Joanne Shen is a graduate of Princeton University where she received her bachelor's degree in English literature in 1994. Upon graduation, she worked as a journalist in China and Hong Kong. In 1998, she co-directed and co-produced King of Kowloon, a half-hour documentary about a crippled Cantonese graffiti artist, which has won the Distinguished Award at the Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards.
16mm color film
A Neon Life is an exploration of the ambiguous beauty of commercial neon signs as seen through the eyes of three individuals who work in the neon sign trade. A neon tube bender, a junkyard neon enthusiast and a sign restoration expert discuss what this mysterious unique light means to them. A Neon Life marries the visual power of neon light with an original, ethereal soundtrack.
Bread examines the efforts of a growing local currency movement in Berkeley.
16mm black and white film