Directed by Johnson Cheng
BEAST is a short documentary film exploring how street dance brought together a group of suburban Asian and Latino youths from Carson, California. Through dance, they found both brotherhood and liberation from their circumstances.
Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American writer/director hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. After receiving his B.A. in International Relations, he joined Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program. His films have screened at international film festivals such as Tribeca, TIFF Kids, Reykjavík, Cinequest, Nashville, Florida, and Palm Springs. Johnson is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Director: Johnson Cheng
Writer: Johnson Cheng
Director of Photography: Elijah Guess
Editor: Johnson Cheng
Colorist: Elijah Guess, Donggyun Han
Sound Recordist: Steven Liang
Sound Editor: William Hsieh
Stills Photographer: Jabari McDonald
Shorts Programs / 34 minsVisual Communications is proud to guide the next generation of storytellers in visualizing their amazing stories through the Armed with a Camera Fellowship. Watch these films that range from a documentary about children born to Korean immigrant liquor store owners, to a narrative on growing up a Sikh child in America. - Milton Liu