Dr. Youxin Yang’s First Feature Film “Feuille” Won the Top (Platinum) Remi Award

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Scientist/Artist Dr. Youxin YangÂ?s First Feature Film Â?FeuilleÂ? Won the Top (Platinum) Remi Award in the 37th Houston International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award in NewTV 2004 Video Awards Contest

Dr. Youxin Yang, MD, PhD, started her career in China and then advanced her education in France where she was awarded a prize from the Association for the Study of Pediatric Pathology in 2000 for her work on the WT1 Gene in Denys Drash Syndrome and Diffuse Mesangial Sclerosis. She came to the United States to do cancer research at Harvard Medical School in 2001 and has recently given an oral presentation entitled, “Genetic instability is an early event that occurs before changes in tumor suppressor p53 and APC during cancer progression in Barrett’s esophagus” at the 2004 95th annual meeting of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) on March 29 in Orlando, Florida.

In her spare time, she loves creating art through painting and film. The prestigious Gallery of Espace Richelieu in Paris has twice featured her work in solo exhibitions. Bernard Boscher, President of the Espace Richelieu, described the artist in this way: “The painter, sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, Youxin Yang, is above all else an authentic artist who follows neither a school nor contemporary movement. In each of her works one finds a personal vision, arousing in the viewer the pleasure of ‘Beauty’ with sweetness and enchantment.” Dr. Yang’s recent work, available in book form at http://www.amazon.com, is a post-modern attempt to show the movement and beauty of human emotion shared between present and absent subjects. These pieces were featured at the Wellesley Free Library (http://www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org) from May 4th to 28th. This collection will be displayed again at the Cape Cod Community Media Center Gallery (http://www.c3tv.org) from June 4th to July 2nd. The art reception for Dr. Yang’s collection will be held there on June 12th.

The Music in Dream is Dr. Yang’s first film and she had the pleasure of being the screenwriter and leading actress. The Music in Dream has aired on the Jiangsu TV station in China in 1993. Feuille, also known as Leaf in English, is her second screenplay. Feuille was shot in Paris in 1998 and its original version was 90 minutes long. It tells a story of a Chinese female painter and a French female photographer who, together, experience conflicts dealing with culture and homosexuality. Even so, these characters share in the deeper aspects of human nature: honesty, generosity, and beauty. Their relationship is an intense drama of intersecting culture and humanity. The film aired on a Shanghai TV station in China in 1998, but in a modified, shorter version under the title Listening to the Rain (17 min). Youxin continued editing through numerous versions until the final feature was acknowledged through an honorable prize. Feuille won the Platinum Remi Award at the 37th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival on April 24, 2004.

This year's festival attracted more than 4,500 selected entries, from over 30 countries, to compete for platinum, gold, silver, or bronze Remi Awards. The Houston Worldfest is a prestigious international festival, the third oldest in North America. This year's event also received special greetings from President George W. Bush and Texas Governor Rick Perry. Past Award winners in this festival included Stephen Spielberg, Ang Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Randall Kleiser, John Lee Hancock, The Coen Brothers, Robert Rodriguez, Ridley Scott, Steve Poster and many more. Feuille was the only Chinese Movie (with English subtitles) that won a Platinum Remi Award this year.

On May 20, 2004, Feuille was honored with yet another prize. At the NewTV 2004 Annual Red Carpet Video Awards Ceremony, Dr. Yang accepted the Special Jury Award for her film.

Professor Jiu Qi of Europe Journal wrote regarding her cross-disciplined talents: “Her artistic instinct contributes to her cancer research. Conversely her scientific reasoning contributes to her artwork.”

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