J.P. Chan is a self-taught filmmaker living in New York City. A Picture of You, his critically acclaimed debut feature film, was released in 2014. He holds a graduate degree in urban planning from NYU and was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. He makes his movies while working full-time as Senior Director Creative for the MTA, the New York metro region’s public transportation agency.
More movie info at IMDB.
PRESS CLIPPINGS & EVENTS
- “The MTA’s Endearing Safe Travels Campaign” – AIGA Eye on Design, February 23, 2022
- TransitCon 2022 Evening Keynote – January 30, 2022
- “MTA Tests New Subway Map” – The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2021
- “See NYC’s Bold New Subway Map” – Fast Company, October 14, 2021
- “This is the OMNY Card” – Curbed/New York Magazine, October 1, 2021
- “Design Champion: Safe Travels Campaign” – Big Picture, March 6, 2021
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
- 2014 Best Screenplay for A Picture of You, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
- 2008 IFP Panasonic Digital Filmmakers Grant
- 2008 NYFA Fellowship in Video
- 2006 Urban Artist Initiative Grant
I’ve held my Don’t Quit Your Day Job filmmaking workshop at various venues for groups big and small since 2009. I also participate on panels and at events related to filmmaking and Asian American culture. If you’d like me to speak to your group, contact me.
My blog started in 2004 as a cameraphone photoblog but became more of a free-form blog in 2013. The cameraphone photos were taken with Apple iPhones starting in November 2007 and with Palm Treo 600 & 650 phones before that. (I guess you could say it was Instagram before Instagram existed.)