An awkward family reunion at a business dinner/karaoke leads a Chinese mother to realize the consequences of leaving her daughter in the care of an American homestay family.

Johnson Cheng’s films have screened at Tribeca, AFI FEST, Palm Springs, Aspen, Atlanta, and Toronto. A member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Johnson directed an episode of the first season of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE (Disney+), and shadowed director Destin Daniel Cretton on the pilot. Johnson’s latest short film, ONLY THE MOON STANDS STILL, executive produced by Lena Waithe, premiered at Tribeca and screened at AFI FEST (Audience Award). His previous short film, LONELY BLUE NIGHT, premiered at AFI FEST (Audience Award), and was acquired by HBO. Johnson’s first short film, IRON HANDS, premiered at Tribeca and screened at Toronto. Johnson is a recipient of the HBO APA Visionaries Award, the Princess Grace Award, and fellowships such as Film Independent’s Project Involve and Film at Lincoln Center’s NYFF Artist Academy. He graduated with an M.F.A. in Film Directing/Screenwriting from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. Johnson is repped by WME.


2022 NBR Student Grant


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Columbia University


Apoorva Charan, Steve Y. Kim


Johnson Cheng


Carlo Canlas Mendoza, LPS