I Am Another You

I Am Another You

  • BY Nanfu Wang | IN Poverty
    Premiered January 29, 2018

About the Film

In I Am Another You, filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the meaning of personal freedom through the eyes of a young American drifter.

When 20-something Chinese filmmaker Nanfu first came to America in 2011, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. Staying at a hostel on a break from her studies at New York University, she encounters Dylan, a blonde, charismatic, 22-year-old drifter who has left a comfortable home and loving family in Utah for a life of intentional homelessness and unfettered adventure. MORE

Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera, living with him on the streets. But what begins as a portrait of a uniquely American quest for freedom is soon upended, unfolding instead as a haunting and unforgettable story of family, illness, and love.

The Filmmaker

Nanfu Wang is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her feature debut Hooligan Sparrow was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film has screened at festivals in over 25 countries, including Hot Docs, Sheffield, Full Frame, and Human Rights Watch Film Fest. It opened theatrically across North America and was later released on POV on PBS, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. It won over twenty awards internationally including a Peabody Award, a George Polk Award, two Emmy nominations, the Best Debut Film at the Cinema Eye Honors and the Truer than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Wang was honored by the International Documentary Association with the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Award. For I Am Another You, Wang won the SXSW LUNA Chicken & Egg Award for Best Documentary Feature directed by a woman and the SXSW Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling.  She was recently named one of Variety’s 2017’s Ten Documakers to Watch.

Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn graduate degrees in communications and documentary film from universities in China and the United States. Wang holds master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Nanfu Wang

Produced by
Nanfu Wang
Lori Cheatle

Creative Consultant
Peter Lucas

Cinematography by
Nanfu Wang
Michael Shade

Edited by
Nanfu Wang
Michael Shade

Music by
Nathan Halpern
Chris Ruggiero

The Olsen Family

For Hard Working Movies
Head of Production
Gabriel Sedgwick

Head of Development
Vanessa Meyer

Production Assistant
Cameron Nicoll

Production Assistant
Nicolas Luna

Sales Representation
Submarine Entertainment

Johnny Bassett

Editing Consultant
Anne Fabini

Additional Camera
Caleb B. Kuntz

Associate Editors
Ruohan Xu
Daniel Garber

Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixer
Ron Bochar

Additional Sound Designer
Michael Shade

Dialogue Editor
Sara Stern

Sound Effects Editor
Nicholas Renbeck

Assistant Sound Editor
Sarah Streit

DI Colorist
Yohance Brown

DI Conform Editor
Jason Cacioppo

Post-Production Supervisor
Steven Tollen

Original Compositions by
Nathan Halpern & Chris Ruggiero
Courtesy of Copticon Music and Jasper vs Sanchez (ASCAP)

Special Thanks
Alan Berliner
Caroline Libresco
Cecilia Rubino
Christoph Jorg
David Brundige
Dok Incubator
Everglades International Hostel
Freddy Neumann
Hannah Buck
Harry Vaughan
Iikka Vehkalahti
James Shade
Jason Sikkema
Jean Tsien
Judit Salter
Kirsten Johnson
Leland Foster
Luke Malone
Lynda Weinman
Maida Brankman
Marcia Rock
Mark Monroe
Marsha Shade
Milton Tabbot
Nicole Tsien
Nikki Heinman
Paul Shade
Sigrid Dyerjær
Steve Lewis
Will Lucas
Yijun He
Zaodi Wang
Zequn Yu
Zhihao Wang

Funding Provided By

Original Series Production Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

I Am Another You is a production of Little Horse Crossing the River Inc., in association with Hard Working Movies.

This program was produced by Little Horse Crossing the River Inc., which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2017 Little Horse Crossing the River Inc. All rights reserved.

What would your own life be if you abandoned all expectations and left the comforts behind? Have you ever lived free of constraint, or on the margins of society, like Dylan in the film?


  • SXSW Special
    Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling
  • Ashland Film Festival
    Special Jury Mention
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What would your own life be if you abandoned all expectations and left the comforts behind? Have you ever lived free of constraint, or on the margins of society, like Dylan in the film?