Jixin Jia
Visual Artist


Featured Work         

Bicentennial City (2020)

Presented in Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery

A portrait of untold stories from Philadelphia and the celebration of America’s 200th birthday party in 1976. This essay film “Bicentennial City” captures the voices behind the years of planning that led to events for, ultimately, two million visitors. The film spotlights the city as a dynamic place of unrecognized communal activity like the Save Chinatown Movement, the Vendor Wars, and the tremendous hub of creativity at Philadelphia International Records with a focus on session drummer Earl Young who invented the Disco Beat.

Featured Work         

Lingua Franca (2019)

Tri-Co Film Festival Finalist 2019

A mockumentary that mimics and transforms the style of traditional ethnographic films. It explores manipulations of languages in documentary filmmaking, cross-cultural encounter as well as colonial gaze.

Jixin Jia

Filmmaker,Visual Artist

Jixin Jia is a visual artist based outside Philadelphia. Jia's work is cross-cultural, intimate, and often humorous. His short films have been shown in the Tri-Co Film Festival and Cantor Fitzgeral Gallery. Jia was a programmer for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He also served as a student program and policy advisor on the Steering Committee of the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities at Haverford College. His most recent film project is a whimsical and visceral docu-fiction about the Chinese diaspora titled “Slow Boats to China.” Jia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College, where he majored in Sociology and Anthropology and minored in Visual Studies. Jia is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cinema & Media Studies and Art History at The University of Chicago.




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