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The Long Trip

By Tien Chi Fu Daniel 12:8–13
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This work of filmmaker Tien Chi Fu explores the arc of a life while reflecting on the theme of “Harvest” from Daniel 12:8-13.

Details
Year
2013
Medium, Genre
Film, Short Film
Actors
Omar White, Thomas E. Wynn
Cinematography
Brandon Dong
Crew
Danielle Pruden, Garrett Born
Artist Curated by
Jeffrey Leiser

Scripture

Daniel 12:8–13

8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

Artist
Tien Chi Fu

Tien Chi Fu

From the Artist

Salvation is only the beginning. Part of the challenge in Christian walk is to understand God’s will and walk where He desires. Growing up in a broken Christian family, I wanted to escape from the cruel reality to somewhere faraway where there’s no family drama. I found the Lord when I was 20, and He has been good to me. He is my hiding place, my fortress, my rock, and my horn of salvation. He cast out all my fear and anxiety, and led me to a higher place.

I hired three actors, Omar was 12, Thomas was 23, and an older gentleman (we met in the park) who was in his mid 50s. I wanted to illustrate the loneliness of childhood, the runaway adolescent stage, and the final resting in The Lord as an older man. The child becomes a man, and he is now able to look at his past in a forgiving way. We sometimes look at God’s revelation through a remote and distant lens, but The Lord wants us to walk His way and rejoice until He comes again. What a savior we have, what a friend we have in Jesus, who not only cleansed our sin, but pour out himself to us, so we may receive the fullness of life!

Biography

Tien Chi Fu is a New York based writer/director/cinematographer. Tien was born in Taipei. His father is a playwright and greatly influenced Tien’s work. Tien grew up in a Christian family but not until age 20 did he receive Jesus Christ as his savior and get baptized.

Tien attended Sun Yat-Sen University majoring in Theatre Arts; here he spent two years learning theatre techniques with a focus on acting and directing. In his sophomore year, he formed a Drama Club and produced a traditional Chinese crosstalk play with several friends. The many dominant drama theories he learned then became the foundation of his creative works.

Following that, he moved to the United States because his true passion is in film. He took a gap year to work full time to save for tuition. He then got his associate degree in Radio/TV in Pennsylvania and got into New York University’s Film & TV department. His black & white film All Tomorrow’s Films is a story of Adam and Eve mingled with the transition between the analog and the digital era. He is now working on his thesis film “George Goforth and the Greatest Generation”.

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