DIRECTED BY YANG SUN & S. LEO CHIANG

“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

“…an elegant, focused piece of storytelling”

Screen Daily

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

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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

TRAILER

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

UnderhillFest

Podogorica, Montenegro

Thu, Jun 18 – 10:15 PM at Teren KK Budućnost, Njegošev Park

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

California, U.S.A. [geo-blocked]

Fri, Jun 19 – Sun, Jun 28 [VIRTUAL EVENT]

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 (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

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