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Urban Nomad Film Festival – David Frazier Talking Taiwan Ep 53

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When Gus, the producer of Talking Taiwan suggested that I do an interview with David Frazier, co-founder and Festival Director of the Urban Nomad Film Festival, which first started in Taipei in 2002, I was intrigued. And after speaking with David about Urban Nomad, I found myself wishing that I’d be in Taipei at the time of the festival! We talked about how the Urban Nomad Film Festival is more than just a film festival. In the past it has featured poetry readings, live bands, exhibits, parties, and a host of other interactive events. At a glance, the Urban Nomad is part film festival, part music festival. But it is more than that. The goal of the festival’s organizers has been to create a community-oriented event. David explained that the festival was inspired by punk rock’s DIY ethic, and described the Urban Nomad Film Festival as participatory event and “a live art project.” Learn where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from, the fascinating evolution of the festival and what it takes to run a festival like this. The Urban Nomad Film Festival is definitely something worth checking out if you’re in Taipei in the spring. To learn more, visit their website:

Urban Nomad Film Festival


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

How the festival has evolved since it first started in 2002

Where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from

What the Urban Nomad Film Festival is

What it takes to run a festival like the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The people and supporters of the festival

Highlights from past Urban Nomad Film Festivals

The New York connection to the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The types of films that premier at the Urban Nomad Film Festival


Related Links: (Urban Nomad Film Festival website) (Urban Nomad Film Festival Facebook page)

About the Host

Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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