Waley Wang is a Chinese-American director hailing from Brooklyn, NY and Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
He loves to tell stories and feelings through stylized, fantastical, and poppy aesthetics with a heart, as well as a fascination with dark drama, absurd comedy, high concept genres, youthful dreamscapes, and all things metaphysical & ethereal. His work either taps into his comedic & fun-loving side, or his darker & melancholic side, or a mix of both.
His past & current collaborators include Phoebe Bridgers, Iberia Airlines, Dilly Gent who was creative director for Radiohead for 17 years, Sony Music Entertainment & Sony Masterworks, Taiwanese artist Crowd Lu, Korean artist The Black Skirts, and LA-based artist Ark Patrol. His work in music videos & fashion has spanned press from Europe to East Asia including NOWNESS, Booooooom, Director's Notes, Pitchfork, Hypebeast, and Nakid Mag, screened twice at the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, at the Berlin Commercial Festival, won for best cinematography at LA Fashion Fest, and is screening at CAAMFest, the nation's biggest Asian American film festival. His 2022 Short/Album Film Teen Troubles in Dirty Jersey recreated the artist's happiest teen memories of a carefree Summer with his closest friends in 1999 in both a celebration of his nostalgia while searching for why the memories remained so melancholic for him 20 years later.
He likes reading Chinese-American literature, bowling, cats, and searching for the ever-elusive dreams, uncultivated experiences, and uncaptured humanity of his generation of Asian Americans, Millennials, and Gen Z’s.
Before directing, he studied cinema studies and film production at New York University. His thesis focused on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Sculpting in Time as a lens to compare how Béla Tarr, Akira Kurosawa, Alejandro González Iñarritu, and Federico Fellini approached their separate adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to illustrate how an artist can develop personalized languages through tools such as surrealism, locality, and race to express themselves.