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Jixin Jia
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Featured Work         

Bicentennial City (2020)

Presented in Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery

A portrait of untold stories from Philadelphia and the celebration of America’s 200th birthday party in 1976. This essay film “Bicentennial City” captures the voices behind the years of planning that led to events for, ultimately, two million visitors. The film spotlights the city as a dynamic place of unrecognized communal activity like the Save Chinatown Movement, the Vendor Wars, and the tremendous hub of creativity at Philadelphia International Records with a focus on session drummer Earl Young who invented the Disco Beat.

Featured Work         

Lingua Franca (2019)


Tri-Co Film Festival Finalist 2019

A mockumentary that mimics and transforms the style of traditional ethnographic films. It explores manipulations of languages in documentary filmmaking, cross-cultural encounter as well as colonial gaze.

Jixin Jia
贾冀新

Filmmaker,Visual Artist

Jixin Jia is a visual artist based outside Philadelphia. Jia's work is cross-cultural, intimate, and often humorous. His short films have been shown in the Tri-Co Film Festival and Cantor Fitzgeral Gallery. Jia was a programmer for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He also served as a student program and policy advisor on the Steering Committee of the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities at Haverford College. His most recent film project is a whimsical and visceral docu-fiction about the Chinese diaspora titled “Slow Boats to China.” Jia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College, where he majored in Sociology and Anthropology and minored in Visual Studies. Jia is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cinema & Media Studies and Art History at The University of Chicago.

贾冀新出生于内蒙古,成长于上海。他目前在芝加哥大学就读,主修艺术史与电影研究。他也是一位纪录片创作者与影像实践者。他自己拍摄并制作了多个纪录短片,举办了一次双人艺术展,并参与制作了一部有关费城城市历史的纪录长片。这部长片曾以视频装置的形式在坎托•菲茨杰拉德美术馆展出。他也是费城泛亚电影节的策展人与活动策划人之一,并多次主持映后座谈活动。

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