Parachute Kids

S. Leo Chiang is an independent documentarian whose work highlights the richness of the Asian Pacific American experience and intimate personal stories of triumph over tragedy and hardship.

Artist Bio

At 15, Chiang was sent with his two younger siblings to live in the US while his parents stayed behind in Taiwan, and all of them have been coping with the repercussions of this separation ever since. Parachute Kids is a first-person essay film exploring the family’s bittersweet American dream.

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S. Leo Chiang

San Francisco, CA | Taipei, Taiwan

S. Leo Chiang is an independent documentarian known for his Emmy-nominated film, A Village Called Versailles, about the rebuilding and transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans. A Village Called Versailles aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series, and was acquired by more than 200 libraries. His most recent documentary, Out Run, which profiles the only LGBT political party in the world, premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. His other films include Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, which received the Full Frame Inspiration Award, and To You Sweetheart, Aloha. He is currently completing Ma Liang’s Time Machine. Besides his directing work, Chiang is a producer on Eye, Camera, If She Leaves, and A Second Child. Chiang co-founded A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network in 2016, and became a member in the documentary branch of the Academy in 2017.