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ROBIN WANG

DIRECTOR. PRODUCER. SCREENWRITER.

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BIOGRAPHY

        Zhongyu (Robin) Wang is a Student Emmy - nominated director, producer, and screenwriter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (Highest Distinction) from Duke University and an MFA degree in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California. 

        As a director and producer, Robin has brought his works to over a hundred international film festivals worldwide. Among them, Mother in the Mist, the USC Thesis film he produced in 2021, won the DGA Student Film Award for Best Women Filmmaker, the Best Student Film Award at the American Pavillion at the Cannes Film Festival, and premiered at the 20th San Diego International Film Festival.

 

        The short films he directed have been official selections of Oscar-qualifying film festivals such as LA Outfest, Urbanworld, deadCenter, and Bronzelens, with coverage from Variety, Deadline, and Moviemaker Magazine, and can be viewed on streaming platforms such as Dekkoo, PBS SoCal, Amazon Prime, and RokuTV. At USC, he is the Jack Oakie Scholar in Comedy Directing, the Irvin Kershner Scholar in Documentary Filmmaking, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Full Production Grantee.

 

        In Fall 2021, Robin was selected to direct Wei-Lai, one of the three USC-sponsored Thesis projects. The film was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the 42nd College Television Awards and has been an official selection at Bentonville Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Hollyshorts, as well as a Finalist for KCET – Fine Cut and CAA Moebius. He is currently co-directing Jack and Lou, a gangster romance feature film set in 1920s Al Capone’s Chicago with the backing of Universal Studios.

        As a storyteller, Robin is recognized for his coming-of-age Asian-themed comedies with a blend of bittersweet humor, twisted ethics, and heartfelt realities. As one who wanders on the margin of cultures, he wants to continue to explore the meaning of "home" and "homelessness" against the massive backdrop of cultural displacement and the Asian diaspora.

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Jack & Lou: A Gangster Love Story

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Jack & Lou: A Gangster Love Story

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Jack & Lou: A Gangster Love Story

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Wei-Lai

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Wei-Lai

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Wei-Lai

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Graduation

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Graduation

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Mother in the Mist

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Mother in the Mist

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Mother in the Mist

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The Spirit Became Flesh

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The Spirit Became Flesh

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DIRECTING

For ALL projects, links are available upon request.

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JACK AND LOU: A GANGSTER LOVE STORY

COMING SOON 2023

Synopsis: The life story of ‘Machine Gun’ Jack McGurn, Al Capone’s main enforcer and alleged perpetrator of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, as told through the eyes of the love of his life, and notorious alibi, Louise Rolfe. After falling in love with each other, the duo will do everything in their power to rise to the top of the Chicago Outfit, regardless of the tragic consequences.

Genre: Crime, Romance, Drama

Feature Film starring Linda Hamilton, with the backings of Universal Studios.

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WEI-LAI

2022

Synopsis: Tired of getting pushed and punished by his own parents, Wei-Lai, an 11-year-old Chinese American boy, decides to show up at his best friend’s family and offer himself up for their adoption.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

College Television Awards/ Student Emmys Nominee for Best Comedy Series

Official Selections:

Bronzelens Film Festival, 2022 (OSCAR-qualifying)
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2022
Hollyshorts Monthly Screenings, 2022
KCET - Fine Cut Festival of Films, 2022
Bentonville Film Festival, 2022
Lonestar Film Festival, 2022
Tallgrass Film Festival, 2022

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GRADUATION

2020

Synopsis: Following a graduation celebration, four Chinese must navigate their relationships' future as dictated by the circumstances of life and their families.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Official Selections:
Urbanworld Film Festival, 2020 (OSCAR-qualifying)
LA Outfest, 2021 (OSCAR, BAFTA-qualifying)
Out on Film, Atlanta, 2021 (OSCAR-qualifying)

deadCenter Film Festival, 2022 (OSCAR-qualifying)
Outfest Fusion 2021
San Jose International Short Film Festival, 2020
Asian American International Film Festival, 2021
New Filmmakers LA 2021
Catalina Film Festival, 2021

 


 

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY

2019

Synopsis: A jaded business associate brings home a portrait of a beautiful woman. Slowly seduced by its mysterious charm, he gets more than what he bargained for when the woman jumps out of the portrait and starts to terrify him.

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Official Selection:

Midsummer Scream Halloween & Horror Convention, 2021

First Youth Film Festival (3rd place), 2021

Fright Night Film Fest, 2020

Killer Valley Film Festival, 2020

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival, 2020

Hollywood Horrorfest (Finalist), 2020

Shockfest, 2021

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BLIND CHANCE

2019

Synopsis: In a lonely motel room, two boys who came out to their parents form a special, self-affirming bond.

Genre: Drama

Official Selections:
Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival, 2020

Asians on Film Festival of Shorts, 2021

 

Acquired and Distributed on Dekkoo.com

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PRODUCING

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MOTHER IN THE MIST

Synopsis: Following Wuhan’s Coronavirus lockdown, a rural single mother, Zhao, embarks on a dangerous journey in search of her preemie newborn baby stranded in Wuhan City Hospital. Joining her path is a mysterious eight-year-old girl, who shares the same determination to reunite with her mother in the city.

Directed by Kay Niuyue Zhang

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Road Movie

DGA Student Award for Best Woman Filmmaker

Jury Award Winner American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at 75th Cannes Film Festival Village International

Best Narrative Short at KCET - Fine Cut Festival of Films

Official Selections:

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, 2021 (OSCAR-qualifying)

Newport Beach Film Festival, 2022

SCAD Savannah Film Festival, 2021

San Diego International Film Festival, 2021

New Era Film Festival, 2021

the 58th Golden Horse Awards, Best Short Film semi-finalist

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THE SPIRIT BECAME FLESH

2023

Synopsis: An unbeliever returns to his deeply religious hometown only to find that his community has fallen prey to a sinister monster that they believe is the Holy Spirit of God.

Directed by Jesse Aultman

Genre: Horror

In Festival Circuit.

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BACKLOG

2023

Synopsis: The incredible true story of a young collegiate woman who is called to find justice not only for her rape three years prior - but for thousands neglected by the US legal system.

Directed by Jacqueline Elyse Rosenthal

Genre: Drama, Women, Social Justice

In Festival Circuit.

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ECHOES OF KEF TIME

2022

Synopsis: The last family in a long line of Armenian-American folk musicians must find a way to keep their tradition alive.

Directed by Avo John Kambourian

Genre: Documentary, Music

Official Selection:

Newport Beach Film Festival, 2022

Boston Film Festival, 2022

Seattle Asian American Film Festival, 2023

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HEATHER'S VOICE

2022

Synopsis: Tasked with promoting a tech company’s VR innovations, a young scientist risks her job when she decides to use her creations to faithfully serve a grief-stricken family --- rather than follow the company’s wish to stage a publicity stunt.

Directed by Shicong Zhu

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi

Official Selection:

China Science Fiction Short Film Convention, 2022

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