Gengxin (Sam) Li
Gengxin (Sam) Li is a former Master of Art (moving image) student who graduated from Wintec in 2011.
Recently, his black and white film Mrs Mokemoke was officially selected by the Shenzhen Youth Video festival 2016. The film won a creative award at a ceremony this November and will be broadcast on Chinese National Television. The film was also selected to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival (2015), the New Zealand International Film Festival (2015), the Corto Imola Festival in Italy (2015) and the Asinabaka Film and Media Arts Festival in Canada (2016).
Mrs Mokemoke is a silent movie, shot in black and white, with a soundtrack mixing traditional Maori instrumentation and piano. It describes a triangular relationship: a Māori wife who adores an abusive Pākehā husband and her father who is suspicious and rejects his son-in-law.
Back in 2014, Gengxin started working with Tia Barrett, also a former film student at the School of Media Arts. They partnered to complete the film script and produce Mrs Mokemoke together with two more former Wintec students. Says Sam: ‘The skills, practical experience and knowledge we gained during our studies at Wintec was the key to our success at film festivals. Being able to do a lot of the film work as part of our studies also saved us time and money which in turn allowed us to improve the quality of films. For me though, the most important skill I learned at Wintec was the ability to study independently and learning how to operate new equipment such as the latest film cameras, lighting and grip equipment.’