Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Hao Wu (吴皓, Wu Hao, born 1972) traveled to the Internet world before focusing on filmmaking.
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He held various management positions at technology companies including Excite@Home, Yahoo China and Alibaba. From 2008-2011, he was the China Country Manager for TripAdvisor, the largest travel website in the world.
Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His first feature documentary, The Road to Fame, co-produced with BBC, VPRO, CNEX and DR, has broadcasted in over ten countries.
The film won the Grand Jury Award and Best Editing Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
He also produced Nowhere to Call Home, which The New York Times calls “Inspiring Dialogue, Not Dissent, in China.” His latest feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW, among many other awards.
It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide. The New York Times calls the film “hypercharged,” while The Los Angeles Times says it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” His latest short, All about My Family, is a Netflix Original Documentary and will launch globally in May 2019.
From 2013-2018, Wu was a fellow at New America, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. His writing on China has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek and China Daily.
Hao Wu filmography