“The Road to Fame” Film Screening (Stamford)

The University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus, will host a screening of “The Road to Fame,” a newly-released documentary film directed by Hao Wu on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6pm. Hao Wu will present the film in person and lead a post-screening discussion about the film. We cordially invite you to join us for the film screening and discussion with Director Hao Wu.

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 6 pm (Film Screening)
7:30 pm (Discussion with Director Hao Wu)

Location: UCONN Stamford Campus, Gen Re Auditorium (Room 107), One University Place, Stamford CT 06901


About the Film: (trailer) The Road to Fame, a documentary film called “a terrific showbiz epic” by the BBC, portraits China’s dazed and confused urban youths, and tells a universal story of dreaming against all obstacles. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame—China’s first official collaboration with Broadway—by the senior class at China’s top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cutthroat and corrupt show business. Part of China’s Single-Child generation, they have been spoiled growing up but are now obliged to carry on the failed dreams of their parents. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own paths to the “Chinese dream.”

About the Director: Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Hao Wu now travels between the Internet and filmmaking worlds. He directed and produced Beijing or Bust, his first feature documentary that was shown on PBS. His second feature documentary, The Road to Fame, received funding from The Ford Foundation JustFilms and was co-produced by BBC, VPRO, CNEX and DR. In the Internet world, Wu worked in management positions in Silicon Valley and with Alibaba and Yahoo in China. From 2008-2011, he was the China Country Manager for TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. Wu holds a MS from Brandeis University, an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com and China Daily.

This program is co-sponsored by the UCONN Stamford Faculty Program, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, and School of Business.

More information about the firm and the director can be found here.

For more information about the event, please contact Professor Yu Zheng at yu.zheng at uconn.edu

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