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While the IUP program is a large time commitment, students still manage to pursue hobbies and interests in the off hours. Recently, IUP student and Fulbright recipient Jesse Appell put his Mandarin language skills to work to produce a parody of Psy’s hit single "Gangnam Style" entitled "Laowai Style": Click here to view it.
A recent film by two IUP alums, J.P. Sniadecki (2009 Blakemore Freeman Fellow) and his co-director Libbie D. Cohn (2010 Richard U. Light Fellow) has just won Best Ethno-Anthropological Film at the 2012 Festival dei Popoli, an international documentary film festival in Florence, Italy. People's Park, a magical 78-minute single-shot experience, immerses the audience in the world of a public park in Chengdu, China. The film had its North American debut earlier this year at the Vancouver International Film Festival. As described in Nicole Bodick film's blog in ArtAsiaPacific magazine, Cohn and Sniadecki shot People's Park in three weeks in the summer of 2011, completing approximately 21 lengthy takes overall.
John Paul (J.P.) Sniadecki was a 2009 Blakemore Freeman Fellow at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Beijing. He is completing his Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University. For more information on this film, see http://www.festivaldeipopoli.org/en/blog/see_news/2012/peoples-park-jp-sniadecki-libbie-cohn/341.