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Tze (pronounced "Z") Chun is a filmmaker working out of New York City and Los Angeles. He was born in Chicago and raised outside of Boston, and received his bachelor's degree in film studies at Columbia University. His feature film debut CHILDREN OF INVENTION, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has won 15 film festival awards.

Tze's short film WINDOWBREAKER, made for $600, was selected to play at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, as well as over thirty other high-profile international festivals. It won the audience award at the 2006 New York City Short Film Festival and best short film at the 2007 Vietnamese International Film Festival. That same year, Tze was selected to participate in Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Program with his feature ARTIFICIAL DISSEMINATION and IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market with his feature YOU'RE A BIG GIRL NOW. In the summer of 2007, Tze was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film."

Along with his writing partner Mike Weiss, Tze served as a staff writer on Darren Star's ABC's Primetime Drama "Cashmere Mafia," created by Kevin Wade and starring Lucy Liu. The pair were hired for the show off their original pilot, "Getting in Good," a tongue-in-cheek drama set in the uber-competitive world of Manhattan private school admissions.

Tze is currently working on multiple writing and directing projects. His sci-fi short film SILVER SLING will premiere in March 2010 as part of FUTURESTATES, a new online series being launched by ITVS. His feature script YOU'RE A BIG GIRL NOW is based on the true life story of his mother, an orphan who was sold to Singaporean brothel and narrowly escaped a life of forced prostitution. Based on two years of research and interviews, Tze is reteaming with CHILDREN OF INVENTION producer Mynette Louie to develop the film. The project was recently selected for the 2009 Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship.

 

 

 


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