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Published on February 14th, 2011 | by admin

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Lixin Fan

Documentary filmmaker, Lixin Fan joined NYU News & Documentary Master Class in Fall 2010 to discuss his film Last Train Home and talked about the creative process of planning and executing documentaries.

Lixin Fan worked as a producer/journalist at China’s state broadcaster CCTV before he became a filmmaker to live in Montreal, Canada. Born and raised in the period of China’s integration into the world, Lixin had engaged himself in social political film-making to document and interpret the vast changes took place in a time of changes. Lixin recently finished his debut feature documentary Last Train Home deals with the world’s largest human migration in the ear of globalization. Lixin worked as associate producer on the acclaimed feature documentary Up the Yangtze, a film about the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam. The film was a best Canadian documentary film at TIFF in 2007, a finalist at IDFA and Sundance 2007. In 2003, Lixin edited the Peabody and Grierson award-wining documentary To Live Is Better Than To Die. The film, recognized as one of the most shocking documentary on the topic, reveals China’s AIDS epidemic and was featured in Sundance Film Festival and was broadcasted on BBC, CBC and PBS.

On crew and production of Last Train Home

On shooting Last Train Home

On characters in Last Train Home

On Last Train Home’s camerawork

On shooting at the train station in Last Train Home

More on shooting at the train station in Last Train Home

Communication strategy at the train station

On post-production and storytelling in Last Train Home

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