Archive for the ‘Diminishing Memories II: Outside Productions’ Category

Hello everyone!
Thanks to those who had voted for me, really appreciate your support. 🙂 The result for the award was announced at a Gala Dinner on 13.8.09. I did not win, as expected ;p hehe but I’m really happy to have been nominated and attended the award presentation-cum-dinner.  Delighted to have met the other nominees, especially that I had made some new friends. ;))
 
Thanks again to those who had voted!! 😉
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Hello everyone!

Thank you all for those who bought a DVD of Diminishing Memories, those who came to my public screenings, those who helped me spread the words of my films, those who encouraged, criticized and cheer for me.  Because of your support, I’m nominated for the Singapore Women’s Weekly magazine’s Great Women Of Our Time Award 2009.

 

There are lots of ways to support a filmmaker.  I do not need to win the award as a nomination is good enough for me. Why?  This is because, from the audience response to my films, I know the audience has already given me the award- they show it to me that my films have moved them and that is the best reward I can get.  To me, the audience that my film is speaking to is the best judge in the world. hehe

 

However, I do know that a nomination of awards and such is important and I won’t push it away.  Simply because awards or nominations of awards do help any filmmakers in the process of seeking funds for their films and even distributions, this is a fact.  And funds are important for any filmmakers to make their films and to continue to make films in the future.

 

The more I didn’t want to sound like I’m appealing for votes, as a filmmaker, some part of me ought to do so.  Life is full of contradictions isn’t it?  Remember, there are lots of ways to support a filmmaker and all of you have shown me that. ie. by buying a ticket to my screening, by purchasing a dvd of my film so I can try to get closer to breaking-even, by giving me encouragements etc.  So nobody needs to feel obligated to vote, ok? 😉

 

In case you like to vote, SMS to 79797 with "SWW08G*Code 06*YourName*NRIC*Address*Email.  Please note each SMS cost $0.30 (not vaild for pre-paid card) and the closing date is 8 August 09.  As an appreciation for your participation, voters will get the chance to win a Poh Heng DIAMOND & A Cosme Decorte AQ Skincare SET. 🙂  Winners will be notified by post. 

 

Yes yes, I know you voted because you truly like to support me…. and nothing else. Thank you thank you thank you!

昨天经过克兰芝蓄水池,发现那里的所有游乐场已经统统被拆除掉。几乎不留痕迹地那样,不太容易被人发觉。我有发现是因为我知道它们的位置,所以我有意识地在寻找它们。于是,我看到地面上分布在不同位置的白白的沙,平坦的地面,就是曾经伫立各式旧游乐场的所在地。

 

真的不见了。我的童年游戏场,真的不见了。即刻在心理骂了一句三字经后,心想:“又是这班家伙!” 只是,我的心里一点都不觉得痛了。其实,我早有心理准备。前阵子在报章上看到报道说克兰芝蓄水池一带将被发展成一处休闲的地点,包括很多年以后,这个点将跟其他的人行走道连接上,成为可环岛走一圈的道路之一。我就知道。

 

童年游戏场早就不见了。这次真的不见了。我一点都不觉得伤痛。只是,那些被拆除的都是那些很旧式的游乐场,在新加坡已经很难找到了!为什么发展就一定要翻新?

 

I happened to pass by the Kranji Reservoir yesterday and realized all the playgrounds which used to stand there were all gone! Now, my childhood playgrounds were really gone.

 

You wouldn’t take noticed if you did not know there were playgrounds there before as it was not obvious.  I could spot it simply because I knew where the playgrounds were located exactly, and when I tried to spot them, I could only see some white-coloured sands on the very flat ground.  White patches of them here and there, exactly on where those old playgrounds used to stand.  Yes, those were the very old-style playgrounds which can hardly be found in Singapore nowadays. And they were all gone.

 

I wasn’t heart-broken but I couldn’t help but gave those “whoever” who did it a good scolding in my heart.  Although I was mentally prepared that one day, they will all be gone when I saw the media report on the master plan of turning Kranji Reservoir one of the spots where they could connect the human walk-ways to make it a full circle round Singapore.  A pretty cool concept I thought, but why does development always comes with a face-lift?

 

非常感谢李永乐专栏作者在早报写了一篇关于我和韩山元先生,在九月三十日国家图书馆的座谈与分享会。当晚的确有出乎意料的人数到场。在预定时间的半个小时前就已经有人到场了!而全场的一百个位子也在开讲前五分钟都已经坐满满。所以准时到或稍微迟到的公众就被挤到外头去了。我们估计来参加这个分享会的公众应该有超过两百个人吧。
 
非常感谢各界公众的参与!尤其谢谢那些不介意席地而坐的朋友,和站立了将近两个小时的公众。;)  对于大家的反应热烈我们都很高兴呢!呵呵 😉 嗯,感觉真的还蛮像是跟老乡们见面呢!哈哈!
 
谢谢大家的热烈支持哦!当然也谢谢韩山元先生的“参讲”,让大家都获益不浅。我也上了一堂非常宝贵的课呢!嘻嘻
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李永乐 心灵故土

早报副刊:《四方八面》2008-10-07

上周二晚间,到国家图书馆聆听讲座,主讲人是年轻的制作人翁燕萍,主题谈林厝港的前世今生,也放映林厝港往昔的片段画面,还邀请我当年负责晚报《大特写》时的好拍档,老报人韩山元主讲梁宙其人其事。

  从云南园赶下来,到图书馆已经710分,讲座开始一会儿,让我感到意外的,倒不是座无虚席,而是连站立的地方,几乎都见缝插针,比我更迟的,只能站在门外竖耳聆听。

  古早的林厝港,岛国大西北的山笆,勾起许多人难忘的记忆,我注意到出席者当中,虽然以中老年为主,也有一些青少年和新移民,这一现象既是罕见,也令人欣慰。

  当前的社会现实,大部分人追求的愿景,是以物质为基调,人们拼命吸收实用资讯,一路来投资理财与致富的讲座,最受大众欢迎;声称能断吉凶祸福的高人来开讲,也能吸引大批捧场客。宣传健康保健的聚会,同样备受关注。

  至于畅谈人生价值、修养与文化的讲座,相对而言较为冷门。可喜的是近年来,这类感性的课题,也越来越有知音人,尽管如此,最近的林厝港现象,还是让我有某种程度的惊讶与感动。

  当我们缅怀旧景旧人,那些有点才气的,最多是画画写写,年仅31岁的翁燕萍,却把她对9年乡居的思念,用几年的时间收集资料、采访,单单这份执著就已难能可贵。

  当天是工作日的傍晚,四面八方的听众,当然包括林厝港的老厝边,更多则是为着寻访消逝了的共同记忆,分享对斯土斯民的情感。

  每位到场的同胞,心目中都有一方故土、一个精神的甘榜,他们奉献了青春、汗水与智力,对塑造今天发挥了绵力。然而环境改善了,物质条件提升了,精神家园却逐渐遥远,最终只能集体追思。

  不管是林厝港还是榜鹅,只要心中有个甘榜,对于土地存在质朴的、自然的感情,不与物质条件挂钩,从这一层面想,这本身就是一件好事。

NUS poster
A talk about Singapore Chinese Films at NUS for its students and staff. 
Date: 18th March 2008
Time: 3-5pm
Place: NUS Central Library

《悄逝的记忆2》目前正在后期制作中。以下是我前阵子在剪辑此片时刚好有机会出去透透气的一个小故事。

 

早报副刊:《四方八面》专栏

刊登日期:17/10/07

有些时候,某些人总会在很奇妙的时间、地点出现,像个小天使化身般,降临在你面前跟你说些可能很重要的话。我的生命里,已经有过几次小天使的出现!你在你的生活里,可曾察觉到它们了呢?

  有天剪片剪累了。脑袋不能动,瞬息间思绪凌乱。原本在牛车水一带走走,却又因为身体也累了,不想再耗尽体力,决定找个可以让我平静的一角歇息、发呆。面向新加坡河,我还没来得及为我的工作发愁、心慌,有个洋妇人这时出现了!她向我走来问道:“你会说英语吗?”我站起来微笑说:“我会。”她松了口气,一屁股坐在我身边,随手拿出一张地图问我亚洲文明博物馆的方向。待我跟她解释后她才发现,原来她要找的地点就在我们都看得到的地方,她只是走错了方向。我们的话坛子也因为我的好奇,想知道她来自什么国度而打开了。她也好奇地问我平常是不是都没在白天上班?(哈!看到一个年轻人无所事事地呆坐在闹市里,当然会有此疑问!)面对着一个陌生老妇人,我不怕坦白地跟她说:“啊!其实我是独立制片人,因为剪片剪到剪不下去,所以倍感压力,就趁着时间的空档在这里试图松懈一下自己的精神咯!”

  洋人一般可爱之处,就是不管他是否真的能体会到你的处境,倒也可以给你一个很能让你感到安慰的反应。就是,也很为你感到惋惜和难过的表情。哈哈,她还是个非常开心与独立的老人!今年65岁刚退休,虽然有儿孙却也乐得一个人旅行。原来她还是名义工,专门照顾精神有问题的孩子。她也告诉我她平常都有观看影展的影片。看着她,我想起新加坡的老人。突然有股冲动,想问她如何保持心情愉快。话还没出口,我又吞进肚子里去了。因为多余,其实答案就在每个人心中。她说有朋友不能理解她怎么会从事没有金钱回报的义务工作,我点点头说:“有些工作虽然没有金钱上的回报,不过有精神上的满足!”她的脸上立刻绽放出一朵花!很惊喜地认定我的心智比我的实际年龄还要成熟十几年?啊!是她太抬举我了?

  或许就因为我们都知道我们是彼此的过客,又是陌生人,所以更可以坦然地侃侃而谈。在毛毛细雨中,我们还是继续地聊着。20分钟后,我们虽然交换了心情、名字,却没有交换联络。因为知道只是个偶遇——在同一个国度里,两个不同国家的人的一次相遇。我只是在那天的那个时候的那个地点,为她指引迷了的路。她却在她离开之际丢下很令我震惊的最后一句话!

  看着她远去的背影,正回过头来大力地向我挥手。我才发现,原来她是我那天的小小天使!对我来说,我们的相遇就为了她跟我说的最后一句话:“好好照顾好自己。”她是怎么知道的?她怎么知道我没有好好照顾好自己?是小天使知道了,心疼我了吗?迫不及待地用这样的方式悄悄地提醒着我?又或许,那天下午是我和老妇人都化作了彼此的小小天使。