Ann Hu

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The life of writer-director-producer Ann Hu could easily be the subject of a feature film. Born and raised in China to parents who were academics, she found her life uprooted in the mid-1960s when Mao Tse-tung ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1955 in China

Filmography

Director (3)

Beauty Remains 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Shadow Magic 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Dream and Memory 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Beauty Remains 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shadow Magic 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dream and Memory 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Dream and Memory 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

The life of writer-director-producer Ann Hu could easily be the subject of a feature film. Born and raised in China to parents who were academics, she found her life uprooted in the mid-1960s when Mao Tse-tung instituted what has come to be known as "The Cultural Revolution". Separated from her parents (who were sent to labor camps), Hu spent some ten years working at a dingy restaurant just outside Beijing barely earning enough to support herself and her younger brother. When the government relaxed some of its constrictions, she taught herself English and began earning extra money as a translator. In 1979, she passed China's first college entrance exams and was allowed to travel to the USA to attend NYU. Earning a business degree in 1985, she began a career as a successful commodities trader, working first for an Australian conglomerate and then forming an investment company with her husband. Still, something was lacking in her life, despite the trappings of wealth.

Relationships

Charles Xue

Husband
born c. 1953

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1985

New York University

New York , New York
enrolled in 1992; attended for two months

Milestones

2000

Co-wrote, produced and directed the feature film "Shadow Magic" (filmed in 1998)

1993

Produced, wrote and directed the 85-minute film "Dream and Memory"; shot film in NYC and China

1992

Enrolled in NYU's film school

1990

Withdrew from business career and spent 18 months traveling

1985

Obtained MBA from New York University

1979

At age 24, allowed to leave China to study in the USA

Taught herself English and worked as a translator; had many translations of fiction published in China

With husband formed C & A Investments

During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1971), was separated from parents who were sent to labor camp; worked in a restaurant outside of Beijing to support herself and her younger brother

Raised in China

Was an executive at Elders, an Australian business conglomerate

Involuntarily inducted into the Red Guards as a teenager

Worked on Wall Street as a commodities trader

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