Leading documentary filmmaker to screen works at UNI

UNI NEWS SERVICES—Documentary filmmaker S. Leo Chiang will visit the University of Northern Iowa from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6 to speak and screen two of his works.

Chiang will screen and discuss the following films:

S. Leo Chiang
S. Leo Chiang

- 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, "Out Run" (Runtime: 75 minutes), Lang Hall Auditorium.

- 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, "A Village Called Versailles" (Runtime: 67 minutes), Curris Business Building—John Deere Auditorium, Room 109.

He will also speak in a public lecture at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Rod Library Scholar Space, Room 301.

S. Leo Chiang is an independent documentarian. His Emmy® Award-nominated film, "A Village Called Versailles," about the rebuilding and transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans, picked up eight film festival awards, aired on PBS Independent Lens series and has been acquired by more than 200 libraries.

His most recent documentary, "Out Run," which profiles the only LGBT political party in the world, premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. 

His other films include "Mr. Cao Goes to Washington" (Inspiration Award 2012, PBS broadcast 2013), "To You Sweetheart, Aloha" (PBS broadcast 2006), "One + One" (CINE Golden Eagle Award 2002) and "Safe Journey" (PlanetOut.com Short Movie Award 2002).His most recent documentary, "Out Run," which profiles the only LGBT political party in the world, premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. 

 Born in Taiwan and based in San Francisco, Chiang holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. His work has received support from funders such as Sundance, Tribeca, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He has taught documentary production at the University of California at Santa Cruz, University of California at Berkeley, Northwestern University and the Communication University of China. He is a co-founder of the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc) and previously the co-chair of New Day Films, the social-issue documentary distribution co-operative. Chiang is a consulting producer for CNEX, the Chinese documentary foundation and a Documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, also see sleochiang.com and commstudies.uni.edu/clohesy-documentary-film-series.

Contact: 

David O'Shields, UNI documentary filmmaker in residence and director of the Clohesy Documentary Film Series, 319-273-3791, richard.oshields@uni.edu

Christopher Martin, professor of digital journalism, Department of Communication Studies, 319-273-6985, martinc@uni.edu