Maya Yu Zhang
Collaborative Fellow 2016 - 2017
Maya Yu Zhang was born and raised in an agricultural province called Henan in central China. She came to the U.S five years ago to attend Bryn Mawr College and recently graduated as an independent major in Film and Media studies. From 2012 – 2014 Maya worked for the Beijing Independent Film Festival which supports indie film productions that refuse to go through the state sanctioned censorship system. This experience inspired and encouraged her to pursue filmmaking. Under the guidance of Vicky Funari, John Muse and Homany King Maya produced her thesis film My Sister Swallowed the Zoo in 2015 which won honors and has been shown at various places including Black Maria Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive and Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia etc. She co-runs a film collective called “Gama no abura” with her friends in Philly.