Cathy Yan

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Cathy Yan is a filmmaker based in New York City, born in China and raised between Hong Kong and Washington, DC. She received her MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Film Program. Her feature script, DEAD PIGS, was selected for the Purple List, the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters Lab and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Finalist. DEAD PIGS is slated to shoot Spring 2017 in Shanghai with Alibaba Pictures and Media Asia to produce and China’s renowned arthouse filmmaker, Jia Zhangke (A TOUCH OF SIN, STILL LIFE) as executive producer.

Producing credits include the feature documentary SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUOQIANG (director: Academy award winner Kevin Macdonald, premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2016), various shorts, a web-series and content for brands such as Armani, Subway, Spotify and The Innocence Project.

She is developing a comedic series about a disapproving Korean mother and her gay son called “According To My Mother” which is selected for IFP Film Week, New York Television Festival, Independent Television Festival and NewFest, as well as a psychological thriller set in the high-fashion world in Shanghai.

Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. She was one of the youngest writers in the paper’s history to pen multiple front-page stories. Cathy graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs