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“Dark Matter”
Coachella Valley Premiere

Saturday - June 21, 2008
Doors Open for Complimentary Refreshments at 9:00 AM
Film Begins Promptly at 9:30 AM
Camelot Theatres
2300 Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA

Contains some graphic nudity, violence and language

In his stunning feature film debut, renowned opera director Chen Shi-Zheng follows the passionate ambition of a Chinese physicist (Liu Ye) who is exploited by his professor (Aidan Quinn) and coddled by his wealthy patron (Meryl Streep).  Also stars Blair Brown.  This melodrama set in academia, based loosely on a real incident, addresses East-West cultural miscommunication.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 2007

Official Selection, AFI Dallas Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival

“Dark Matter, with its view of cutthroat politics and competing egos inside a university, is also laudable in its refusal to soft-pedal the viciously petty side of the academic fishbowl.”  --The New York Times

“ …Chen's film captures, from the inside, the strange and insular world of the Chinese graduate students who increasingly dominate the math and science fields at major American universities.”

" elegant debut feature..." --Film Comment

Director:  Chen Shi-Zheng
Writer: Billy Shebar
Distributor:  First Independent Pictures
Genre:  Drama
Runtime:  90 minutes
Country:  USA
Language:  English and Mandarin with/English subtitles
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