Tsinema Club (pronounced Cinema), created by second year Cinema and Communications student Jordan Tsering, made its debut on September 21st. The first screening was a huge success; it went much better than Tsering expected. He was hoping for “10 people, my friends included.” Concordia professors, University students, and people who found out about the event through Facebook came, on top of the 90+ Dawson students. “I was afraid not everyone was going to fit in the Amphitheater” says Tsering.
He’s the kind of guy that never gets stressed, but he was feeling the pressure minutes before the film was scheduled to start. The DVD copy of the movie wasn’t working so he had to resort to plan B; “a perfectly legal copy on my hard-drive” he says. Experiencing those technical difficulties was “pretty scary.” On top of that, there was a moment where the screening might have been cancelled all together. The man in charge of the Amphitheater wasn’t aware of Tsering’s screening, and couldn’t lend him the equipment he needed. “He saw that I was having a nervous breakdown, and let it slide” says Tsering.
The first film shown was Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love. The perfect introduction to Tsinema Club. Smart, romantic, and even funny at times, this movie set the tone for the future screenings. Tsering jokes about showing “really bad hipster movies” then adds, “I’ll be showing mostly East-Asian movies, because the majority of the films I watch happen to be East-Asian. I want to show films that people wouldn’t normally see.”
Tsinema Club isn’t technically a club, “which confuses the hell out of Clubs and Services at the DSU” says Tsering. The name was inspired by its creator’s last name “to satisfy my internalized narcissism” he jokes. “I was asked if I named it Tsinema Club because I’ll only be showing Cantonese films, but it’s actually because I looked at my last name and saw that ‘TS’ makes an ‘S’ sound, and the ‘C’ in cinema makes an ‘S’ sound. So I named it Tsinema and that was that.”
AP Arthouse was ran by Ryan Shea and Julian Stuart last year, but since Shea and Stuart both graduated, they could no longer run it. Tsering wanted to “carry the torch”, and continue hosting free film screenings at Dawson, so Tsinema Club was born. “AP Arthouse was a huge influence” says Tsering.
The next free movie screening will be on October 5th in the Amphitheater (4C.1). The film will be the first movie in Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. “It’s violent, beautiful, and painful.” says Tsering.