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Xueni is a writer, director. She was born in China and raised in the U.S. by host families with various cultural backgrounds. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she explored art forms such as animation, literature, theater, and dance. Later, she went to Prague to pursue her M.F.A. in film directing at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). 


Under the influence of renowned mentors like Bela Tarr (The Turin Horse) and Heather Winters (PGA, AMPAS), her films aim to an international audience, focusing on the sensitive emotions and raw quality of daily life. 


She is currently working on her thesis short film Fir, an allegorical story about identity. She is also writing a feature film “The Story of a Floating Man” (working title) — a fantasy of a young man who floats up out of his control — to reflect her personal experience with depression. 

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2022, Red Balloon, 35mm short film. Position: writer, director, editor. Currently in post-production.

June 2021, Hush, dance short film. Position: writer, director, producer.

January 2020, "Mother", Sci-fi short film. Position: writer, director.

June 2019, Fishbowl, 16mm short film. Position: writer, director.

Other Works

November 2017, You for Me for You, theater, 90 min. Position: video/animation.
Theater performance of two North Korean sisters who defect and must navigate the Land of the Free and their own personal beliefs. Including video projections, the stage performance is the major production of the theater program at Sarah Lawrence College, NY.

August 2017, Shape or Shaped (形·态), theater, 90 min. Position: assistant director.
A physical theater piece performed in Beijing, China. It aims to provoke a critical discussion of profound social norms and question the standardized values of society.

2015-2016, To the Capital of Gold (通向金都), novel, 373 pages. Position: writer.
A group of teenagers have to discover and face their painful past while they fight to become the guardians of their nation, continue their parents’ mission, and protect the country. Published in March 2016, China.