Mila Zuo is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media at UCLA in 2015. Her research interests include transnational Chinese and Asian/American cinemas, film philosophy, acting and performance, star studies, feminist theory, and critical race and ethnicity studies. Her current book project, Sensing Beauty/Acting Chinese examines the affective world-making of contemporary Chinese and Chinese/American women stars; her research appears in Journal of Chinese Cinemas; Celebrity Studies journal; Dangdai Dianying; Exploiting East Asian Cinemas: Genre, Circulation, Reception; and in the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema.
As a film- and video-maker, Zuo has written, directed, and produced short narrative films, documentaries, and music videos. Zuo’s short narrative film, Carnal Orient (2016) premiered at Slamdance International Film Festival and was an official selection at a dozen international film festivals, screening domestically and internationally in locations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Portland, London, Singapore, Nagoya, and the Czech Republic. Carnal Orient earned Special Mention Experimental Film at the 2016 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, and Zuo’s creative work has been covered in publications including Bust, Paper magazine, KoreAm journal, and Hollywomen. Zuo is currently in pre-production on her second narrative short, Kindred.