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SFSU Office of Public Affairs
Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs
part of the S.F. Korean American Media Arts Festival sponsored
of South Korea's top film officials, producers and actors
will hold a special open forum to discuss what
they feel is pressure from Hollywood to open up the Korean
film market to more American films. The forum is part of
the third annual San Francisco Korean American Media Arts
Festival, sponsored by San Francisco State's Korea Studies
in Media Arts program.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 at 3 p.m. at the Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street.
include Roy Lee, producer of "The Ring," Hae-Joon
Kim, secretariat director of the Korean Film Commission; Choon-Yun
Lee, chair of the Korean Film Community, CEO of Cine 2000 and
producer "Wishing Stairs"; Kye-Nam Myung, actor and
producer of "Resurrection of the Little Match Girl" and "Oasis";
Gina Yu, president of the Coalition for Cultural Diversity
in Moving Image; Eung-Soo Kim, director of the film "Desire";
and Jae-Yeon Yoon, director of "Wishing Stairs."
1967, the screen quota system in Korea has legally mandated
local theaters to show Korean films for a
minimum of 146 days a year. This system was enacted to prevent
foreign competition, particularly from Hollywood. The Korean
filmmakers say the U.S., at the urging of the Motion Picture
Association, has put pressure on the Korean government to abolish
or reduce the quota as one of the U.S. conditions for the Bilateral
Investment Treaty (BIT). By eliminating this quota system,
this economic agreement between the US and South Korea could
bring $4 billion in foreign investment to Korea. But would
the Korean film industry suffer?
the forum -- part of the festival sponsored by the Koret
Foundation -- representatives of various sectors in the Korean
film industry will share their advocacy experiences in preserving
the screen quota system. They also will discuss issues surrounding
the use of the film industry as a bargaining tool in U.S. and
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Chul Heo, the festival's program
director and assistant professor of broadcast and electronic
communication arts at S.F. State, at (415) 405-0594 or David
Park at (510) 599-2291.