Hey, I'm Jingjing!

New York, New York

I have made my way around the sun before arriving to filmmaking. With degrees in Biomedical Engineering, English, and an MFA in Creative Writing, I began my professional career working on aviation, building jet engines at Pratt & Whitney. Driven by the need to express myself, I moved to NYC to pursue writing while working as a bookseller, non-profit supporter, 7th grade poetry teacher, college adjunct, and many more. I thought if Hemingway went to war, then I shall work and write about that. In 2015, I created a video dating app in six weeks and pitched to the likes of Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist) before having an existential crisis and realized that I had wanted to be a filmmaker since I was eight years old, and I have yet to make a film. So I dusted off the scripts that I wrote in my MFA program, and submitted them to Sundance Institute. Since then, I have learned filmmaking by doing.

 

Jingjing Tian is a Chinese American writer director. She is a Sundance Writer's Lab semifinalist and a Sundance Sloan Foundation semifinalist. She has held fellowships at the New York Public Library and the Middlebury Script Lab, and won best female director, awards in excellence at AT&T, the Princeton Indpt. Film Festival, and more. Her short film about a Chinese cowboy has screened around the world including the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, Museum of the Chinese in America and more. Her work has been profiled in Paper Magazine, AM New York, High Country News, and more. She has worked with director Eliza Hittman and DP Helene Louvart.

 

Raised in China and Texas, she has a fondness for the strange, the prophetic, the dreamlike, and the heartfelt in supersize proportions. Her goal is to create more joy, empathy, and opportunities in the world.

 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Sister Una Lived a Good Death

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Follow Sister Úna through the last nine months of her life, as she checks things off of her bucket list and teaches us how to live and die.

107%

This project got the green light!

Triple Threat

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Musical

Close friendships are slowly pulled apart as a once shared Broadway dream is abandoned by one in favor of a new dream: fatherhood.

101%

This project got the green light!

Seven Fishes

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

When Dom brings his estranged sister, Gia, to the Bonfiglio’s Feast of Seven Fishes, Christmas Eve becomes a matter of life or death.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Eulogist

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

In the depths of his grief, a young man becomes obsessed with crashing funerals and giving eulogies for people he never knew.

100%

This project got the green light!

'Til Death Do Us Part

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A woman's husband passes away. Unable to cope & losing grip on reality, she meets a strange young child who reminds her of someone she once

84%

This project got the green light!

"The Happy Side" Comedy Movie

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

When her boss gives her an ultimatum to come in to work, a burned-out Retail employee must decide whether or not to give up her epic day off

81%

This project got the green light!

Nobody's Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

The child of a broken household escapes to the darkest corners of his imagination. A 1960s family drama gets surreal.

80%

This project got the green light!

Eagle and the Albatross

Montrose, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

An orphaned Korean girl seeks a mentor in a small-town golf club full of misfits.

102%

This project got the green light!

Hello From Taiwan

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

A Taiwanese American family living in California in the late 1980s struggles to re-unite across cultural and language barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

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