Chinese filmmaker Tian Leng shares his journey from Changzhou to New York City through photography and film. His video “Yuan Lin,” about the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, gives an intimate look at a fascinating traditional Chinese building located at the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Tian’s short documentary “Dear Friend Chinatown” explores the casual encounters between the filmmaker and everyday life in New York’s Chinatown. His short received several recognitions, including the Runner-up Documentary at
the 2019 CUNY Asian American Film Festival.
Tian Leng is a filmmaker, photographer, and sound designer. He graduated from CUNY’s City Tech, and is currently a graduate student at The Graduate Center – CUNY.
This interview streams along with the short documentary “Dear Friend Chinatown,” released by Short Docs – CUNY TV Digital Series in collaboration with the CUNY Asian American Film Festival.