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Updates and announcements Oct 2016

Over the past 7 months, we have had almost 30 screenings of Breathin’—at film festivals, museums, conferences, Universities, and at San Quentin. We are so grateful to all of our hosts, partners, and collaborators. The tremendous response motivates us to continue sharing Eddy’s story with a nationwide audience.


Eddy at Boston Asian American Film Festival. Photo credit: Can Truong

Eddy at Boston Asian American Film Festival. Photo credit: Can Truong

Next up, we have screenings in Oakland, Charlotte, Austin, San Diego, Atlanta, and Philadelphia! Please help us spread the word!

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Bambu x Chops x Breathin’

New song by Bambu x Chops for BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY!

(Featured in credits sequence of the documentary)

All footage in this video are deleted scenes from the documentary. A couple notes on footage to share:

(0:19): Eddy kept almost every letter he received while incarcerated. During one film shoot, he showed us these treasured items–pulling out boxes upon boxes from his closet. The letters (and the community support they represent) made a huge impact on Eddy’s survival, social/political development, and ultimate freedom.

(0:36): Eddy visits the resting place for his Grandparents. Eddy lived with his grandparents when he first came to the U.S., but was not able to have a relationship with them after he went to prison. In this scene, Eddy is able to pay his respects to them (making an exquisite flower bouquet), and reflect on his family’s secret of his incarceration.

BREATHIN’ Premiere!

A HUGE THANKS to all our supporters at the WORLD PREMIERE of Breathin’ at CAAMFest! We not only had three shows–at the Alamo Drafthouse in SF and The New Parkway in Oakland–but we sold out all three screenings! It was very special to premiere the film with friends and family, supporters and donors, and the vibrant community that has lifted up Eddy’s story and this documentary film project for over five years. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support!

It was a huge honor to win the AUDIENCE AWARD for Documentary Feature. Thank you to everyone who came to the screenings and voted!CAAMFest2016_AudienceAward resize

Breathin’ was also awarded the Honorable Mention in the Documentary Competition by the CAAMFest Jury.

“We are compelled to give an Honorable Mention award to Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story, directed by Ben Wang, for its celebration of Eddy Zheng’s resilience, strength, and transformation while exposing deep flaws in our criminal justice and immigration systems. An honest portrait of a man struggling to reconcile his past criminal actions with the role model and community activist he has become, the film deftly interweaves the story of Eddy’s journey from prison with humor and pathos making it evident that his is a story that needs to be shared.” – CAAM Documentary Competition Jury


Outside the Alamo Drafthouse right before the premiere

Post-screening Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse

Post-screening Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse

The filmmaking crew!

The filmmaking crew!

Eddy and Ben with colleagues/friends after The New Parkway screening in Oakland

Eddy and Ben with colleagues/friends after The New Parkway screening in Oakland

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