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Q&A with ETERNAL SPRING Graphic Artist Daxiong & Filmmaker Jason Loftus

Friday, October 14

Daxiong is an internationally recognized illustrator and comic artist, having worked in China, Europe, and North America. In 1999, he created Qicartoon Studios in Jilin province where he served as the chief illustrator. In 2000, he was the winner of the Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition with his work Chinese Ghost Stories which received publication soon after the competition. In 2002, Qicartoon Studios earned third place in the Shanghai Animation Competition for its work Zhuzi Baijia. In Europe, he received top honors at the 33rd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival for his work in Demi Gods and Semi Devils written by Chinese novelist Jin Yong. Since 1999, through his studio, Daxiong has published more than 100 titles which are being distributed in China, Japan, and Taiwan. In 2008, Daxiong was arrested in China because his art offended the Chinese Communist Party. After relocating to New York City, Daxiong founded Flag Art Studios. He was the artist on the Top 10 Special #1 with Wildstorm Productions and subsequently was announced as the artist for the graphic novella, Star Wars: Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes with writer Tom Taylor through Dark Horse Comics. Daxiong was also the artist for a 10-page story titled "Superman and Doctor Light in Samurai'' in DC's 80 Page Giant, Justice League of America, written by Amanda Mcmurry.

Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee whose work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games, and animation. Jason produced the docuseries on Chinese cuisine, Confucius Was a Foodie, which was named Best Food Series on TV at the 2021 Taste Awards. It has aired in over 100 territories worldwide, including on PBS stations across the US and NatGeo People Asia. Jason’s directorial debut in a documentary feature, together with Eric Pedicelli, was called ASK NO QUESTIONS and premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. It won the Copper Wing (Best World Cinema) at the Phoenix Film Festival, was endorsed by artist Ai Weiwei, and was nominated by Film Threat as 2021’s Best Socially Relevant Documentary, among other honours. ETERNAL SPRING is Jason's follow-up to ASK NO QUESTIONS and his second documentary feature as director.

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