Yalan Hu hails from Wuhan, China, the birthplace of Xinhai Revolution that overthrew China's last imperial dynasty. The only child of a traditional intellectual family, she fulfilled the family’s expectation of being an A student through her school years, while finding escape from the crushing sameness of western culture through the films of Bernardo Bertolucci and Lars Van Trier. Inspired to become a rule-breaking filmmaker, she first worked as a TV director/screenwriter in China for 6 years. In tackling social injustice and human hardship, she found her unique style of poignant humor to represent her view of society. She is now an MFA student in Film Production at Florida State University, dedicating herself to learning the rules of filmmaking so that she might break them more fully and artistically.