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Leslie Tai

Leslie Tai

Documentary Film and Video


Leslie Tai is a Chinese-American filmmaker hailing from San Francisco, California. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Design|Media Arts, Leslie moved to China in 2006. There, she earned her filmmaking chops in the underground Chinese documentary world as a student of Wu Wenguang, a founding figure of the New Chinese Documentary Movement. From 2007-2011, she made and exhibited films as an artist of Beijing-based independent art studio, Caochangdi Workstation. Leslie is a 2007 Fulbright Scholar to China in Filmmaking and a graduate of the MFA Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. Her short films have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Visions du Réel (Nyon), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and The Museum of Modern Art.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2013
Fellowship for the Study of Women in Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 2012

The Private Life of Fenfen 

hd video
JUNE, 2013
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Fenfen's private life has now gone public. Why do we watch Fenfen and who is watching us?

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Finalist, Alternative Category, Student Academy Award, 2014
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival , 2014

Przemiany Festival, Poland, 2014
RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Film Festival, 2014
San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2014
Kasseler Dokfest, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art, Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, 2014
Sydney Film Festival, 2014
CAAMFest, 2014
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2013

Grave Goods 

hd video
JUNE, 2012
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When Grandma died, she took some of her things with her into the afterlife.  What are the things she left behind?

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Region 1 Finalist, Documentary Category, Student Academy Award, 2013
George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013
FIPA - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biarritz, France, 2014
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, 2013
Bay Area Student Film Showcase, Pacific Film Archive, 2013
Big Eddy Film Festival, 2013
CAAMFest: San Jose, 2013
Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2013
Tribeca Film Festival, 2013

Lay off 

hd video
Co-directed by Abhi Singh
MARCH, 2012

Roberto and Larry have just been laid off. This is a glimpse into a day in their lives.

Superior Life Classroom 

16mm black and white film
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Welcome to the world of Amway Cupertino, a recruitment and training ground for the Chinese housewives of Silicon Valley.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, 2013



June 15, 2013

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
June 14, 2012

Free and open to the public

March 21, 2012

Free and open to the public.

December 13, 2011

Free and open to the public