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Miao Wang is a New York-based print and web designer and an award-winning filmmaker. Born in Beijing, China just after the Cultural Revolution, Miao Wang grew up with the last remnants of premodernized Communist China. She immigrated to the United States in 1990.
After earning a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1999, Miao moved to New York City, where she began to explore her passions in photography, design, and film. Her multidisciplinary pursuits have led her to organize large-scale art happenings; publish an art book, OVERKILL, with Booth-Clibborn Editions (distributed by Harry N. Abrams in the U.S.) and work on award-winning designs with acclaimed graphic designer and art director Stefan Sagmeister. Her designs have received a Certificate of Design Excellence in Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual 2004. A Copy Magazine spread she worked on at Sagmeister Inc. was nominated for the prestigious D&AD Design Awards 2004. Miao was also nominated in 2004's Print Magazine New Visual Artists Review.
She earned an M.F.A. in design and film from the Parsons School of Design in 2005, where she began working on her first documentary film, YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN. The film has screened at close to 20 film festivals and venues worldwide, received a Best Short Film Award at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and premiered on PBS in New York in August 2007. It is currently distributed by Filmaker's Library.
Miao has edited for programs that aired on National Geographic TV and video projects for the architect Steven Holl. She worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, the studio of the legendary direct-cinema documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
Currently Miao continues to work as a freelance designer on print and web design projects in her own studio. Her signature design style embodies a simple but sophisticated elegance that is clean and easy to navigate. She also runs her own production studio, Three Waters Productions, where she recently completed BEIJING TAXI, her first feature-length documentary. BEIJING TAXI captures poetic and intimate stories of three taxi drivers over two years in Beijing as they reveal the sociopolitical issues in a hastily changing society preparing for the Olympic Games of 2008. BEIJING TAXI world premiered and was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at SXSW 2010, took Best Feature Documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival 2010 and Best Director at Duke City Docfest 2010. It screened at over 30 international film festivals, had a theatrical release in 2010, and broadcast nation-wide on PBS in 2011. BEIJING TAXI received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund in 2007, Jerome Foundation in 2008, and NYSCA in 2009. It participated in the IFP Film Week 2007, Tribeca All Access 2008, and IFP Filmmaker's Lab 2009.