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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Katy Chang, M.F.A. ’02

Dubai Glitter Dust. Katy Chang, M.F.A. ’02, wanted to learn about the Middle East, beyond what she was seeing in the nightly news.

In producing her feature-length film, Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai, Chang got her opportunity. The film provides a view of the art scene in Dubai, the rapidly growing city in the United Arab Emirates, which has awed the world with its impressive technology, expansive growth and incredible opulence.

The documentary follows three struggling artists and their lives in Dubai.

“Even though I’m looking at these three artists, it’s really a larger story,” says Chang. “A universal theme about the ‘Dubai-ification’ of the world.”

Glitter Dust is what Katy calls a “drawcumentary” because she layers the digital video with animations that interact with the filmed scene.

“I don’t ever think of film or video as flat. I see it as really layered and rich,” says Chang. “We often had so many restrictions to filming that I knew what we captured wouldn’t be able to tell the whole story.”

After nearly three years in production, Glitter Dust wrapped up its final edits early this year. Chang is now sending the film to various American and international film festivals, and premiered it at the 5th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai in the spring and 29th Jerusalem International Film Festival in July.

“I just want to bring the work to a wider audience. Glitter Dust is another way to access the Middle East; to see another side of it. And I think it’s an important side to put out there.”