Ursula Liang

Ursula Liang is a storyteller who has worked in a wide range of media. She has held staff positions at The New York Times’ Op-Docs, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV and Hyphen magazine, and currently freelances as a film and television producer (One October, Third Act, NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, UFC Primetime) and story consultant.

Liang is a member of Film Fatales and A-DOC and sits on the executive board of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. The New York Times has called her debut feature 9-Man “an absorbing documentary,” and The Los Angeles Times included it on a list of the best Asian American films of the past 20 years. 9-Man, which aired on WORLD Channel’s series America ReFramed, won numerous festival awards, including two grand jury prizes and two audience awards.

Her latest film, Down a Dark Stairwell, had its premiere at True/False Film Fest and has been called “a vital picture of a tumultuous time” and “the most essential Asian-American documentary in decades.” Down a Dark Stairwell, which aired on Independent Lens in 2021, qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards and will be distributed by Kino Lorber.


Down A Dark Stairwell

Two Strikes

Program Affiliation

Documentary Lab

FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship

Cohort Year

2017-2019 (Documentary Lab)

2021 (FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship)





Documentary Lab
FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship

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