Even Wu


Even Wu

/ Director

Born China
Rresidence Los Angeles, U.S.

My Story

Even Wu is an award-winning Chinese-Canadian film director/writer. Even graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree, majoring in Film and Media. She’s currently a Film Production MFA Candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, concentrating on directing. Even has directed numerous films of diverse genres and received many festival accolades around the globe, including the Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner) and Venice Film Festival (Focus On China Category). Even also pursues film projects in China, where she has directed 4 feature films . She indulges in edgy visuals and strives to create significant and captivating films that reflect a passion for storytelling.

Director Statement

I have always been fascinated by all the differences in this world that make us all unique individuals. Sylvia’s story offers faith to individuals who struggle with being “different”, including me, as well as connects us to a brand-new dimension of possibilities beyond the appearance of disabilities.

Through this film, I would like to showcase that autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream unlimitedly. Sylvia shows us beauty beyond the norm. Ultimately, this is a film that celebrates differences and diversities, a film that reflects on the infinite power of a pure heart. I was born and raised in China and moved to Canada at the age of 15. Having lived in both the East and the West for the past 26 years, I grew up appreciating people and stories of all origins.

Being a female Asian filmmaker in North America, I have experienced being different and have sometimes been marginalized. As a minority myself, I strive to most honestly tell the story of a multi-racial girl who has disabilities. “Dream With One Eye Open” is filmed in a poetic and intimate style in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and emotions. Sequences with Sylvia and her family hold true to Cinema Vérité style whereas sequences where we delve into Sylvias perception of the world blend an impressionistic and lyrical style into the story. I intend to help the audiences feel fully immersed in this family of four traumatized yet still breathtakingly brave women.

We as the filmmakers follow these four women as their lives unfold and embrace all the surprises and improvisations of the family. I am interested in emphasizing visual elements to evoke emotional responses from the audience, to motivate them into full emotional involvement and lead them to experience a complex “inner truth” of the story and the characters. I would like to tell this family’s story as visual poetry, as everyone in this family is an artist and art has always been an important healing component to the family. I will also visualize the distorted and blurring of reality inside Sylvia’s brain where words hold no meaning. Another goal of mine is to capture the complexity, fragility and wonder of an autistic girl’s world and recreate her lifelong struggles of living with autism and the trauma of losing her father at a young age.

My Filmography

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My Award

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