Indie film festival to open its doors May 9 in Taipei



TAIPEI — This year’s Urban Nomad Film Fest will open May 9 in Taipei, featuring a diverse lineup of independent films from Taiwan and abroad.

The annual film festival will show 30 feature films, documentaries, short films and animations that covers topics including music, art, sex, same-sex marriage and other social issues.

It will open on May 9 with “99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” an American documentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and close on May 18 with “Jalanan,” an Indonesian documentary that follows the lives of three Jakarta street musicians, according to festival organizers.

Also among the films to be shown are “Everybody Street,” a film about New York’s street photographers; “Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary about the Grammy-winning American indie rock band, The National, and “A Skate Man,” which tells the story of quirky Taiwanese skateboarder Wu Meng-lung.

This year’s Urban Nomad will also include a new category that screens Taiwanese indie music videos. A cash prize of NT$10,000 (US$331) will be awarded for the best music video, and bands and video directors will attend the festival to discuss their works, organizers said.

Urban Nomad, now in its 13th year, will run until May 18 at Lux Cinema in Taipei.

It was founded in 2002 by expatriate journalists Sean Scanlan and David Frazier.