Firewalls & Firestorms: New Media in China and Beyond Firewalls & Firestorms: New Media in China and Beyond

Posted March 1, 2012

Panel #42
T/F Global Journalist Forum #4
Sunday, March 4, 3:15pm
Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St.

It’s a cat-and-mouse game as journalists and citizens alike bravely risk imprisonment and personal safety to circumvent censorship all over the world. Filmmakers take similar risks in bringing those stories to the screen. With Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry), Karim El Hakim (1/2 Revolution), and the director of Secret Screening Red. With a domestic intervention by Josh Fox (Gasland). Moderated by Jason Spingarn-Koff of The New York Times. Sponsored by the Lee Hills chair in Free-Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Jason Spingarn-Koff

The video journalist for The New York Times’s Opinion section, Jason directed Life 2.0, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. His prior journalistic and filmmaking experience includes work for PBS (including Nova and History Detectives), BBC, MSNBC,, and Wired News. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is a graduate of Brown University and the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry)

Alison Klayman directed and produced her first feature documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and played shortly after at the 2012 Berlinale. At Sundance, the film won a Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance. Alison worked as a freelance journalist in China from 2006 to 2010, where she produced radio and television stories for various media outlets, including NPR’s All Things Considered. A fluent Mandarin and Hebrew speaker, Klayman is a graduate of Brown University.

Karim El Hakim (1/2 Revolution)

Karim El Hakim is active in the Cairo independent film community and has shot and produced award-winning International Documentaries and Egyptian short films, including Ein Semeka (Fisheye), Miraculum, and Beit Min Lahm (House of Flesh), which earned him the Egyptian State Prize for Best Cinematography in 2006. Hakim worked as a cinematographer on Alex Gibney’s My Trip to Al Qaeda, which chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power. He studied Art & the History of Art & Architecture at Tufts University. 1/2 Revolution is his first feature film.

Stephen Maing (Secret Screening Red)

Stephen Maing is a Korean-American filmmaker based in New York. He co-produced and edited the award-winning documentary Lioness, which had its broadcast premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens. He is a 2011 Fellow of the Independent Feature Project Labs program, a 2010 Fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Storytelling and Edit Lab, and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. Stephen has worked as a director, shooter, and editor on numerous films and teaches summer classes in documentary film production at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Josh Fox (Domestic Intervention)

Josh Fox is most well-known for his Oscar nominated documentary Gasland. He has written, directed, and produced two feature films and over 20 works for the stage, which have premiered in New York, Asia and Europe. His narrative feature film debut Memorial Day (2008), premiered at CineVegas Film Festival and went on to have a successful limited run at IFC Center in New York. His recent work for the stage includes Surrender, which was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award and Auto Da Fe, which premiered in New York. Josh is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning International WOW Company, which produces all of his work. The New York Times hailed him as “one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde” and Time Out NY called him “one of downtown’s most audacious auteurs,” citing his “brilliantly resourceful mastery of stagecraft.”