On PBS’ Unfiltered Blog, Director Ben Wang writes candidly about meeting Eddy, the challenges of the filmmaking process, and the world premiere screening at San Quentin State Prison.
BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY (2016 CAAMFest Documentary Feature Audience Award) will have its television premiere on May 23 8/7pm Central on the World Channel–please make sure to check local listings as times will vary by region/provider. It will also be streaming for free on the PBS website and app starting May 24!
We are proud to show BREATHIN’ at the Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival !
We are thrilled to share that Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story will have its public television premiere on May 23 (World Channel)! The film will also be available to stream on the PBS website and app for free. There is new (brief) footage included in this version, too. Much love and thanks to everyone who has helped make the film possible over the past 7 years!
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.
Next up, we have screenings in Oakland, Charlotte, Austin, San Diego, Atlanta, and Philadelphia! Please help us spread the word!
- October 28th, 5:00PM, Oakland, Eastside Arts Alliance
- November 2nd, 5:00PM, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
- November 5th, 6:30pm, Austin Asian American Film Festival
- November 5th, 8:35pm, San Diego Asian Film Festival
- November 12th, 1:45PM, Facing Race Conference in Atlanta
- November 19th, 4:30pm, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Thanks for all your love, encouragement, and support!
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.
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!
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