Competition: US & Canada
A Chinese American from Ohio, Stephanie Wang-Breal uses film as a tool to subvert the narrative. Her work explores institutions and the people who reside at the core of these institutions.
Stephanie’s films include Wo Ai Ni Mommy (2010), Tough Love (2014) and Blowin’ Up (2018). Wo Ai Ni Mommy was awarded the SilverDocs Grand Jury Prize, the SFIAAFF Best Documentary Award, as well as an Emmy nomination. Tough Love received the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award. Blowin’ Up was a New York Times’ critics pick and received the Society of Authors Award at the Film Des Femmes Festival in Paris, France. Each film was broadcast on PBS’ POV. Stephanie is working on a new hybrid film that explores her immigrant mother’s many pockets of existence in Youngstown, Ohio.
In 2014, Stephanie co-founded Once in a Blue films, a female-run production company. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council of the Arts and the Jerome Foundation; she is the recipient of a 2019 Chicken and Egg Artist Award, as well as a 2020 Creative Capital Award. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her two children.
Photo Credit: James Fideler