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Completed in: 2020 | 60 min.

Section: New American Perspectives


Languages: English



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On Friday, November 13, in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation’s New American Perspectives program, we host a special conversation with screenwriter and director, Roseanne Liang. Born in New Zealand, Roseanne grew up walking a line between the expectations and ideals of her traditional Chinese family, and the social and cultural values of New Zealand.

Moderated by HIFF Artistic Director Anderson Le, Roseanne Liang will talk about her process and discuss her genre-bending film, SHADOW IN THE CLOUD. Drawing influence from diverse sources including THE TWILIGHT ZONE, WWII-period stock films, and 1980s blockbuster classics, SHADOW IN THE CLOUD takes viewers on a flight they won’t soon forget. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the film will be on view at limited screenings at HIFF on Saturday, November 7, Saturday, November 14, and Saturday, November 21. 

Recently, Liang has garnered critical acclaim for her genre-bending work including New Zealand cult favorite, FLAT3/FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, and festival favorite short films, TAKE 3 and DO NO HARM. Her first films, BANANA IN A NUTSHELL, and MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS were autobiographical, and widely acclaimed at festivals worldwide.

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About The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences. We accomplish our mission through our prizes program and through partnerships like the New American Perspectives program at HIFF.  The creative spirit and innovation of foreign-born artists have made an indelible impact on filmmaking in the United States—expanding the boundaries of filmmaking as an art form and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders.

The Vilcek Foundation is a private operating foundation, a federally tax-exempt nonprofit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3). To learn more, please visit

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Cast & Crew

Moderator Anderson Le
Panelist Roseanne Liang
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