Q&A with filmmaker Hao Wu – “People’s Republic of Desire”
Day 3: 27 June 2021
Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 12:30 – 14:00
Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 10:30 – 12:00
London, BST (UTC +1) | 03:30 – 05:00
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | (26 June) 22:30 – 00:00
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | (26 June) 19:30 – 21:00
Host/Moderator: David Craig | USC Annenberg
Guest: Hao Wu | Filmmaker
People’s Republic of Desire
All in my family
About Hao Wu
Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Hao Wu traveled to the Internet world before focusing on filmmaking. He held various management positions at technology companies including Excite@Home, Yahoo China and Alibaba. From 2008-2011, he was the China Country Manager for TripAdvisor, the largest travel website in the world.
Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His first feature documentary, The Road to Fame, co-produced with BBC, VPRO, CNEX and DR, broadcasted in over ten countries after an extended festival run. He also produced Nowhere to Call Home, which The New York Times called “Inspiring Dialogue, Not Dissent, in China.” His next feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW, among many other awards. It screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and broadcasted nationally on PBS Independent Lens. The New York Times called the film “hypercharged,” while The Los Angeles Times said it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” Wu followed that film with All in My Family, a Netflix Original Documentary Short, that launched globally in May 2019.
76 Days, Wu’s latest work and the first feature documentary on the COVID-19 pandemic to play at a film festival, world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020. Distributed by MTV Documentary Films in North America, it was named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times.
Born and raised in China, Wu holds an M.Sc. degree from Brandeis University and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. From 2008-2011, he was a fellow at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek and China Daily. He is a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.