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Lil Buck Goes to China

In November 2011, The Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, headed by Orville Schell, hosted the inaugural U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture.

Schell's son, Ole, a filmmaker, tagged along with his video camera and captured the first trip abroad—and the first overseas performances—by Charles “Lil Buck” Riley.

Lil Buck is a street dancer from Memphis whose earlier collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, when captured on video by filmmaker Spike Jonze and posted to YouTube, drew more than 2 million views.

Here Schell talks about the making of the film.

Lil Buck Goes to China (The Film)

An Interview with Filmmaker Ole Schell

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Jonathan Landreth reported freelance from Beijing from 2004 to 2012 for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The China Economic Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science...
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“Lil Buck Goes to China” was commissioned by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society.

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