MOCAFILMS: Your Day Is My Night

Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm



"Innovative in form and revealing in content, Lynne Sachs' tenderly poetic 'hybrid documentary' ...paints a vivid portrait of contemporary immigrant life in 'shift-bed' rooming houses in New York's Chinatown."
-- Vancouver International Film Festival


Staged in central Chinatown, Your Day is My Night is a hybrid documentary that recreates the shift-bed experience. Employing autobiographical monologues, observational footage, and performance pieces, it tells a series of stories from different generations of Chinese immigrants. Director and producer Lynne Sachs will introduce the film and talk back with Annie Ling (A Floating Population).


Lynne Sachs makes films, performances, 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. 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 New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival as well as a five-film survey at the Buenos Aires Film Festival. In 2012, Lynne began a series of live film performances of “Your Day is My Night” at St. Nick’s Alliance in Greenpoint, at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, at Maysles Cinema and at the University Settlement. She then screened the completed hour-long hybrid video at the Museum of Modern Art, the Vancouver Film Fest, Union Docs, the New Orleans Film Fest and other venues in Mexico and Argentina in 2013. Lynne teaches experimental film and video at New York University and The New School and lives in Brooklyn.


Annie Ling born in Taipei, is a New York based Canadian artist and documentary photographer. Ling is contract photographer for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in such publications as GEO Magazine, Courrier International, FADER Magazine, New York Magazine, PDN Photo Annual, American Photography, Magenta Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers, among others. Her work was recently exhibited in the 2011 Gwangju Biennale: Unnamed Design, curated by Ai WeiWei in Gwangju, South Korea and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany. She recently received a New York Foundation for the Arts 2013 Fellowship Photography.



Admission: $15 / person; $10 MOCA Members, students, and senior citizens