About the Speakers:
Davide Cazzaro (@nangmagazine) is a Seoul-based independent publisher and editor. Previously, he worked as researcher and publishing editor for the Busan Int’l Film Festival and collaborated with the Pesaro Int’l Film Festival as curator and consultant. He is the co-editor of Il cinema sudcoreano contemporaneo e l’opera di Jang Sun-woo [Contemporary South Korean Cinema and the Oeuvre of Jang Sun-woo] (2005), and the co-author and coordinator of BIFF x BIFF (2015).
Goran Topalovic (@goranfilm) is a New Jersey-based film curator and writer, specializing in East Asian (and international) cinema and pop culture. One of the founders of Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival. He’s written for Film Comment, Cine 21, SOMA, Film Business Asia, and has served on the juries of several international film festivals.
About the Magazine:
NANG – from an old Thai word which has its origins in the shadow theater tradition and is still used in Thailand today as the idiomatic term for film – is an ambitious print-only publication which covers cinema and cinema cultures in the Asian world with passion and insight.
Each and every issue of NANG is structured around a specific theme and created in collaboration with a unique group of guest editors and contributors based both within and outside Asia. Beautifully-printed on fine paper, NANG wishes to broaden the horizons of what the moving image is in Asia, engaging its readers with a wide array of stories, contexts, subjects and works connected by the cinema.
Issue 1, guest-edited by Singapore-based writer, editor and lecturer Ben Slater , is dedicated to Screenwriting. The intention is to shed light on an area of filmmaking that is both mysterious and marginalized, especially in regards to cinema in Asia. Through a series of often in-depth interviews with 13 writers and writer-directors from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Iran, we encounter myriad writing experiences, methods for developing stories, and discover the ways in which screenwriters survive and endure within their film industries. Rarely seen pages from the screenplays of, among others, Laskar Pelangi, Tropical Malady, The Handmaiden, Shahrzad and Unlucky Plaza further enrich this unique exploration into writing for the screen.
■ Photos from the event
Kino Event Series @ New York Wed, March 29th 2017 Davide Cazzaro, publisher of Nang Magazine, introduced the first Nang issue at Kinokuniya New York on March 29th. Davide was joined by film curator, writer and co-founder of Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival, Goran Topalovic.
In their conversation, Davide talked about how ‘Nang,’ the name chosen from the Thai idiomatic word for ‘film,’ is a limited release publication with a total of 10 issues planned to be released over 5 years. Each issue is theme based, the material brought together along with a guest editor to keep each issue fresh, authentic and unique. Issue 1, produced with Ben Slater , deals with screen writing in Asian film. Rather than going for eye-catching cover images and splashy themes, Davide’s approach is one of subdued but unmistakable quality.
Printed in Sweden on sustainable Munken, design and content are keywords for the publication created between Korea and Italy. As Davide said, ‘Filmmakers go to great lengths to design and setup the image and beauty of each scene, each shot. We felt it only natural to reflect that pursuit of quality in the production of Nang.' And Davide and Goran’s talk was well received by a highly focused audience.
Issue 1 is currently in stock while supplies last and issue 2 on the theme of ‘Scars and Death’ will become available in April.