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Sherwood Hu

2013-05-09

  Sherwood Hu, “One of the most exciting and dynamic directors to emerge from China”(Kirt Honycutt, “Hollywood Reporter”)。 Born and raised in Shanghai surrounded by a creative and artistic family, Sherwood relocated to the US to receive his Masters of Arts degree from New York State University and earned a Ph.D. in directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also studied at The Public Theater in New York under Joseph Papp, and began his professional career directing theatre, including productions of Rashomon, Constant Prince and The Chairman's Wife.
  He created The Legend of Prince Lanling, a lavish stage production which received an Honorable Mention from the Kennedy Arts Center, and later adapted into his first feature film. WARRIOR LANLING, an epic ritual film about ancient China. His second feature, LANI LOA, THE PASSAGE was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola.
  Hu went back to China and formed his own company “Hus Entertainment” in 2005, and produced and directed a 40-episode television series PURPLE JADE for CCTV. He returned to epic film PRINCE OF THE HIMALAYAS, his own adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, set in ancient Tibet, and performed entirely in the Tibetan language. The film received Best Film Award from Calabria International Film Festival in Italy along with other awards, including Monaco Film Festival and American-China Film Festival, and a Special Commendation from American Shakespeare Association. And it was re-released in New York on December 15th, 2011, attracted many people to come to see it and received favorable reviews from mainstream media. The film was held over for more than 100 days, which created the overseas showing record among Chinese films, and won the “Top Ten Overseas Released Films of China”, awarded by SARFT on the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival. His film project “Lord of Shanghai” was rewarded Silver Prize in Taiwan Golden Horse Award.  His TV series FIGHTING PEKING was rated #1 TV show of the nation after aired during the Chinese Spring Festival of 2009 at Beijing TV.
  Sherwood continues to pursue his passion for the stage with A.R. Gurney's Sylvia; Jean-Paul Sartre's Dirty Hands; and a modern ballet SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WOMEN. He adapted PRINCE OF THE HIMALAYAS for the stage in Shanghai and, after a successful run, the play was selected for The 9th Shanghai International Arts Festival.  His stage production “Myth of the Third Pole” opened to the sold-out audiences in the Spring of 2009 in Beijing Polly Theater, and was called “an instant classic' praised by theater experts.
  Honored with the titles of ”Eastern Scholar“ and ”Distinguished Expert of Shanghai“, Sherwood also finds the time to be a professor at the Shanghai Theater Academy where he supervises graduate students. This year he founded ”Film and Television Academy“ and serves as  its president under Shanghai Theatre Academy. He was invited by Shanghai TV station ”Art and Culture“ channel hosting the only Film Critique program ”Hu on Silver Screen“ from 2008-2010. He was the artistic director of 2010 World Expo Shanghai Pavilion, which was praised as ”one of the most creative pavilions in the Expo 2010.“
  He directed two successful stage productions in 2011,  a Musical ”Growing Happiness“, which was selected by 13th Shanghai International Arts festival and has been re-staged this Children's Day. And a Modern Ballet ”Degas' Diamond“ received rave reviews both in Shanghai and Beijing. His new film ”Amazing“ (produced by Shanghai Film Studio and NBA) will be released this summer. As the founder of MIA Center (Media Image Art), he contributes a lot of his time to study a new entertainment genre which comes out of Shanghai Pavilion, a new art form mixed with film, theater, computer arts, digital science and high tech engineering.