Vera Brunner-Sung (b. 1979) is a filmmaker who uses experimental, documentary, and narrative techniques to explore the relationship between place and identity.
The child of immigrants from Korea and Switzerland, Vera grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Early on, her intercultural, mixed-race experience created a fluid sense of belonging that informs her work. After undergraduate work in public policy and visual art at Brown University, she moved to California to study film with Thom Andersen, Rebecca Baron, James Benning, and Betzy Bromberg at CalArts.
Vera’s films, videos, and photographs have been presented at festivals, museums, and galleries in the U.S. and abroad, including the Torino Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, San Francisco International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Images Festival. Her first feature, Bella Vista, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014, and went on to win her the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival. She is a 2015 Fellow with the Center for Asian American Media.
In addition to making films, Vera is a writer and educator. Her essays, reviews, and reports have appeared in Sight & Sound, Moving Image Source, Cinema Scope, and Senses of Cinema. She previously taught in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, and the School of Media Arts at the University of Montana. She is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.