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*Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Berkeley, CA

*Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

El Cerrito, CA

*The Lark Theater

Larkspur, CA

Rialto Cinemas Sonoma County

Sebastopol, CA

*HIFF @ Home

Honolulu, HI

Gene Siskel Film Center

Chicago, IL

Fine Arts Theatres KC

Overland Park, KS

Portland Museum of Art

Portland, ME

Cinema Detroit

Detroit, MI

Art House Cinema

Billings, MT

Museum of the Moving Image

Astoria, NY

Maysles Documentary Center

New York City, NY


New York City, NY

The Little Theatre

Rochester, NY

Hollywood Theatre

Portland, OR

Campus Theatre

Lewisburg, PA

*AFS Cinema

Austin, TX

*The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston, TX

Utah Film Center

Salt Lake City, UT


Studio Visit to Maleonn & Family in Shanghai

moderated by MSNBC’s Richard Lui [Sept. 12]

Panel Discussion with S. Leo Chiang, Dr. Jinyu Liu, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, and Serene Nie, Social Worker at CaringKind NYC

hosted by ReelAbilities NYC [Sept. 15]

Q&A with S. Leo Chiang

hosted by Austin Film Society [Sept. 17]

Artist Conversation w/ filmmakers & Hao Sun—company manager of “Papa’s Time Machine”

hosted by ArtsEmerson and Chuang Stage [Sept. 19]

Panel Discussion w/ filmmakers & local partners

hosted by cinéSPEAK and Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival [Sept. 27]

“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.”


100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes


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 2020
Special Jury Award

Les Écrans de Chine 2020
Grand Prix China Screen d’Or

Gotham Awards 2020
Best Documentary Nominee

Pordenone Docs Fest 2020
Jury Award, Best Documentary




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.


  • 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.


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




Sales (International)

Catherine LeClef, Cat&Docs

Sales (N. America)

Mathew Levy, Passion River Films

Festival Distribution

Jeffrey Winter, The Film Collaborative

Sales (China)

Felix Wu, Shanghai Eternity