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Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze 《沿江而上》(2007), China Heavyweight 《千錘百鍊》(2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, 《茄子》. In 2015, Chang was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs for Eggplant, 《茄子》. Award-winning short documentary, Pandemic19, co-directed by Annie Katsura Rollins, has qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards and will premiere on World Channel on February 1, 2021 and Al Jazeera World on January 17, 2021..
A graduate of the Meisner acting technique from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in NYC and Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Chang's films are recognized for being humanistic stories exploring emotionally complex characters through a cinematic lens.
Chang's award-winning short, Gatekeeper, qualified for the 2016 Oscars® and is a Vimeo Staff Pick, distributed by Field of Vision, Laura Poitras' curated online film unit. His latest feature documentary, This is Not a Movie is about Robert Fisk, the iconoclastic Middle East correspondent. The film is co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, currently on the festival circuit, World Premiered at TIFF 2019.
Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals
including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas.
His films have been critically-acclaimed, receiving awards in
Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Screen Award, Taiwan Golden Horse (twice), Cinema Eye Honors, among others and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys.
Chang's films have broadcast on international networks including PBS, National Geographic, ARTE, ZDF, Channel 4, HBO, TMN, NHK, CBC, Bell Media, TV2, SBS, RTS and EBS. He's received funding from major organizations like Sundance Institute, Doc Society, Telefilm, Ontario Creates, SODEC, Hot Docs, National Film Board and Canada Council for the Arts.
Chang is the recipient of the Don Haig Award, the Yolande and Pierre Perrault Award, and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. In 2013, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Academy Awards / Oscars®.
For his full filmography, see IMDB.
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