Tze Chun
Filmmaker and Screenwriter
Brooklyn, NY
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Tze Chun is a screenwriter and director whose films, in his words, “look at universal issues through the lens of culturally specific, character-driven narratives.” Chun’s short, Windowbreaker, played at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival as well as over 30 other international festivals and won the audience award at the 2007 New York City Short Film Festival. His first feature film, Children of Invention, recounts the tale of two Chinese-American children who must fend for themselves when their mother is arrested for taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme. The movie, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 50 film festivals, winning 17 festival awards including eight Grand Jury or Best Narrative Feature prizes.

Portrait photo courtesy Gabriela Herman.

  • Artwork by Tze Chun
    Children of Invention, 2009; photo by Will Serber, poster design by Tze Chun
Artwork by Tze Chun