Private Project

Changing Faces

When a Bian Lian performer agrees to a private show, she plunges into a surreal world of uncertainty and confusion, where nothing is quite what it seems.

  • Jane Qian
  • Daniel Chen
  • Jera Wang
    Only The Moon Stands Still (2021)
  • Shirley Chen
    Key Cast
    Krista (2018), Beast Beast (2020), Only The Moon Stands Still (2021)
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  • Genres:
    psychological thriller, suspense, thriller, drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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Director Biography - Jane Qian

Born in Shanghai and raised in the San Gabriel Valley by overworked parents who don't speak English, Jane was a latchkey kid who spent too much time absorbed in horror films and TV shows she wasn't supposed to watch. This sparked her interest in the power of storytelling at a very young age.

Jane's curiosity and deep fascination with human psychology drew her to topics of hope, audacity, and resilience with a focus and passion for showcasing people and narratives that are often overlooked. Her poetic style and visual language inspired by elements of surrealism invite viewers to see through a different lens, cinematically unfolding through intimate emotions and evocative movement.

As a commercial director, her work has been showcased on CBS, SHOTS New Directors to Watch, BuzzFeed, Nowness, Booooooom, Vimeo Staff Picks, and she has received five Clio Sports awards for her Chevrolet Goalkeepers Campaign. She was awarded the AICP+DGA's Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) Fellowship, was featured in the SHOOT New Directors Showcase, won a 1.4 Award for her US Paralympics spot featuring Paralympian Colleen Young, and was a The Once Club Young Guns 18 Finalist.

Jane has worked with world-renowned brands such as Nike, Google, Toyota, and Disney, to name a few, and is signed to AdAge A-List Production Company of the Year and partner of Tribeca Studios, M SS NG P ECES.

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Director Statement

Changing Faces is a dark and intimate portrait of the Asian-American experience of being marginalized and "othered" in both American and Asian cultures. The film challenges the prevalence of empty promises, fake allies, performative activism, and the different masks one is forced to wear as a result.