BIRDS OF PREY
CATHY YAN (Director) is a filmmaker known for her distinct
aesthetic, darkly humorous
tone and love for subverting typical genre rules and telling unconventional
stories. Her debut film,
"Dead Pigs," which she wrote and directed, won the Special Jury Prize for
ensemble acting at the
2018 Sundance Film Festival, among several other accolades. The film, which is
set in Shanghai,
came to fruition after she read a news story about 16,000 dead pigs mysteriously
the Huangpu River.
Her work on "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley
makes her the first Asian woman to direct a superhero genre film. Next, she is
slated to direct and
produce a film adaptation of Sour Hearts, a beautiful collection of short
stories by Jenny Zhang.
Yan will also co-write the script for the film along with Zhang. The film will
be an autobiographical
coming-of-age story about the immigrant experience from the point of view of a
young girl whose
parents relocate from Shanghai to New York in the '90s.
Yan studied at Princeton University, where she earned her BA, and New York
where she received a dual MFA and MBA in film. Previously, she was a reporter
for the Wall
Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and China, and brings her sharp,
journalistic instincts to
her filmmaking. Yan was born in China and is currently based in New York.
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