I attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and graduated in 2015. At Gallatin, I crafted an individualized path of study, concentrating on how media and film motivate change in society, socially and politically. This academic concentration was coupled with an education in documentary and narrative film production at the Tisch School of the Arts.
As a child, I spent much of my growing up in China and saw the country change at an immense pace—neighborhoods rich with a 5000 year history disappeared in a matter of months, replaced by replicated, high-rise buildings. In 2014, I began work on my first independent documentary. Through grants awarded from NYU and funding from MIT, I completed Citify in 2016. The film explores the impact of rapid urbanization across China, and the struggle to create more humane cities, confronting development forces that threaten China's cultural heritage. Citify premiered in June 2016 in Beijing at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall and in Shanghai at the World Forum on Urban Regeneration. For the film I was awarded Best Female Filmmaker in the 2016 Hollywood International Documentary Film Festival, where Citify was exhibited.
Upon graduation from NYU in 2015, I began my professional career working in the MSNBC Longform Documentary. At MSNBC, I developed ideas for documentary series and specials, and worked as an associate producer on in-house documentaries, including "You Vote, They Decide: The Secret Campaigns for President", "Citizen Trump", and "Hillary Clinton: A Country Chooses". I also created a number of digital videos for msnbc.com, including a short documentary profiling Stanley Richards, a former inmate who has now devoted his life to helping others re-enter society.
Inspired by Stanley's story, I turned my attention towards social justice, hoping to effect change by confronting the stigmas that we hold towards those who are formerly incarcerated and constant injustice they face pre-and-post incarceration. Independently, I am in process on another short documentary in this space, which follows the story of a man who was released 18 years ago, but continues to face obstacles in the face of an unrelenting system.
After MSNBC, in early 2017, I began work with Kunhardt Films on the feature documentary film, King in the Wilderness, which looks at the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, told by those in his inner circle. The film will premiere at Sundance in January of 2018 and on HBO in April, 2018. I am currently the Associate Producer on a second documentary with Kunhardt Films for HBO.