Ma Liang's Time Machine

To express his profound admiration for his aging father, influential Chinese artist Ma Liang sets out to invent a time machine before his father’s memories are lost forever.

When influential Chinese artist Ma Liang realizes that his father Ma Ke, an accomplished Peking Opera director, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he invites his father to collaborate on his most ambitious film to date–a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets called “Papa’s Time Machine.” Through the creation of this play, Ma Liang and Ma Ke confront the challenges of aging and repercussions from the Cultural Revolution. They struggle to close the gap in their distant relationship before time runs out and memories are lost forever.


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About the Filmmakers


Sun Yang
Sun Yang

Yang Sun (Director/Cinematographer) is a Beijing-based documentary director and cameraman. He is on staff at China's Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio, making documentaries for broadcasters including CCTV, Youku and the Travel Channel. He has directed several short and mid-length documentaries, including THE SECOND ALBUM, AKEN, AFTER HE ROSE TO FAME, as well as the ten-part series TAKE ME TO TRAVEL. He worked as a director of photography on A CENTURY WITH NANJING, CENTURY MASTER, and SOUTH OF THE OCEAN. Yang Sun holds a Masters degree from the School of Television and Film Art at the Communication University of China.


S. Leo Chiang
S. Leo Chiang

S. Leo Chiang (Producer) is based in San Francisco & Taipei. His Emmy-nominated film, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, picked up eight film festival awards and aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series. OUT RUN, his recently completed film, received support from ITVS, Sundance, & Tribeca and will have its European premiere at this year’s Sheffield Doc Fest. His other films include MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON (Inspiration Award, Full Frame 2012) and TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA. Leo received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. He is also a consulting producer for CNEX, the Chinese documentary foundation.