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Country of Origin: United Sates

Runtime: 11 minutes

Genres: Drama

Director: Yuchi Tian

Writer: Yuchi Tian

Producer: Zhen Ma

List of cast:

Rachael Jane

Trevor Champion Rogers

THE WASTELAND

Written and directed by Yuchi Tian

ADA, a loving mother and devoted wife, was cheated on by her rich and powerful  husband. He took full custody of the children after the divorce. SAM is an introverted single man who is tired of getting bullied by life. He falls in love with his neighbor Ada, but their lives take another turn for the worst as tragedy hits their work lives as well. In a desperate attempt to end their pain, they drive up to the Wasteland to to end their life. When they arrive ADA realizes that she cannot go through with it, she does have something to live for after all. SAM, however, is unshaken, he means to end his life. After a long talk, they share their deepest secrets and truths with each other so that they can each find peace with their choices.

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Director Biography

Yuchi Tian

Yuchi Tian’s passion for the performing arts started early, when she began writing stories for the stage and screen while still in high school. Her love for theater led her to a course of study at the prestigious Shandong University of Arts in Jinan, China where her stage experience expanded beyond writing to both acting and directing. After receiving her BFA from Shandong, she continued her studies and received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Shandong’s graduate theater program.
After graduating from Shandong, Yuchi recognized that her true passion was film, so she left China for the United States to purse an MFA in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. While at NYFA, Yuchi wrote and directed several of her own short films and worked on numerous other films as a crew member. Her extensive production work across various film departments has given her a tremendous amount of film production experience.
In all of her work, Yuchi strives to combine the visual poetry of cinematic images with the dramatic and intimate poetry of human relationships, in order to create work that is visually stunning while remaining entirely reflective of both the beauty and tragedy of human experience. 

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