Writer/director and cinematographer Miaoyan Zhang was born in Manchuria, and growing up during the Cultural Revolution, had little opportunity to see movies, something which changed when he completed a Masters of Fine Art at UC Berkley. Zhang is writer/director/cinematographer on three feature films, all of which have been selected for multiple international festivals, receiving numerous awards. His debut feature Xiaolin Xiaoli (2007) premiered in the Busan International Film Festival and second feature Black Blood (2011) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam where it won the NETPAC Award. A Corner of Heaven premiered in Busan and was invited to Vancouver, Rotterdam, Goteborg, Geneva, among others. He is currently in pre-production on his fourth feature, Silent Mist.