Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Elenie Chung

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Elenie Chung is a filmmaker and artist, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, and currently based in Los Angeles. She is interested in using female relationships as a method of illustrating cultural disconnection and ancestral amnesia. Her films have screened in international festivals and art exhibitions.

Since attending UCLA to achieve an M.F.A. in film directing and production, she has been working at Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist media arts organization based in New York City, and has been contributing to film organizations in Los Angeles to amplify under-recognized films by women, and international and non-white filmmakers.

While at MacDowell she edited All the Films in My Grandfather’s Closet, a hybrid docu-fiction, telling the tale of Chung’s grandfather, a Chinese Trinidadian whose life had been defined by an early marriage, resistance to cultural customs, and the changing times in Trinidad and Tobago from the 1930s to 2020s.



Elenie Chung worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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