As her 80th birthday is approaching, Vera Klement, a Chicago-based painter, adamantly starts yet another new work, a portrait of Dmitri Shostakovitch. As she paints and completes the work, Vera, a holocaust survivor, reflects and celebrates on her life and her art
Wonjung Bae is a filmmaker interested in the issues of identity, modernity, and art. Born in Busan, South Korea, Bae made her first documentary, Grand, Father and Me, at age sixteen and came to believe in the power of visual storytelling. Bae won numerous awards including the 16th Annual Directors Guild of America Student Film Winner of Women Category Award, the Kodak Cinematographers Scholarship 2010 Bronze Award, Viva Doc International Student Documentary Competition Best of Category Award for Arts and Humanities, the Chris Award from 58th Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Ohio, the Best of Fest Award from DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, Utah, the Korean Broadcast Institute Student Film & Video Competition Best Documentary Award, and the YMCA Cultural Ministry Awards for Student Filmmakers, Korea, among others. As the cinematographer for most of her films, Bae shoots on both digital and film. Bae benefits from her background in 35mm still photography and dark room training for 5 years in apprenticeship under a respected Korean documentary photographer, Youngsu Kim. Bae seeks to capture the pertinent formal and aesthetic properties of the medium that are indispensable to realize each story. The result of her cinematic endeavors is the deliberate, raw human stories she shares with her audience. Bae majored in political science for her bachelor's degree in Korea University, Seoul, and is a MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago Film & Video department, Chicago.