DIRECTED BY YANG SUN & S. LEO CHIANG

“A tender and visually striking film about using art to combat the unrelenting difficulties of ageing.”

CBS News

“…an elegant, focused piece of storytelling”

Screen Daily

Our Time Machine is a wondrous blend of beautiful puppet imagery and even more beautiful family drama… It’s one of the best films of the year.”

We Are Movie Geeks

“Moving… Compelling… a thoughtful, sensitive, brilliant subject.”

Variety

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

AWARDS

Tribeca 2019
Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature

CAAMFest 2019
Winner: Documentary Competition

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019
Grand Jury Award, International Documentary Feature

DocEdge 2019
Winner: Best International Director
Winner: Best in Category “All in the Family”

Indie Street Film Festival 2019
Jury Award – Best Documentary Feature Film

Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 2019
Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film

China Academy Awards of Documentary Film
Best Editing

 

Wakefield Doc Fest
Best of Fest Audience Award

Salem Film Fest
Special Jury Award

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AVAILABLE VIA VIRTUAL CINEMA!

With movie theaters closed during the pandemic, we are releasing our film virtually, in partnership with local independent cinemas.

Your ticket enables you to stream our film online, with half of the ticket price going to the theater of your choice during these difficult times.

Select the theater you wish to support below & follow the prompts to pre-order the film. You can then stream it on any of your devices, including Apple TV and Roku, between September 11th-25th.

If your city is not listed, click HERE to pre-order the film.

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Berkeley, CA

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

El Cerrito, CA

Laemmle Theaters

Los Angeles, CA

Mendocino Film Festival

Mendocino, CA

The Roxie Theater

San Francisco, CA

Rafael @ Home

San Rafael, CA

Rialto Cinemas Sonoma County

Sebastopol, CA

Cinema Art Theater

Lewes, DE

Tower Theater

Miami, FL

HIFF @ Home

Honolulu, HI

Gene Siskel Film Center

Chicago, IL

The Cabot & Salem Film Fest

Beverly, MA

ArtsEmerson

Boston, MA

The Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor, MI

Bozeman Film Society

Bozeman, MT

Carolina Theatre

Durham, NC

a/perture cinema

Winston-Salem, NC

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn, NY

Maysles Documentary Center

New York City, NY

The Neon

Dayton, OH

Hollywood Theatre

Portland, OR

cinéSPEAK

Philadelphia, PA

Rangos Giant Cinema

Pittsburgh, PA

AFS Cinema

Austin, TX

Utah Film Center

Salt Lake City, UT

Virtual SIFF Cinema

Seattle, WA

SPECIAL EVENTS

Live Q&A with Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang

Date and Time TBA (EST)

TRAILER

SYNOPSIS

Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play’s production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life.

FILMMAKERS

  • Yang Sun Director / Producer / Cinematographer

    Shanghai-based director and cameraman Yang Sun has directed several short documentaries. This is his feature-length debut.

  • S. Leo Chiang Director / Producer / Writer

    S. Leo Chiang is a filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei. He co-founded the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), and is a documentary branch member of the Academy.

  • Bo Li Editor / Writer

    Bo Li is a Beijing-based editor. His most recent film, PLASTIC CHINA, won the Special Jury Award for First Appearance at IDFA 2016, and was selected in 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Jean Tsien Executive Producer

    Jean Tsien, ACE is a veteran documentary editor, producer, and consultant. She executive produced and edited Plastic China, the winner of the 54th Golden Horse Award for Best Editing. Tsien is a recipient of the Mentorship Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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“We all have our time machines, don’t we.
Those that take us back are memories…
And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

– HG WELLS

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Sales (International)

Catherine LeClef, Cat&Docs

Sales (N. America)

Mathew Levy, Passion River Films

Festival Distribution

Jeffrey Winter, The Film Collaborative

Sales (China)

Terry Zhou, Shanghai Eternity