Tiana Lucerne Cheung

Film Writer/Director & UC Berkeley Student

Berkeley, California, United States

Tiana Lucerne Cheung is a 20-year old, queer Chinese-American film director/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently a 2nd-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Film and Human Rights. This past summer, she worked at FilmNation Entertainment (company that produced Arrival, The King's Speech, The Imitation Game) in West Hollywood as a Production & Acquisitions Intern. Seven years ago, Tiana began uploading videos to her YouTube channel, including an award-winning short film about women empowerment in corporate offices titled "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" (which screened at the AMC Aventura 24 theater). Her video series about school/education, in particular, served as guidance for other students around the world who lacked resources. Her YouTube has since captivated 7,000+ subscribers and 660,000+ total channel views from 84 countries. Tiana strives to amplify underrepresented voices. More specifically, she plans to make feature films that capture realism and humanize the Asian-American experience, rather than stuffing characters into tropes. She's worked as a 1st AC/Gaffer/Script Supervisor/PA/etc. on over 20 professional sets, ranging from a Student Oscar-winning DP to NCIS:LA directors to the star actor from "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." She worked as a part-time Shop Technician at DTC Grip & Electric, the Bay Area lighting company that equipped "13 Reasons Why" and "Sorry to Bother You." Currently, two short films she assisted on this year will be premiering at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, respectively.