Tell us briefly about yourself. How did you get into the cinema?
I was born and raised in China. I came to the United States 3 years ago and earned an MFA degree in film.
What are you doing now? Do you live in the United States or come to study?
I graduated last year. I am based in San Francisco. Now, I‘m still looking for jobs…
Your movie “NIUNIU” is a funny story, but it has a deep meaning. How did you come up with this idea? What did you want to tell the audience?
I had a pet snail named Niuniu. My intent was not to tell the audience a certain story or philosophy, but to present different perspectives and let the audience to feel it by themselves.
What topics attract you as a director? What would you like to make the next films about?
I think life is an eternal topic. It is all about how to use our eyes and bodies to feel the world.
What would you like to make a feature film about if you were offered an unlimited budget right now?
I would like to make a film for my hometown, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China.
How do you think the film industry will change after the pandemic? Who do you see yourself in the new reality?
It is hard to say. Just wait and see. I’ve been thinking to try something new.
What artists have influenced you? What genre is most attractive to you?
I have many favorite artists, such as Eric Rohmer, Wim Wenders, Leos Carax, ect. However, they didn’t really influence my creative process. I prefer to find the inspiration from my personal life and experience. I really like romantic films.
What would you like to wish your colleagues, independent filmmakers, at this troubled time?
Don’t give up.