 17 specialty channels. CHUM's original content is seen in over 150 countries worldwide and on new media platforms including interactive television, wireless services, and exclusive CHUM-branded Internet properties.
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