S. Leo Chiang is a filmmaker based in Taipei & San Francisco. His most recent film, Our Time Machine was nominated for the Gotham Awards, won Best Cinematography at Tribeca Film Festival, and played at over 75 film festivals worldwide. In 2020, he directed two episodes of the landmark 5-part PBS series Asian Americans. His previous films include the Emmy Award-nominated A Village Called Versailles, Out Run, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, and To You Sweetheart, Aloha. Leo’s work has received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, and ITVS. He has been a Sundance-Time Warner Fellow, a Rockwood JustFilms Fellow, and a Co-Chair of New Day Films. He has served as a mentor/trainer for the Hot Docs CrossCurrent Fellowship, the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum, and the CAAM Fellowship. He is the co-founder of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
Parachute Kids is a first-person essay film exploring my turbulent experience as an unaccompanied minor who moved to the U.S. from Taiwan through an unusual, on-going East Asian immigration practice, examining my family's peculiar, bittersweet version of the American Dream.