New filmmaker at Canyon : Sandy Ding

Posted November 13th, 2017 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Films, News / Events

In 2016 Canyon Cinema was delighted to welcome new filmmaker Sandy Ding to the catalog. Now three films on 16mm, one work on 35mm, and a new DVD collection issued by Re:Voir are available from Canyon.

Sandy Ding is a experimental filmmaker from Beijing China. He graduated from CalArts Film and Video MFA in 2007, and now teaching in China Central Academy of Fine Arts. His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema and Light Cone(France). Most of his films are focused on mysteries and the subconscious, using film material and digital techniques to escalate the screen. He also work on sound and experimental music. His work has been shown in festivals and private screenings inside and outside China.



Night Awake (2016 | 90 minutes | COLOR/B&W | SOUND | 16mm)

“Night Awake”is an experimental noise film provoking 3rd eye opening with image and sound. By transferring camera into a spiritual median, the lunar god has taught messages in the gap of time. The film is from grave yard, and it is a textile of death, which made the lucid light shines in the depth of many dimensions.

To call the third eye awakening, we shell not agitate the surface of the mind and physical eye, but soothes, and provokes the third eye to awaken. In the gap of time, the flame of images that rise and become eternity, is forming the rhythm and the speech, which is the way it is. The teachings received in green crystals and has been translated to film. In distanced mysteries and the half rotten film media is the art of death and awakening, which more about that itself then other content. The messages are hard to put into speaking language and words, but more easily put into image and sound sequences, for me, these sequences always appear in the darkest hours at nights, when I am fully awake…

Kolijevka (2016 | 8 minutes | COLOR | SOUND | 16mm)
A dark subtle poetry about return to nothingness and death written on 16mm color reversal film. The film tries to bring out a environment that deposits at the bottom of everyone’s life. The title of the film means the “cradle’ in Croatian language. It is the same peace in the cradle and the grave.


River in Castle (2016 |3 minutes | B&W | SILENT | 16mm)

The “River” is symbolized emotion and the “Castle” is symbolized crisis, distinction and liberation. When the film liberates its original contact by physically weaving it and printing through dense chemistry, the malted lights speaks this transformation.

The film was discovered from some leftovers in the lab (Klubvizija, Croatia). Though reprinting it with a DIY printing foundation, the lights behinds this small section poured out of its frames and expressed symbolic meanings.


Radio Wave of Blood Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers (2006 | 10 minutes | B&W | SILENT | 35mm)

Transformative dance in the in-between space, celebration of the chemistry wave, film material and human blood, a trance poetry.


Psychoecho (Re:Voir DVD) (2016 | 132 minutes | COLOR | SOUND | DVD PAL)

Contains a 36-page booklet in English

Mancoon 10 min, 16mm, silent, color, 2007
Water Spell 42min, 16mm, color, 2006-2007
Prisms 20 min, 16mm, color, 2012
Dream Enclosure 18 min, 16mm/Digital, b/w, 2011-2014
The Radio Wave Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers 10 min, 35mm, silent, b/w, 2006

River in the Castle 4 min, 16mm, silent, b/w, 2016
Original noise music: “Peacock and Ocean Erosion” by Liquid Palace 28 min, 2016.