My American Surrogate
2019
Synopsis:
A Chinese businesswoman in California has become a matchmaker between Chinese parents and American wombs.
Filmmakers:
Leslie Tai
Director
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 on a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship 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 Wu's Beijing-based studio, Caochangdi Workstation. Tai is recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital Award 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), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and broadcast on The New York Times.