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Hong Kong baseball film premieres in Chicago

"Weeds on Fire" director Steve Chan (right) attends the film's Chicago premiere.

Steve Chan (third from left) joins HKETONY Head of Communications and Public Relations Claudia Yeung (third from right), founder of Asian Pop-Up Cinema Sophia Wong Boccio (second from left) and other guests at the Chicago premiere.

Hong Kong baseball film “Weeds on Fire” had its Chicago premiere on September 21 as part of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema series.

Film director and screenwriter Steve Chan attended the screening, sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY), to discuss his inspiration for the film.

Noting that he knew nothing about baseball prior to the project, Mr. Chan said he received coaching to learn the game.

However, more than baseball, the story revolves around two boys growing up in Hong Kong’s public housing.

Baseball was used to convey emotion and as a backdrop to the state of mind of the characters, Mr. Chan explained.

“Weeds on Fire” was financed with Hong Kong government funding through its First Feature Film Initiative, which supports directors who are making their first feature film.

The funding helps nurture Hong Kong’s emerging filmmakers.

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