Anita Wen-Shin Chang is an independent filmmaker. She was born to parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan in the 1960’s, fleeing a dictatorship. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and Massachusetts. Chang received her BA in American Studies and English at Tufts University, and MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University. She has worked as a community activist, an urban youth counselor, civil rights investigator, and education director for a non-profit San Francisco-based media literacy organization.
She has completed artist residencies in Nepal, Headlands Center for the Arts, Taipei Artist Village, and Hweilan International Artists’ Workshop. In pushing the boundaries of the moving image medium, she is always discovering ways to experiment with content and form, inspiring an active viewing experience. She
Her latest film, JOYFUL LIFE is broadcasting in Taiwan. SHE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU was selected for the Whitney Museum’s American Effect exhibition exploring global perceptions of American society and culture and much more.
Chang guest lectures, curates and writes on film. She has taught film/video production and media studies in community-based organizations such as San Francisco Conservation Corp and the Film Arts Foundation, including its STAND Mentorship program for first-time directors from under-represented backgrounds. She has also taught at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and University High School; and abroad at Kathmandu Academy of Audio Visual Arts & Sciences and National Taiwan University of Arts as a Fulbright Scholar. She also taught film/video production, documentary, and third cinema at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. More recently, she taught in the Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. (8/14)
She Wants to Talk to You
A film by Anita Chang, 2001, 29 min., Color
In October 1999 filmmaker Anita Chang befriended three 13-year-old girls – Monika Rasali, Sushma Sada and Vinita Shrestha – while living in Kathmandu,...