Florence from Ohio
A first-generation Chinese American from Youngstown, OH, Stephanie Wang-Breal uses film as a tool to subvert the narrative.Artist Bio
Florence from Ohio is a real-life, genre-twisting film about an immigrant Chinese woman, Florence Wang, and her first-generation daughter, Stephanie Wang-Breal. Told through the lens of Florence’s St. John Knitwear suits, mother and daughter collectively reimagine and embrace their generational ideas of motherhood, feminism, racism, and assimilation.
A first-generation Chinese American from Youngstown, OH, Stephanie Wang-Breal uses film as a tool to subvert the narrative. She has directed three feature length films: the award-winning Wo Ai Ni Mommy, Tough Love, and the award-winning Blowin’ Up. She has also directed commercials and short form content with talents and brands such as Tan Dun, Planned Parenthood, Minwax, ESPN, Tiffany & Co, Verifone, and Apple. Wang-Breal’s independent work has been supported and recognized by the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Wang-Breal was awarded a 2019 Chicken and Egg Award, and she is the mother of two children.
Photo: James Fideler