Lulu Wang (filmmaker)

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Lulu Wang
Lulu Wang at Sidetracked at MIFF.jpg
Born
EducationBoston College
Alma materNew World School of the Arts
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active2014-present
Notable work
Posthumous

Lulu Wang is an American writer and filmmaker.[1] She is best known for her feature film debut Posthumous starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wang was born in Beijing, China. Wang was six years old when she and her parents immigrated to Miami, Florida, where she was raised.[3][4] She has trained in classical piano since the age of 4 and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami for piano performance.[5] Wang graduated from Boston College in 2005 with a double major in Literature and Music.[6] Shortly after, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2008, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Wang was interning for a producer alongside Bernadette Bürgi. After a trip to IKEA, the two got the idea to make a film together from their mutual affection for storytelling and romantic comedies.[8] The pair would go on to start their own independent film development and production company, Flying Box Productions. At Flying Box, Wang directed multiple web shorts and music videos, as well as her first feature film, Posthumous, in 2014. [9]

Posthumous debuted at the Zürich Film Festival. It also played in the U.S. at the Miami International Film Festival[10] and has been released worldwide. In 2014, Wang was awarded with the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. That same year, Wang was chosen as a Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow. [11]

Her 2015 short film Touch premiered at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest.[12] It was also an NBCU Short Film Festival finalist,[13] selected by American Cinematheque for its Annual Focus on Female Directors, and took home Best Drama at the Asians on Film Festival.

In May 2016, Wang wrote and narrated a story for NPR's This American Life. That same year, development began on a feature film based on the story with producer Chris Weitz.[1][14]

In 2017, Wang was chosen to participate in Sundance Institute’s FilmTwo Initiative.[15] The initiative provides guidance for filmmakers creating their second feature films.[16]

Wang's second feature film, The Farewell, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, where it was picked up for worldwide distribution by A24. The film follows a struggling New York City artist, played by Awkwafina, who travels to China for a family reunion to visit her dying grandmother.[17] Wang based the film on her grandmother's illness, a story she first told on an episode of This American Life.[18][19] It is set to be released in the United States on July 12, 2019.

After The Farewell’s premiere at Sundance, numerous publications listed the film as a standout at the festival, including Variety, Thrillist, and Rolling Stone. In an IndieWire critics survey published after the festival, The Farewell was voted Best Film and Wang was chosen for Best Director and Best Screenplay.[20] The film currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 33 reviews.[21]

In January 2019, Variety named Wang one of ten “Directors to Watch.” In an interview with the publication, she described her next project as “very grounded science fiction.”[22]

Personal life[edit]

Wang is in a relationship with fellow director Barry Jenkins.[23] She currently resides in Los Angeles.[7]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2005: Pisces (Video short) — Producer, Director, Writer
  • 2006: Fishing the Gulf (Documentary short) — Director
  • 2007: Can-Can (Short) — Producer, Director, Writer
  • 2011: "Nobody Told Me" - Vintage Trouble (Music Video) — Director
  • 2011: Burke and Herb (Web series) — Director
  • 2014: Posthumous (Feature) — Director, Writer
  • 2014: "Still and Always Will" - Vintage Trouble (Music Video) — Director
  • 2015: Touch (Short) — Director, Writer
  • 2019: The Farewell (Feature)— Director, Writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yap, Audrey Cleo (16 August 2016). "Filmmaker Lulu Wang Is Proving Asian-American 'Stories Are Worthwhile'". NBC News. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  2. ^ Lodge, Guy (31 March 2015). "Film Review: Posthumous". Variety. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ "See Jane Salons. Changing the Lens: Why Diversity Matters". Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. ^ Saval, Malina; Saval, Malina (2019-01-04). "10 Directors to Watch: Lulu Wang Shows Another Side of Awkwafina in 'The Farewell'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  5. ^ "The annual Rising Stars Showcase highlights the exceptional talent of more than 200 NWSA students!". New World School of the Arts. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Filmmaker Lulu Wang Is Proving Asian-American 'Stories Are Worthwhile'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  7. ^ a b "About". LULU WANG. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  8. ^ "Filmmaker Lulu Wang Is Proving Asian-American 'Stories Are Worthwhile'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  9. ^ "FLYING BOX PRODUCTIONS". FLYING BOX PRODUCTIONS. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  10. ^ Morgenstern, hans (13 March 2015). "Miami Film Festival 2015: Posthumous Director Lulu Wang Talks Classic Hollywood and Growing Up in Miami". Miami New Times. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  11. ^ "About". LULU WANG. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  12. ^ "2015 Palm Springs Int'l ShortFest Announces Film Lineup". LATF USA. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  13. ^ "NBCUniversal Short Film Festival:2015 Finalists & Semi Finalists". NBC Universal. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  14. ^ Glass, Ira (22 April 2016). "585: In Defense of Ignorance Transcript". This American Life. WBEZ. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  15. ^ "About". LULU WANG. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  16. ^ Tuesday; May 17th; 2016. "Sundance Institute Announces New 'FilmTwo' Initiative to Support Second-Time Feature Filmmakers". www.sundance.org. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  17. ^ Yamato, Jen. "A tearful premiere, a Sundance sale and the stranger-than-fiction family drama behind Lulu Wang's 'The Farewell'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  18. ^ "Based On An Actual Lie: Director Lulu Wang's Sundance Hit". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  19. ^ Staff, Filmmaker. ""To Revisit Such a Traumatic Experience for the Sake of Our Movie": Director Lulu Wang | The Farewell". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  20. ^ ""Sundance 2019 Best Films: Critics Survey"". IndieWire. February 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "The Farewell- Rotten Tomatoes".
  22. ^ Saval, Malina; Saval, Malina (2019-01-04). "10 Directors to Watch: Lulu Wang Shows Another Side of Awkwafina in 'The Farewell'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  23. ^ Lyndes, Haley (2019-02-25). "Barry Jenkins and Lulu Wang at the 2019 Oscars". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved 2019-03-02.

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