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Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Xing.

Christina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
So I was basically the only Asian girl in my high school back in Birmingham, Alabama and I often found myself feeling kind of left out. I wasn’t white, I wasn’t great at sports. I didn’t understand football. At all. And I was HORRIBLE at math. I fit neither of the stereotypes, I was too American to be Chinese, and too damn Chinese to be American.

So I kinda just found myself spending most of my time reading or watching films. That’s the thing that movies were for me. A 9 dollar portal out of the struggles of the real world, and a chance to live any kind of life time, anytime, anywhere. Movies always accept you, no matter what your age, weight, race, gender, sexual orientation and etc. They’ll always be there.

I started taking film really serious when I was 15. Growing up in the south got harder, as I became more and more aware and proud of my ethnicity. Then I started noticing all my favorite directors were white men, and I started realizing that I couldn’t count on my hands any films starring small town Asian-American girls like me. I think that was when I really realized I had something to say to the world. I had a story to tell. For so long, I was ashamed of my culture and afraid to really connect to my roots in fears that I’d seem like a ‘foreigner’ and I don’t want any more little Asian girls to feel that way. Representation truly does matter.

I’ve always believed an unspoken agreement artists have with the world is that no matter what, they wanna leave the world a little better than when they came in it with their art. And that’s kind of become my goal and my passion in story telling now.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
“Now that my barn has burned down, I can finally see the moon.”
Is a major theme in all my films. I’m a big fan of things that are bittersweet because I feel like the best experiences I’ve gone through my short 19 years of life have been bittersweet.

Most recently the most honest and vulnerable thing I’ve made is a 40 minute French New Wave LGBT musical I produced and directed:
‘How the Moon Fell from the Sky and No One Even Noticed’ is a PG-13 musical drama. When best friends Benji (Peter Carroll) and Ruben (Nick Trivisonno) decide to make a film in their free time, they don’t realize they’re signing up for the end of the world as they know it. But when a love triangle develops on set and the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur, the boys must reckon with their developing feelings for each other.

I’ve always been a big fan of the French New Wave, and the idea of breaking expectations set upon you and your medium. All my life people expected me to act a certain way due to my ethnicity or gender and it’s liberating to break all those rules now in my films and in my life.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My biggest advice is: If you wanna make movies… Then start making movies. If you wanna be a director, then start directing. Film is not a choice. You do it because you have to. It’s about no choice. It’s not about talents, it’s about no choice but to do it because you have something to say to the world that no one else can say.

There’s no excuse in the age of the iPhone to not be making films if you wanna be a filmmaker. If you wanna give it up because you don’t have the ‘money’, the ‘gear’ or the ‘resources’ then you weren’t a real filmmaker to begin with.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me on Instagram @christinaxing
Or on my
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AlmostChristina
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/almostchristina
Website: https://www.christinaxing.co/

You can watch my work on any of those links, and ‘How the Moon Fell from the Sky and No One Even Noticed’ will be coming to film festivals this Fall.

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Image Credit:
Movie Poster by Fernando Monroy (@fmonroyr) on insta
Stills photographed by Shane Bagwell (@shanebagwelldp) from How the Moon Fell From the Sky and No One Even Noticed

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