Charles Chintzer Lai is a Taiwan-born, New York-based filmmaker that has lived in Asia, the U.K., and the U.S. While in the U.K., Charles made award-winning shorts Insomniacs and Blue Monday. The films received praise by critics from IndieWire, Filmmaker Magazine, and Sight & Sound.
Insomniacs was an official selection of Reykjavík, Champs-Élysées, Cinequest, Cucalorus, Dallas VideoFest, and Little Rock film festivals. The film stars Vanessa Kirby (Everest), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Anna Karenina), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), and Imogen Stubbs (Sense and Sensibility). Additionally, Blue Monday won 2013 NoBudge Awards for Best Drama and Best Female Performance.
Charles holds a BS from University of Southern California and Master’s from Oxford University and LSE. Being back in the U.S., he is working on stories that challenge perceptions about Asian-American masculinity and stereotypes.