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  • Madison Public Library to Show Award-winning Short Film, Empty Skies

    Madison, IN, December 18, 2019 - Join Luke Charles Fisher and Wenting Deng Fisher, writers and directors of the award-winning Empty Skies, for a FREE holiday evening showing of their short film at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26 at the Madison Public Library. In this 19-minute dramatic film, a boy and his new friend hunt their village's last sparrow for a reward to save his sick grandmother during Communist China's Great Leap Forward (1958-1961). The showing will be followed by Q & A with the directors.

    Nominated for a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Empty Skies won the Best Short Fiction Film at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Austria, and was screened at the American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France and other festivals around the world.  This film was funded in part by people in the community of Madison and has experienced significant issues with censorship.  The creators are proud to bring it back to Madison for this screening. 

    Wenting Deng Fisher is a director/cinematographer currently based in Los Angeles. Growing up in Northern China and studying in the US has shaped Wenting with sensitive traveler’s eyes. Her visual style is influenced by Ed Lachman, Gordon Willis, Christopher Doyle, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Fan Ho.

    Luke Fisher, a Madison native, currently works in Los Angeles as a freelance writer, director, and editor
    contributing to all sizes and formats of projects. Luke's passion is writing and directing emotional and moving content that entertains and inspires freedom and creativity in the individual.
    Jefferson County Public Library was founded in 1818 and serves its patrons and community with opportunities to obtain and use information in a variety of formats, to pursue lifelong learning, to explore recreational interests, and to better understand personal and regional heritage. In addition to books and movies, the Library offers community meeting spaces, cultural and educational programs, entertainment, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach services to homebound and children, genealogy and local history research assistance, early literacy programs and reading and viewing suggestions. Libraries are located in Madison and Hanover, Indiana.

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