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. Born in Inner Mongolia and raised in Shanghai, 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 is programmer for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and serves as a student program and policy advisor on the Steering Committee of the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities at Haverford College. He is currently working on a film project titled “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” a whimsical and visceral docu-fiction about the Chinese diaspora. Jia is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts at Haverford College, where he studies in Sociology and Anthropology, and minors in Visual Studies. Jia will be graduating in the Spring of 2021.




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