Chi-hui Yang

Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Chi-hui Yang, an acclaimed curator, film scholar, and educator, makes grants in film, new media, and visual storytelling for the foundation’s JustFilms program. He has global experience in supporting emerging artists and in the wider field of independent film.

Before joining the foundation in 2015, Chi-hui worked extensively as a film and video curator, including as a selection committee member for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, consulting series producer for PBS’s POV, and curator of Comcast’s Cinema Asian America video-on-demand service. Among his independently curated programs are the 2008 Flaherty Film Seminar, “The Age of Migration,” and the 2014 film series and symposium Lines and Modes: Media, Infrastructure, and Aesthetics. From 2000 to 2012, he was director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in the nation.

Chi-hui has served as an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Hunter College Asian American Studies Program and is an instructor at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art. His recent pedagogical projects include the Oberhausen Seminar, a convening exploring experimental and artists’ cinema at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the NEH-funded Summer Seminar for K-12 educators “Asian Americans in New York: Film and Literature.”

Chi-hui is president of the Flaherty Film Seminar’s board of trustees and an advisory board member of the Firelight Media Producers’ Lab. He earned a master’s degree in film studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.

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