The University of Iowa

High Tech, Low Life screening is Feb. 20

February 14th, 2014

Filmmaker Steve Maing is coming to UI February 20–21 to screen his award-winning documentary High Tech, Low Life about two of China’s first and most daring citizen reporters who challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news stories.

The screening will held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library. A Q&A session will follow the screening. This and other related events (see below) are all free and open to the public.

High Tech, Low Life follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling under-reported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. Learn more about the film here.

Meet Maing, watch outtakes from High Tech, Low Life, and see UI undergraduate Xin Wang's short hybrid documentary about Chinese students' experiences at the university on Friday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 105 Adler Journalism Building.

Maing will also be featured along with other guests on Friday’s WorldCanvass panel discussion “A Century of Film in the Public Sphere” from 5-7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Learn more about this event.

Maing is a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. His visit is sponsored by the University of Iowa's Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature, International Programs, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities, and the Department of History.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Steve Ungar in advance at 319-335-1452.