Haohao Yan

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Haohao Yan

/ Director

Born October, 1994
Rresidence Los Angeles, U.S.

My Story

Haohao Yan is a writer-director based in LA. Born and grew up
in Beijing, China, she came to the U.S to pursue her B.A. in Film and Television Production at UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. After graduation, she stayed in LA and worked as a freelancer with a focus on Chinese-American coproduction film and commercials. Before attending AFI as a directing fellow, she served as the assistant to the director in the Lionsgate and Hunan TV Chinese-American co-production film, COME ACROSS LOVE.

Director Statement

It was a hot summer day at a boarding school in the outskirts of Beijing, China. During activity time, the principal made an announcement over the loudspeaker: nobody would be going home anymore, the school was to be locked down because of the outbreak of SARS. I was eight years old, sitting in my classroom, struggling to memorize the lines for my first public speech ever. Too young to have the knowledge to make sense of the world, something I still suspect was absent in adults in that period of time, I felt for the first time the urgency to search for something real, something that could help me make sense of the world and make sense of my own life.

Moments like this keep coming back to me as I’ve grown up. I have constantly found myself in similar situations despite the passing of time and the changes in my body. The only difference is that as I get older and older, I’m not as honest about my feelings as when I was a kid. With this film, I want to capture the raw emotions stimulated by childhood discoveries, the urgency to make sense of the ambiguous and arbitrary world, the bold decisions, the awkward fantasies, the rare moment of finding our place on the map of the world.

My Filmography

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My Award

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