Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 Films: Eureka

Eureka by Miida Chu
Toluca Lake, California (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 10 at 9:15PM
Drama/ Western

A young indentured Chinese prostitute must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam on the eve of the 1885 anti-Chinese riot in Eureka, California.

Director Bio:

Assigned male at birth in Suzhou, China, a culturally underrated city, Miida spent the last ten years in the States, attempting to destroy the identities she has inherited from the Chinese and the American influences. She studied philosophy at NYU and was accepted as a PhD student at UCLA. Her Dionysian side brought her to the MFA program at the American Film Institute.

She was one of the seven finalists of the 2014 National YoungArts Competition. Her shorts have been official selections at film festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, HollyShorts, Nashville Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, EnergaCamerimage, etc. Her most recent short, Eureka, won Best Director at SENE Film Festival, and Outstanding Woman Filmmaker at Tallgrass Film Festival. She served on the program committee of Miami Film Festival in 2020 and 2021.

Miida is also an avid collaborator of theater. She did media design for Round Room Image’s experimental play “Surrounded”, which toured in Longmont, Chicago, and Winnipeg. She co-founded Lamplighter Productions with Jordan Sucher and developed an original play “How to Be a GoodPerson™”, which opened in New York City and toured in Pittsburgh.

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