All Eyes and Ears


Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 11, 2015 8:15 PM
Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:90 min
Director:Vanessa Hope
Producer:Geralyn White Dreyfous
Carlton Evans
Ted Hope
Vanessa Hope
Screenwriter:Vanessa Hope
Cinematographer:Magela Crosignani
Laura Hudock
Editor:Doug Blush
Paul Frost
Dalan McNabola
Todd Holmes
Michael Taylor
Print Source:Roundabout Entertainment, Inc.
Note Writer:Frako Loden


This timely documentary is a story of three people: Gracie Mei Huntsman, a teenager whose adoptive father’s job takes her back to the nation where she was abandoned to an orphanage at birth, the victim of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys; newly appointed US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr., who inherits the job at a time of rising tensions between the two countries; and Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer whose activism led to China putting him under house arrest and who now seeks US asylum. China itself becomes a fourth character, a world superpower engaged in a volatile relationship with its western counterpart, the United States. In her feature documentary debut, director Vanessa Hope’s foreign-policy and prior filmmaking experience in China comes into play as she gracefully weaves the disparate strands of her characters’ stories into an exciting and constantly changing saga of politics, ideology, identity, and high-stakes diplomacy.

Additional Information

Vanessa Hope started her film career in China while completing her PhD at Columbia University and teaching a graduate course on Law & Society at People’s University, on a grant from the Ford Foundation. Fluent in Chinese, she has produced multiple films in China including: Wang Quanan’s The Story of Ermei (2004); Chantal Akerman’s Tombee de Nuit Sur Shanghai (2007); and her own short films, China in Three Words (2013) and China Connection: Jerry (2014). Her U.S. producing credits include Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010); Joel Schumacher’s Twelve (2010); and the feature documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe by Sarah and Emily Kunstler (2009). Hope is currently a fellow at the San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse, though she is now based in Los Angeles. Prior to her film career, she worked on foreign policy issues at the Council on Foreign Relations and at the National Committee on US-China Relations.