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Meet Chuang Xu of Mrs. Skeleton Productions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chuang Xu.

Chuang Xu is a multi-disciplinary film director and producer based in New York. After receiving his MFA degree in School of Visual Arts, Chuang founded the film production company “Mrs. Skeleton Productions.” with another award-winning filmmaker Ziyu Tang.

Mrs. Skeleton is a company specialized in non-fiction storytelling by using the form of film, video, animation, and internet interactivity. They devoted to building a platform for business cooperation and cultural exchange between China and Northern America.

Chuang’s career started in 2013, he focused on exploring the motivations of human behaviors through cinematic and compelling imagery. Since 2016, he has been working on his new documentary feature “Twinkle Dammit!” which features the celebrated pianist Margaret Leng Tan and composer George Crumb. Twinkle Dammit is in the film festival circuit, it’s going to meet the audience within this year.

Has it been a smooth road?
As a filmmaker in today’s industry, you need to wear multiple hats at different times. my work is incredibly diverse. I dabble in documentary film, fashion branding video, NGO video and more, have contributed to aspects of Branes Foundation, Venice Biennale, and Kennedy Center.

Most freelance artists struggle with finding a balance of creativity and commerciality within their work. However, it’s an exciting challenge to face as a creative between balancing the business and creative side of working for myself. The struggle provides me with ongoing opportunities to grow as a multi-disciplinary professional. For me, creativity not at all means doing anything extravagant or out of the world. It is essential to think things in similar ways as others do but express or translate it in a way others haven’t. On the other hand, it is my responsibility to choose the proper commercial projects and help the customer telling their brand story in an exclusively intimate way. That’s a business secret how Mrs. Skeleton can stand out from other video suppliers.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mrs. Skeleton Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I would like to introduce my up-coming new film Twinkle Dammit! It is a feature-length documentary film about the world’s first and greatest toy piano virtuoso: Margaret Leng Tan. In 1971, Margaret Leng Tan was the first woman to earn a Doctorate from the Juilliard School. Since then, her five-decade career has positioned the musician as a figurehead of avant-garde music, owing in part to her unique incorporation of the toy piano in her performances. A close associate of the late John Cage, we meet Leng Tan at the age of 71 as she embarks on an iconic collaboration with George Crumb, one of the last remaining avant-garde composers of his era. “Twinkle Dammit!” gives access to the rarely-seen creative process between two musical geniuses, and peels back the public layers of this extraordinary artist to explore the private obsessions that have lead to a life committed to art.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve been traveled to LA in so many times, and I loved this city. My secret personal spot is Vista Theatre, I think it is the best theater ever. Nowadays, people don’t make movie theaters like this anymore. It is located in a very classic location for films, and I personally love the great old-time atmosphere. It always easily takes me back to old memories when I started to fall in love with films! Every time I go to LA, I would check it out after all the business affairs to see which old film is on screen in Vista.

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Ziyu Tang

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