Ma Liang's Time Machine

Explore time and memory through a complicated relationship between two Chinese artists, between a father and a son.

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S. Leo Chiang

S. Leo CHIANG (Producer) is a documentarian based in Taipei & San Francisco. His Emmy-nominated film, A Village Called Versailles, picked up eight film festival awards and aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series. Out Run, his recently completed film, received support from ITVS, Sundance, and Tribeca. His other films include Mr. Cao Goes To Washington Show more (Inspiration Award, Full Frame 2012) and To You Sweetheart, Aloha (PBS broadcast 2006). Leo received his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is currently the co-chair of New Day Films, a 45-year-old co-op of social-issue documentarians. He is also a consulting producer for CNEX, the Chinese documentary foundation. Show less


Yang Sun

Yang SUN (Director/Cinematographer) is a documentary filmmaker based in Beijing, China. He is on staff at China's Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio, making documentaries for broadcasters including CCTV, Youku and the Travel Channel. He has directed mid-length documentaries, including The Second Album, Aken, and After He Rose To Fame. He Show more worked as a director of photography on A Century With Nanjing, Century Master, and South of the Ocean. Yang holds a Masters degree from the School of Television and Film Art at the Communication University of China. Ma Liang’s Time Machine will be his first feature-length documentary. Show less

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The Film

Ma Liang’s Time Machine explores time and memory through a complicated relationship between two Chinese artists, between a father and a son. 43-year-old Ma Liang (a.k.a. Maleonn) is one of China’s most influential conceptual artists, known for his dramatic and surreal style. Disillusioned with commercial work, Ma Liang searches for more meaning in his projects and personal life. When his father, Ma Ke, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it turns Ma Liang’s world upside down. Sensing that time is running out, he pours all his emotions into an ambitious new theater project, and encourages his father, an eminent Chinese Opera director, to collaborate. Ma Liang hopes this project in Ma Ke’s creative medium will bring the two closer together, likely their last chance to do so.