CAST:

曹益春 Yi Chun Cao

曹益春,出生于中国江苏省南京市,他是一位楼宇维修公司的经理,同时也经常在中国城参加一些当地的舞蹈表演。来美国之前,他在南京生活了42年。目前他在美国纽约育有一子。说起拍摄“你的白天是我的黑夜”期间最开心的事情,他觉得是大家聚在一起的时光,一起聊天、分享故事、细说生活中的点滴,这些都让他感到无比的温暖和快乐。在闲暇时间里,他喜欢和歌舞团的伙伴们一起唱歌跳舞。而来美国多年,他已经习惯了这里的生活,家里所有的人也都在身边,他对现在的生活很满意,也很快乐。

陈月华 Linda Y.H. Chan

陈月华出生在台湾,来美国已经40年。她在纽约育有一女,现已大学毕业。她非常热爱跳舞,不仅仅是联成公所的积极会员和曼哈顿歌舞团的成员,她还参加了许多其他华人社区的歌舞团。她十分热衷于纽约华人社区的各种活动和表演,并在中国城的许多公园和学校教人打太极和跳舞。在参演“你的白天是我的黑夜”之前,陈月华已经在许多电影里有过精彩演出了,和许多香港、美国乃至法国的导演均有合作。最近她还参演了香港导演刘伟强的一部电影。除了学跳舞和教人跳舞之外,她还是联成公所义工事务的负责人,帮忙组织活动和表演。

车长庆 Chung Qing Che

车长庆出生于1941年,家乡在中国北方哈尔滨,是一座距离前苏联不远的城市。他的祖辈在清朝时曾在皇宫里任职。来美国之前,他是中国一所大学的医学教授。1996年,他移民来到美国,可是在这里他无法继续行医。在纽约的早些年间,他曾在服装厂任职。之后借着自己的医学知识功 底,他开始一边从事按摩师和家庭护理等业务一边照顾老人和疾病患者。

何陈慕懿 Ellen Ho

何陈慕懿出生于中国广东,23岁离开中国大陆,去了香港和澳门,在27岁的时候来到美国。她在美国育有两个儿子,除此之外,其他的家人也都和她一起在美国。祖籍广东已经没有其他家人了,在美国她和家人过的很开心。何陈慕懿曾经是一位裁缝,同时也是联成公所的一位非常积极的会员,她经常参演纽约市华人古典舞蹈的演出。谈起“你的白天是我的黑夜”,她最喜欢的事情便是和这些朋友一起聊天、互相学习、互相分享彼此的故事,同时和导演合作拍这部电影期间,她学到了很多不同的东西,让她深有感触。在闲暇时光,她喜欢去老年人中心和朋友们唱歌跳舞或聊天打发时间。来美国这么多年,她已经逐渐喜欢上这里。

黄云秀 Yun Xiu Huang

黄云秀出生在中国福建省福州市,在福州生活了30几年后来到美国。他有2个儿子,现在还在大陆,自从他来到美国之后,和儿子们的联系并不太多。拍摄“你的白天是我的黑夜”期间,让他最感动的事情就是这个故事本身,一方面真是的反映了早期中国移民的情况,让人们能够了解移民美国并不是就来到了天堂,中国人在这边的艰辛故事还有很多,在这边生存下来并不是那么容易。另一方面他很感谢导演Lynne,以前因为自己不说英语,所以之前几乎没有和美国人打过交道,但这次和美国导演合作,他深受感动。觉得这位导演Lynne非常和善,给他们带来了许多温馨和温暖,拍摄期间从不发火,也没有给他们太多的压力,是一次很愉快的合作经历。来美国之前,他在大陆就是一名专业歌唱家,小时候参加过福建体操队,在17、18岁的时候加入了福建的京剧团,后来也曾在音乐学院进修过2年,出来以后教人唱歌。他曾在福建有一家夜总会,为人们提供一个可以放松、听音乐、聊天的场所。来美国之后他平常最喜欢做的事情还是唱歌和弹钢琴。他出色的声线也让他成为了纽约华人社区里赫赫有名的婚礼晚会表演家。但说起自己还在福州的父亲,黄云秀非常想念。父亲如今已经80多岁了,他很感谢父亲辛苦将他带大。这么多年来也没有再见过父亲,很希望能见上父亲一面。这是他目前最牵挂的事情。

李雪卿 Sheut Hing Lee

李雪卿,出生于中国广东。她于1949年离开中国大陆,后在1960年代来到美国,以做裁缝为生直到最近退休。她的孩子均出生在美国,现在家人都在一起,其乐融融。在拍摄“你的白天是我的黑夜”期间,她最喜欢的事情就是和大家一起玩、一起聊天、一起工作、一起打发时间。作为联成公所的一员,她非常热爱参加社区的各种文化和社会类的活动。她更是利用闲暇时间去各个社区做义工。同时她也是一位麻将爱好者,经常同中国城社区的一些老年人一起打麻将。

徐锦然 Kam Yin Tsui

徐锦然是联成公所的会员,他经常参加联成公所的汇演,有丰富的舞台经验。他初来美国时,是一位勤奋的洗碗工。在美国他组建了自己的家庭,现在是一位儿孙满堂、幸福骄傲的爷爷。

Veraalba Santa (as Lourdes)

Veraalba Santa is an actress and dancer from Puerto Rico. While on the island she earned her B.A. in Theater and Dance where she studied and worked with Viveca Vázquez, Rosa Luisa Márquez and Maritza Perez. She’s also participated in workshops and exchanges with Teatro Malayerba (Quito, Ecuador), Augusto Boal (Rio de Janeiro,Brazil),The Bread and Puppet Theater and performed with The Theatre Pigs Troupe (Dusseldorf, Germany), among others. Collaborations with pioneers in contemporary theater and dance led her to participate in multiple festivals in Europe, Latin America, and New York City. Since moving to New York, she graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse and has worked with choreographer Sally Silvers ( Bonobo Milkshake), experimental film director Lynne Sachs (Your Day Is My Night), and with playwright/director Javierantonio Gonzalez, artistic director of Caborca Theater ( Floridita, My Love and Correo de la noche.)

http://veraalbasanta.virb.com

Pedro Leopoldo Sanchez Tormes (as Carlos in live performances)

Pedro Leopoldo Sanchez Tormes is native Puerto Rican performer and current Licensed Massage Therapist. For 11 years he was an active member of the Political Street Theater company ¨Jovenes del 98¨, directed by Maritza Perez; their work has been shown in festivals in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Ururguay and Spain. He also collaborated closely with La Perilla, El Kibutz, Taller de Otra Cosa (directed by performer Teresa Hernandez and contemporary dance choreographer and pioneer Viveca Vazque), among other Puerto Rican independent performers and group. In 2009, before moving to Brooklyn New York, he co-directed his first original play with playwright Rojo Robles. He is currently collaborating as an actor with theater troop Caborca Theater, directed by Javierantonio Gonzalez and very much invested in his Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Tristate College of Acupuncture.

CREW:

Lynne Sachs (Director, Producer)

Lynne Sachs makes films, videos, installations and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Since 1994, her five essay films have taken her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel and Germany — sites affected by international war–where she tries to work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, Lynne searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project.  Since 2006, she has collaborated with her partner Mark Street in a series of playful, mixed-media performance collaborations they call The XY Chromosome Project. In addition to her work with the moving image, Lynne co-edited the 2009 Millennium Film Journal issue on “Experiments in Documentary”. Supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, Lynne’s films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and in a five film survey at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival.  The San Francisco Cinematheque recently published a monograph with four original essays in conjunction with a full retrospective of Lynne’s work. Lynne teaches experimental film and video at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

www.lynnesachs.com

Sean Hanley (Cinematographer, Editor, Co-Producer)

Sean Hanley is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker pursuing experiments in the documentary genre.  His short film work, including narrative, documentary, and animation, has been exhibited in film festivals across the United States and Canada. He is the Assistant Director of Mono No Aware, an independent arts organization that hosts an annual exhibition of international expanded cinema in addition to offering year long filmmaking workshops. Aside from teaching 16mm workshops with Mono No Aware, he instructs video production courses at DCTV. For the past three years he has been a staff member of the Flaherty Film Seminar.

www.seanthanley.com

Ethan Mass (Cinematographer)

Working on “Your Day Is My Night” was his third collaboration with Lynne Sachs. In addition, he has contributed cinematography to projects by MM Serra, Abigail Child, Maria Beatty. He has photographed six feature films and continues to pursue commercial work for clients such MTV, The Discovery Channel, WNBC and AMC. He is currently serving as cinematographer on the poetry feature “Roman Buildings” directed by Brian P. Katz.

Rojo Robles (Co-Writer)

Writer, editor, playwright-director and teaching artist. He is the artistic director of the theater and publishing project El kibutz del deseo started in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2004 and based in Brooklyn since 2010. He has trained with Teatro Malayerba, Taller de otra cosa, SITI Company, Bread and Puppet Theater among other groups and artists. He holds a BA in Theater and a MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. Rojo recently published a handmade edition of his first novel Los desajustados (The Maladjusted) and is currently working on a short story collection. “To work in Your Day is my Night was a fruitful learning experience that allowed me to understand better the immigration circumstances of one of the most iconic neighborhoods of New York City, Chinatown. As a writer I was able to work completely out of my comfort zone (language included) which is a blessing and a desirable creative place to be. Through the clever filmmaker mind of Lynne Sachs and her experienced crew my ideas about the documentary genre were expanded and I was able to experience a rich process of intelligent experimentation and poetic nuance”.

Stephen Vitiello (Music, Additional Sound Design)

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. Vitiello’s sound installations have been presented internationally, including MASS MoCA; the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, at the Cartier Foundation, Paris and a site-specific project on the High Line in NYC. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records); Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa); The Gorilla Variations (12k); and Box Music (12k). Since 1989, Vitiello has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians including Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler, Julie Mehretu, Scanner, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Originally from New York, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is on the faculty of the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

www.stephenvitiello.com

Damian Volpe (Sound Mixer)

Damian Volpe is a Brooklyn based sound designer, supervisor, and mixer He is part of the creative team at the newly formed Harbor Sound, and a founding member of ((Audience)), a non-profit group dedicated to presenting music and sound art in new contexts, including specifically the use of movie theaters as concert halls. He has collaborated over several decades on a wide variety of feature films (Drive, Winter’s Bone, Margin Call, Forty Shades of Blue, The Namesake, Happiness), documentaries (Billy The Kid, Trouble The Waters) and art pieces (Drawing Restraint 9, States of Unbelonging). His work can also be heard at the award winning Gear Platte River Road Archway Monument and at The George Washington Museum and Education Center in Mount Vernon. His sonic interests include susurration, tintinnabulation, buzz, bottomlessness, and decay.

Jenifer Lee (Production Manager, Translations)

Jenifer Lee’s parents were from mainland China. She was born and raised in Taiwan and became a New Yorker in 1985. She has embraced the opportunity to see her beloved city through Lynne’s viewfinder and hear stories of other immigrants. She believes that immigrants, at times, are like drift wood washed ashore as a result of historical tsunamis that happened far away. No story is too small to tell. Always traversing between two worlds, Jenifer is happy to use her language skills to bridge the two sides of the sea.

Catherine Ng (Prodution Manager, Translations)

Catherine Y.C. Ng grew up in a special political place, Hong Kong. “I immigrated to New York City in September, 2010. As the director of Your Day is My Night, Lynne shaded my monotonous life in the clothing industry by inviting me to be a translator and production manager on the crew of this colorful film. During a normal work day at my regular job, I communicate with people and organize project progress. I never thought that my knowledge of Mandarin and Cantonese would lead me to engage with a movie production over a period of years.”

Bryan Chang (Additional Editing, Subtitling)

Bryan Chang is a member-owner of Meerkat Media, a filmmaker collective and production company specializing in independent documentary. His short documentaries have been featured on The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and CNN. He has worked in post-production at The Onion News Network and The Discovery Channel, and is a regular guest instructor in visual storytelling at the NYU Journalism Institute. He is co-editor on the feature documentary, Narco Cultura, which recently premiered at Sundance and will open in theaters summer 2013.

Amanda Katz (Sound Recording)

Amanda Katz was born and raised in South Florida and is a recent graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production. In the summer of 2012 she spent two months working as a teacher’s assistant for an undergraduate documentary filmmaking and an urban arts course in Paris, France. Amanda has worked for the Film-makers’ Cooperative, the largest archive and distributor of independent and avant-garde films in the world where her films are stored as well. Her short experimental documentary entitled I Still Live Here (a self-portrait) screened this summer at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn. Amanda was the sound recordist for filmmaker Lynne Sachs’ latest film Your Day is My Night, and is currently starting production on her first feature documentary about a highway in New York City. Amanda remains endlessly inspired by the urban environment and this is reflected in her films.

Jeff Sisson (Sound Recording)

Jeff writes artful code, often about cities. Recent projects have shown at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, have been published in the New City Reader and the Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, and are continuously updated online at:

www.ilikenicethings.com

Joshua Lewis (Hand-Processing of Color Negative 16mm)

Josh Lewis is an artist working in film, video, photography and performance. His film-based work revolves heavily around chemical experimentation and an unconventional, often derelict approach to darkroom procedures. He is a firm believer in manual knowledge and the transformative potential of an immediate bodily struggle with the elements of the natural world. Josh is originally from Wyckoff, NJ and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

www.josh-lewis.net

Madeline Youngberg (Production Assistance)

Madeline is a visual artist living in Brooklyn. She works most often in experimental documentary, exploring the relationship between history, media and cultural representation. Madeline was thrilled to document the live performances of Your Day is My Night and to work with Lynne Sachs. Though Cinatown is a vibrant community in the center of New York City, we are rarely afforded a first-hand view into its residents lives. Through performances and testimony from actors within the Lin Sing Association, YDIMN does just that.

Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Production Assistance)

Sofía Gallisá Muriente was born and raised in Puerto Rico and lives in Brooklyn. She earned her BFA in Film and TV production at New York University. A multidisciplinary artist and media maker, she was recently appointed Secretary of State of the Republic of Zaqistan, a micronation in the Utah desert. She has worked under the tutelage of Albert Maysles, as well as collaborated extensively with experimental filmmaker Lynne Sachs, most notably as editor of “Wind In Our Hair”, a bilingual film inspired by the short stories of Julio Cortázar. She also worked as an Associate Producer at HITN, a national Hispanic public television network, where in 2011 she directed and produced “Labor”.

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