2022 Emerging Artists Showcase
Winter Glass Glare
Sunday, March 6th, 2022
Denver Sie FilmCenter
A Chinese international student has to break a years-long secret a day before graduation when the father comes to the U.S.
Winter Glass Glare (2021) was my senior capstone project for the BFA Cinema Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder. I came to the US alone when I was 15 as an international student, pursuing a high school degree in New York, Long Island. Then moved to Boulder, Colorado, for my higher education.
As the end of my academic career was a year away, I wanted to make something relevant to my identity for the past 9 years. Based on a true story from our screenwriter Huilan Xu, we delved into our own memories and created this story that's close to our hearts. With dialogues that we heard from our older generations growing up, I hope to build a tender connection with the audience raised with both western and eastern cultures and values.
Jiahao (Kevin) Zhang: Ruijiang Ma
The Father: Ke Zang
Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Screenwriter, Editor: Zhuolin Hong
Screenwriter: Huilan Xu
Assistant Director: Niama Al-Nima
Productions Designer: Ailin Mo
Gaffer: Myles Aquino
Assistant Camera: Jake Richardson
COVID19 Safety Manager, Catering: Samuel Jacobsen
Boom Operator/ On-set Sound Mixer: Ruiying Xu
Sounds Designer/ Mixer: Evan Shely
Director: Zhuolin Hong
Zhuolin recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, Cinema Studies program, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has since shot various projects in and out of school, including narrative films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos, with awards and recognitions from film festivals. Originally from China, he moved to New York for high school at 15, with a trilingual background.
His last short film, Whispers in the Snow (2020), won the Best Director and Best Student film award of Top Shorts, January 2020. And his latest Mandarin-speaking film Winter Glass Glare (2021), was screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival and more.