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Miao Wang is a New York-based award-winning filmmaker and print and web designer. Born in Beijing, China just after the Cultural Revolution, Miao Wang grew up with the last remnants of premodernized Communist China. She immigrated to the United States in 1990.
After earning a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1999, Miao moved to New York City, where she began to explore her passions in photography, design, and film. Her multidisciplinary pursuits have led her to organize large-scale art happenings; publish an art book, OVERKILL, with Booth-Clibborn Editions (distributed by Harry N. Abrams in the U.S.) and work on award-winning designs with acclaimed graphic designer and art director Stefan Sagmeister. Her designs have received a Certificate of Design Excellence in Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual 2004. A Copy Magazine spread she worked on at Sagmeister Inc. was nominated for the prestigious D&AD Design Awards 2004. Miao was also nominated in 2004's Print Magazine New Visual Artists Review. Her signature design style embodies a simple but sophisticated elegance that is clean and easy to navigate.
She earned an M.F.A. in design and film from the Parsons School of Design in 2005, where she began working in nonfiction filmmaking. She got her start as an assistant at Maysles Films, the studio of the legendary direct-cinema documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
Miao runs her own production studio, Three Waters Films. She is the award-winning filmmaker behind the critically-acclaimed documentary films BEIJING TAXI (first feature) and YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN which have screened at over 70 international festivals and institutions such as SXSW and the Guggenheim Museum, with US theatrical release, and broadcast nationwide. Miao just world premiered her sophomore feature-doc MAINELAND at SXSW 2017 to sold out screenings, and took home a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Observational Cinema. MAINELAND is part two of her trilogy looking at China's rise. BEIJING TAXI is digitally distributed by Sundance Artist Services. She directed MADE BY CHINA IN AMERICA, a short documentary in Morgan Spurlock's acclaimed WE THE ECONOMY series. Wang is a recipient of grants and fellowship from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access, IFP Filmmaker's Lab, Independent Film Week, Women Make Movies, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.