Chesley Chen grew up making films in San Francisco. He went to UC Santa Cruz (BS, Biology) and the University of Southern California (MFA, Film Production). His short films have screened at festivals and aired on television around the world. Sandman is his first feature. He is currently working on a documentary about HIV+ mothers in Uganda who write memory books for their children, preparing for a film about the late Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim, as well as making narrative shorts again. Chen strives to make films that are more intimate than informative, that push the language of the medium. He resides in San Francisco in a flat crammed with unfinished art projects and ideas that looked better on paper. He can be seen riding around town on his bike, carrying his very cute dog.