Dialogue with Jess Teong: The Making of 'The Kid from the Big Apple'


The Singapore Film Society is proud to be the programme partner for this dialogue session. Organised by The Filmic Eye for the Silver Arts Festival 2016 by the National Arts Council.

Come join us for an intimate sharing session with Jess Teong, who is coming to Singapore to present the screening of her directorial debut feature film “The Kid from the Big Apple 我来自纽约” as part of the Silver Arts Festival 2016.

The 90-minute dialogue session, to be hosted by Mr Kenneth Tan, the Chairman of the Singapore Film Society, will touch on Jess' transition from being an actress-singer to becoming a film writer-director behind the camera, as well as her inspiration and process in storytelling and filmmaking.

“The Kid from the Big Apple” is a heartwarming story that primarily focuses on the inter-generational relationship and intercultural gap between a grandfather in Malaysia and his granddaughter who was raised aboard in New York. The themes explored in the film are especially relevant to this year’s Silver Films selection, which screened many films that have a theme on inter-generational relationships.



*The dialogue session will be followed by an outdoor screening of “The Kid from the Big Apple" at 7:15pm, Toa Payoh Amphitheatre (next to the library). Director Jess Teong will be present to give an introduction to the film.

About Jess Teong

Jess has more than 23 years of experience in acting, modeling, singing and is now a film producer and director. Jess has acted in five drama series and two movies and have won numerous awards in the industry.

She is currently the managing director and producer at Three Production SdnBhd as well as the vice president of Chinese Film Association of Malaysia (CFAM). Jess has ventured behind the screen and taken many important roles in the local movie industry, having produced four movies, ‘Ghost Buddies’, ‘Paper Moon’, ‘Who's Your Daddy?’ and ‘Girls Police Academy’.

She made her feature directorial debut with ‘The Kid from the Big Apple’, which won multiple awards at the 7th Macau International Film Festival, including Best Writing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Newcomer awards.

About Kenneth Tan

Kenneth Tan has spent all of his adult life -- and many of his teenage years as well -- in the media industry. Elected in 1984 as the youngest Chairman in the history of the Singapore Film Society, he has held the post ever since, tirelessly promoting movie appreciation and bringing filmmakers and film-buffs together for over three decades.

He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of MediaCorp TV, and Managing Director of Golden Village. As Director of the Singapore Film Commission and subsequently Assistant Chief Executive of the Media Development Authority of Singapore, Kenneth is also contributing in the public sector, in addition to being active in community service.

He is a frequent international conference speaker and film panel moderator in both English and Mandarin, and was Chairman of the Promote Mandarin Council responsible for Singapore's national Speak Mandarin Campaign. Kenneth has watched 'The Kid from the Big Apple' eight times at the cinema.

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Sat Sep 24, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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