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Taipei


Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin, swept into the world of Paul Chen, a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad romance, fueled by substances and sleepless nights. Tracking the pair through a shotgun Niagara Falls wedding, an LSD trip in a New Jersey mansion, and to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth where the couple comes to confront their individual alienation, Taipei is a visually stunning, extremely contemporary portrayal of what it means to be young, alive, and in love in a digital world.

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Taipei invited to play at the Rome Indepenedent Cinema Festival

Rome Independent Cinema Festival opens its gates to international filmmakers. August 25 2018 Italian cinema has been highly influential in film history, with countless masters of the artform serving as inspiration for independent artists. Rome still remains the heart of Italian film, with a large community of industry people and cultured cinema fans alike, which makes it the perfect setting to celebrate the diversity of independent cinema, at Rome Independent Cinema Festival. ...

Taipei selected to The Orlando Film Festival

Named one of the top "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Moviemaker Magazine, we're now in our 13th year of showcasing incredible cinema from around the world! The Orlando Film Festival hosts an immersive 8 day festival full of diverse films, insightful panels & workshops, nightly parties & happy hours, a variety of interactive activities & networking opportunities and an exciting awards ceremony where prizes valued at over 1 million dollars will be awarded. ...

Taipei is selected to The Nevada City Film Festival

Since 2001, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent film, music and comedy, along with attracting thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the historic Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, California. Nevada City is known for its sophisticated and supportive arts and cultural scene, and makes screening a film here a positive, encouraging and exciting experience. NCFF is often referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” for it...

Taipei selected to the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival!

Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival Has just been recognized this year as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine and we couldn't be more thrilled. https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/the-coolest-film-festivals-in-the-world-2017/ Our festival is one of the most original, adventurous and coolest you can imagine. It takes place in Jerome, Arizona (America’s largest ghost town and once coined Wickedest Town in the West). Throughout the fou...

Taipei selected to The Moving Parts Film Festival

The Moving Parts Film Festival (September 14 – 15, 2018) is a branch of Chrysalis Pictures a 501c3 Nonprofit Production Company that focuses on creating ground breaking original works for the purpose of having a deeper understanding of all cultures and people. Within the safe haven of Chrysalis Pictures; a collective of diverse artists explore personal truths to elevate the beauty of perseverance, and use their creativity to propel change. We are committed to outreach and teaching c...

Taipei selected to Rome Independent Cinema Festival

Rome Independent Cinema Festival opened its gates to international filmmakers. Italian cinema has been highly influential in film history, with countless masters of the artform serving as inspiration for independent artists. Rome still remains the heart of Italian film, with a large community of industry people and cultured cinema fans alike, which makes it the perfect setting to celebrate the diversity of independent cinema, at Rome Independent Cinema Festival. As indie cinema works slightl...

Taipei wins at The Mexico International Film Festival

Taipei won 2018 Bronze Palm Award at The Mexico International Film Festival   The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international inde...

Taipei - Director's statement

" Adapting Tao Lin’s thrilling, complex novel of the lives of modern youth to the big screen was an exhilarating challenge. A strange, almost alien novel, Taipei paints a startling picture of alienation in the digital age. But at its core is a story about love, family, and the ways we cope today in a society at once more technologically connected and emotionally disconnected than ever before.   Erin and Paul’s desperate romance, with its obsessive documentation, ex...

Meet Jason Lester, writer and director of Taipei

Jason Lester is a filmmaker & photographer from Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, he directed Taipei, an adaptation of Tao Lin's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Jason's work has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Dazed & Confused, V Magazine, Pitchfork, Under The Radar, DIY Mag, Clash Music, The Fader, and Stereogum. Selected music videos include credits for Fall Out Boy, The Mynabirds, Mayer Hawthorne, Jonathan Davis, Generationals, Beach Slang, Aloe Bla...

Mark L Lester Producer of Taipei

Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando (1985), Stephen King's supernatural thriller Charlie (1984) with Drew Barrymore and Martin Sheen, Dans les griffes du dragon rouge (1991) starring Dolph Lund...

Discovering a bit from Tao Lin, the author of the book TAIPEI

Photo by Megan Boyle Tao Lin (林韜; born July 2, 1983) is an American novelist, poet, essayist, short-story writer, and artist. He has published three novels, two books of poetry, one short story collection, and one novella in print as well as an extensive assortment of online content. His third novel, Taipei, was published by Vintage on June 4, 2013. In November 2008 Lin founded Muumuu House, an independent publishing house, and in 2010 he co-founded MDMAfilm...

Taipei is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Tao Lin, here is a selection of book reviews

Shiny and Moving like the book cover, Taipei by Tao Lin is an ode--or lament--to the way we live now. The film is based upon Taipei a 2013 novel by Tao Lin. It is his third novel. Photo by Megan Boyle "Writing autobiographically is more difficult because I'm editing a massive first draft of maybe 25,000 pages—my memory—into a 250-page novel. It's less difficult because I don't need to write a 25,000-page first draft; it’s already there...

Taipei by Jason Lester - Cast and Crew

Jason Lester Erin and Paul Cast: Ellie Bamber - Erin Justin Chon - Paul     Hannah Marks - Leah Josh Salatin - Beau Katherine Reis - Maggie Miles Robbins - Calvin Wai Ching Ho - Paul's Mother Perry Yung - Paul's Father Susanna Guzman - Marsha Quentin Mare - Erin's Boss   Crew: Written & Directed by Jason Lester   Based on the novel by Tao Lin   Produced by: Mark L. Lester Jesy Odio   Executive Producers: Jeff Sackman Be...

Taipei Synopsis

Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin, swept into the world of Paul Chen, a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad r...

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