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DIRECTED BY YANG SUN & S. LEO CHIANG

“…an elegant, focused piece of storytelling”

Screen Daily

“Sun and Chiang strike a tricky balance between a high-stakes making-of documentary and an intimate, observational family portrait, but Maleonn is such a thoughtful, sensitive, brilliant subject that the film is compelling no matter where on the creative spectrum they find him.”

Variety

“…a thought-provoking, melancholy portrait of creativity and growing up that’s hard to shake.”

The Pop Break

“Sun and Chiang’s ability to capture the theatrical wonder of Maleonn’s work helps introduce this extraordinary artist to the West, while the story of loss and the next generation rising is universal.”

Documentary Magazine

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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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SYNOPSIS

When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine”–a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

SCREENINGS

I-House Documentary Screening

New York City, NY

Wed, Jan 22 – 7:00 PM at International House, Davis Hall

Wakefield Doc Fest

Wakefield, QC, Canada

Sat, Feb 29 – 2:00 PM at Centre Wakefield La Pêche
Sun, Mar 1 – 2:00 PM at Centre Wakefield La Pêche

拆 chai. Chinesisches Filmfestival Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany

Thu, Feb 13 – 8:30 PM at Cinémathèque Leipzig

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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Sales (N. America)

Mila Cottray, ICM Partners

Sales (International)

Catherine LeClef, Cat&Docs

Festival Distribution

Jeffrey Winter, The Film Collaborative

Sales (China)

Terry Zhou, Shanghai Eternity